UGA Sports Communications
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, head coach Mark Fox announced Tuesday.
Additionally, UGA teammate Travis Leslie, also a junior, 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 6-10 forward from Lithonia, Ga., 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 UGA career with 1,396 points and 693 rebounds. Those figures rank 13th and 10th, respectively, on the school’s career charts.
“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. 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.
“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.