As if the 79-49 whipping that the Georgia men’s basketball team received last night at the hands of Kentucky wasn’t damaging enough to the psyche of the UGA players and fans, today the Bulldog program took another shot on the chin as its NBA representation was slashed by 25% with the Los Angeles Clippers’ demotion of Travis Leslie.
Leslie, a three-year player for the Dawgs and a key member of last season’s NCAA Tournament team, was designated today – according to ESPN LA – to the Bakersfield Jam of the Developmental League. He appeared in only 8 of the Clippers first 33 games, averaging 1.5 points and 1 rebound per game.
Travis Leslie’s latest tweet revealed some frustrations the young man obviously has with his team’s decision:
“How can u prove something when u don’t get a chance”
Leslie’s decision to forgo his senior season at Georgia raised a few eyebrows as many observers and fans thought that he might benefit from one more year of college basketball so that he could enhance his shooting and dribbling skills.
I do not know Travis Leslie’s family situation and what role that played in his choosing to leave early, but I am almost positive that some hot-shot agent filled his head with a lot of lofty promises that most likely nudged him towards turning pro.
I hope that Leslie makes the most of his opportunity in Bakersfield so that he will enjoy a speedy return to the NBA.