ATHENS -- Travis Leslie is close to a decision on whether to enter his name in the NBA draft, although which way he’s leaning remains unknown.
The Georgia junior was due to speak to head coach Mark Fox on Monday, according to his high school coach, who added that Leslie was tentatively planning an announcement for Wednesday.
Phil McCrarey, who coached Leslie at Columbia High School, said he didn’t know which way Leslie was leaning.
“Travis is a very mature person. He kept everything in consideration,” McCrarey said. “He’s not one of those kids who always rushes into a decision. He’s one of those kids that evaluates what’s best for himself and what’s the best decision he can make.”
Leslie, a 6-foot-4 swingman, is rated the 30th-best prospect in the nation, according to Draftexpress.com. He averaged 14.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this year for Georgia, which got its first at-large NCAA berth in nine years.
Aran Smith, president of the web site NBAdraft.net, said Leslie could “sneak” into this year’s first round, but was more likely a second-round pick according to the scouts he knew.
“Leslie is probably the most explosive athlete in all of college basketball,” Smith said. “He showed some development as the season progressed but remains a bubble first rounder at best. Scouts aren’t sure he has the feel for the game or offensive skills and consider him to be more athlete than basketball player at this point.”
Georgia junior forward Trey Thompkins, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, was also considering whether to enter his name in the draft.
Players have until April 24 to enter the draft, and if they don’t sign with an agent, they can withdraw by May 8 to retain their NCAA eligibility.