#1 Travis Leslie | G

Hometown: Decatur, GA

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 204

Position: Shooting Guard

Team: Georgia

Class: Junior

Right-handed... Leslie is a tremendously gifted athlete, with nice scoring instincts. He has been described as a "run-and-jump" athlete and a slashing scorer who excels scoring in the mid-range and around the rim. When he finally decides to head to the next level, there is no doubt that Leslie will be one of the better performers, athletically at least, at the NBA combine. He is a highlight reel waiting to happen on any given night... Between his freshman and sophomore years, Leslie grew and matured exponential amounts as a player. He has always had a very good motor, but in almost every aspect of his game, he developed. After shooting only three 3-pointers in his rookie season (making none), he shot 11 as a sophomore, making six (52.5%). He still needs more reps, but he is showing signs of developing a nice jump shot... Slashing through the lane, Leslie is aided by his physical stature and athletic abilities. He can get into the lane and finish with contact around the rim. By adding a jump shot to his offensive arsenal, Leslie became more dangerous. He upped his field goal percentage and offensive efficiency by shooting more jump shots. How many players can say that? He is an excellent rebounder for his position. He using his leaping ability and strength to come down with rebounds. With his athleticism and quickness, he developed into a solid defensive factor. He can battle in the post or defend on the perimeter, but he can affect shooters with his ability to block shots or slow down plays with his quick hands and defensive instincts....

At 6'4", Leslie is a bit undersized for 2-guard at the next level... He is in the midst of developing his perimeter game, but he is still a long way away from being a constant outside threat. Through two years of collegiate basketball, he has attempted just 14 3-point attempts. Granted he has taken hundreds of 3s a day last offseason and he will continue to work hard this offseason, he will need every ounce of that hard work.... To make him a more effective slasher and perhaps more of a combo guard, Leslie should further develop his ball skills. With an improved handle, not only will he be able to create more for himself, but for others as well... As long as Leslie maintains the confidence to stay on top of his work, he should progress nicely... Off-the-court, Leslie must stay on top of his school work. He missed the last five games of his freshman campaign to concentrate on academics...
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