College coaches are scratching Travis Leslie's name off their must-see lists these days. The spring must-see list, that is. The 6-foot-5 wing from Columbia High School in Decatur, Ga., is becoming a must-see now guy in the class of 2008 with his stellar play for one of the best teams in the country.
Leslie, a class of 2008 prospect, was outstanding at the Prime Time Tour last week and followed up his 20 point, 10 rebound effort against LeFlore (Ala.) with a 29 point game the game after. Leslie's recent performances don't come as a big surprise to teammate Lance Storrs, who is headed to Georgia Tech next year.
"I feel like he realizes his potential and because of that, he's being more aggressive and looking to score more," Storrs said of his rising teammate. "Every night, we tell Travis that he is going to be the key guy to score because a lot of teams are looking to stop me and Price. He's stepped up this year a lot. He's got that experience and that confidence now. That's helped him more than he knows."
Jeremy Price, another teammate at Columbia and future Georgia Bulldog, agrees.
"He works harder. We always knew he was very athletic but he's working hard on his jump shot and he's working on all areas of his game," Price said. "With Travis, there is no real way to guard him. You can't double team him because that leaves either me or Lance open. You can't play him one on one because you don't know what he's going to do. I don't think he even knows what he's going to do."
Leslie, a simplest when it comes to breaking down his own game, said he doesn't try to do anything out of the ordinary.
"All I want to do is go out and play hard. That's what I do," Leslie said. "My midrange game is real good and I like to go and attack. My rebounding is pretty good. It's the team first, me second kind of thing."
Leslie said he is averaging 15 points, 12 rebounds and leading Columbia in steals. The secret is starting to get out on the three-star wing. Schools are coming by slowly but steadily.
College of Charleston head coach Bobby Cremins, Georgia and Georgia Tech have all been in to see him this year, he said.
"There are a lot of schools," Leslie said. "I can't even think of them all.
"Florida, they probably send me the most stuff. They send it to me and my mom. Georgia sends a lot of things. Oklahoma State is another. I can't think of them all."
Unlike Storrs and Price, Leslie said he does not want to make an early decision.
"I want to wait for a little while," Leslie said. "There might be a different college out there for me. Maybe a better one. I'd just like to have more options."
Options won't be a problem for Leslie. Not if he continues to play the way he has been playing.