April 5, 2011

Decisions are in

Trey Thompkins has played his last game for the Georgia basketball team.

Tuesday, Bulldog head coach Mark Fox announced that the junior from Lithonia was ending his collegiate career to apply for the NBA Draft, set for June 23 in Newark, N.J.

That wasn't the only news coming from the Bulldog camp.

Junior Travis Leslie also announced that he will add his name to the list of underclassmen in the NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent, which would preserve his collegiate eligibility should he decide to return.

"I have spoken with my family and coaches about my situation, and I feel that it's best for me to forgo my senior season and enter the NBA Draft," Thompkins said in a statement. "I would just like to thank everyone who has supported me in this decision."

Thompkins, a 6-10 forward, earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors the past two years and was the preseason SEC Player of the Year. He has led the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding in each of the previous two seasons and will close his UGA career with 1,396 points and 693 rebounds. Those numbers put him 13th and 10th, respectively, on the school's all-time lists.

"We certainly appreciate Trey's contributions to the program and we wish him well in the pursuit of his dreams," Fox said in a statement.

A 6-4 guard from Decatur, Leslie was a second-team All-SEC selection by league coaches after averaging 14.4 points and 7.2 rebounds last year.

He has scored 1,099 career points, which ranks 30th on Georgia's career list.

"Travis has exercised his right to 'test the waters' as a junior," Fox said. "We will help him manage that process in a timely manner."

The deadline for collegiate underclassmen to withdraw their names from the draft and preserve eligibility is May 8.

Fox was expected to meet with beat writers Tuesday afternoon.

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