Can he handle the rock?
That's the challenge for Leslie this year and for the future. He already has the pro body. Big-time athleticism. Great attitude.
Leslie did a fantastic job last year playing the 3. He already projects to be a high-level selection in the NBA draft.
But if Leslie wants to make the most of his potential, he has to play the hand that's been dealt him. He's not likely to sprout up another 3 or 4 inches. Travis knows that as talented as he is, as successful as he has been at small forward, he will make his living playing the shooting guard.
“He needs to play more in the backcourt just for his development as a player,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “If he can do that, then it allows us to play a big two-guard and Marcus (Thornton) at the three, and with them you’ve got two very athletic wings.”
Leslie's time this summer was spent developing the skills that a 2-guard needs. Handling the ball, passing, defending quicker players.
So far, so good. As Dustin Ware is quoted, "His (Leslie's) ball-handling between now and last season is like night and day."
Great article from the ABH.