Thursday, June 23, 2011

Clippers Claim Dawgs


University of Georgia basketball alumni Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie were both selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark, New Jersey, late Thursday night.

Thompkins, Trey1Thompkins was taken by the Clippers as the 37th overall selection. Twenty minutes later they took Leslie as the 47th overall pick of the draft.

Thompkins, a 6-10 forward from Lithonia, Georgia, earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors the past two years. He has led the Dawgs in scoring and rebounding each of his those years and will finish his UGA career with 1,396 points and 693 rebounds. Those figures rank 13th and 10th, respectively, on the school's career charts.

Leslie, TravisMugLeslie, a 6-4 guard from Decatur, was a second-team All-SEC pick by the league's head coaches this past season. He averaged 14.4 points and 7.2 rebounds in 2011, second on the team behind Thompkins in both categories, and he also handed out 97 assists. Like Thompkins, he surpassed the 1,000-point mark in 2011 and finished the season with 1,099 points, which ranks 30th on the UGA career scoring chart.

This year marks the first NBA Draftee from Georgia since Jarvis Hayes was the 10th pick of the 2003 draft, taken by the Washington Wizards.

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