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UGA's Thompkins to enter draft; Leslie testing waters
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ATHENS - University of Georgia junior Trey Thompkins will enter the 2011 NBA Draft and also plans to hire an agent, effectively ending his career as an amateur, coach Mark Fox announced Tuesday.

Additionally, Georgia junior Travis Leslie will add his name to the list of underclassmen in the NBA Draft but will not hire an agent, thus preserving his collegiate eligibility.

Thompkins, a 6-foot-10 forward from Lithonia earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors the past two years. He has led the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding each of his those years and will finish his career with 1,396 points and 693 rebounds.

"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. "I would just like to thank everyone who has supported me in this decision."

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

Leslie, 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.

"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. The NBA Draft will take place June 23 in Newark, N.J.

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