Georgia freshmen Leslie out rest of the year

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday Feb. 27, 2009

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia freshman Travis Leslie will sit out the rest of the season to concentrate on academics.

Leslie, who had started four games and was averaging 6.3 points, will not participate in practices, the final three regular-season games or the Southeastern Conference tournament.

"I want to apologize to my teammates, my coaches and the Georgia fans that have supported us," Leslie said in a statement. "I just lost focus on my schoolwork, and I hope that I can get back on track as I concentrate all of my time and energy on academics."

Leslie had played in 26 of Georgia's 28 games, scoring a season-high 23 points against Loyola-Chicago. "We feel that it is in Travis' best long-term interests that he concentrate fully on his academic work," interim coach Pete
Herrmann said. "That's where his focus needs to be for the rest of
the basketball season."

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