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They both signed their letters today. Here is the article on Leslie:

Columbia basketballer Leslie signs with Georgia

Eagles star makes it official, opening spring signing period


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 04/16/08

An upgraded practice facility and a late run in the SEC tournament was all Travis Leslie needed to convince him that Georgia was a perfect fit.

Leslie, the AJC Class AAAA basketball player of the year from Columbia High, officially signed with the Bulldogs on Wednesday to open the spring signing period that lasts until mid-May.

"I like the staff at Georgia," said Leslie, who led Columbia to the state title last month. "I think with the recruiting class coming in that we have a shot at keeping it going. I hate losing. It is up to the players to make sure Georgia stays on top."

The 6-foot-4 Leslie averaged 21 points and eight rebounds to help the Eagles win their second title in three years. He said Georgia freshman center Jeremy Price played a big part in him choosing the Bulldogs over Clemson.

"Jeremy was my host when I went on my visit a few weeks ago," Leslie said. "He treated me real well."

Leslie's mother, Virginia, said she was impressed when she met Bulldogs coach Dennis Felton and likes his disciplinary style. She compared Felton to Columbia coach Phil McCrary.

"I'm very pleased with Travis' decision," Virginia Leslie said. "I stay on him at home and coach McCrary was real tough, and that is what he needs. There will not be any goofing around because he knows I will not, and coach [Felton] will not, stand for it."

Leslie's teammate, Kenny Mitchell, signed with Charleston Southern during the ceremony in the school's media center.


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Dennis Felton will complete his first official act as coach of the reigning SEC Tournament champions today when the spring signing period opens.

Georgia expects signatures from two Atlanta-area guards today, which will give the Bulldogs a five-man freshman class for the 2008-09 season. Four of those five recruits are from the Atlanta area.

"We were doing really well with recruiting early on," Felton said Tuesday. "We had a fabulous early signing period and we've been poised to have a fantastic late signing period. (The SEC Tournament title) speaks more toward future classes.

"We were already poised to have a great class and end our '08 recruiting successfully even before the SEC championship. But moving forward, championships are very, very rare so whenever you can win a championship, it creates an energy and a buzz that is very advantageous to what we're doing."

Georgia has verbal commitments from Ebuka Nyaorah and Travis Leslie. Georgia signed forward Trey Thompkins out of Wesleyan in Norcross, forward Drazen Zlovaric out of Sagemont Upper School, Fla. and guard Dustin Ware from North Cobb Christian during the early signing period in November.

"Our staff did an extraordinary job with recruiting, having to battle through all the perceived uncertainty," Felton said.

"The Georgia high school basketball community, they believe so much in what we're doing, that kept us in position, even throughout some of the challenges of this so we've got to be excited."

Much of the spring recruiting took place during the SEC schedule when Georgia went 4-12 and speculation about Felton's future gained momentum.

Georgia doubled its SEC win total to win the conference tournament and qualify for the NCAA Tournament in March. The postseason run ended rumors about Felton's future, and both verbal commitments came after the season ended.

Anyaorah, a 6-foot-3 guard from North Gwinnett, averaged 26.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists a game.

He verbally committed to Colorado in March but backed out to visit Georgia.

Leslie, a 6-4 forward from Columbia, averaged 22.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists for the Class AAAA state champions. He was a high school teammate of current Georgia forward Jeremy Price. Leslie will likely play in the backcourt at Georgia. He was also recruited by Clemson and Georgia Tech.

Rivals.com ranks Leslie No. 18 in the nation among small forwards and No. 111 overall. Anyaorah is not ranked by rivals.com.

If the signatures come in as expected, Georgia will have three guards and two forwards in this class. Last season's freshman class had three forwards and two guards. Forward Jeremy Jacob will get a redshirt freshman season after sitting most of 2007-08 because of stress fractures.

Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on 041608

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