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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Georgia was definitely on the Los Angeles Clippers‘ minds.
Thompkins, a 6-foot-10 forward from Lithonia, Ga., averaged 16.4 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Bulldogs last season, when his 50 blocks were the most by a Georgia player in 15 years. He made the All-SEC first team each of his three years.
His father, Howard Thompkins Jr., was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 1981.
Leslie, a 6-4 guard from Decatur, Ga., averaged 14.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He’s known for his dunking ability. He was named to the All-SEC second team last season.
He said the team has been following both players throughout their college careers.
Second-year Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said it just worked out that both of the team’s picks were from the same school.
“The skill set of Trey is impressive, the way he can shoot the ball,” Del Negro said.
Despite the looming threat of an NBA lockout, the Clippers are eager to get their two picks to Los Angeles to learn the team’s culture and start working them out.
“The game comes too easily to him at times,” he said. “He was able to get away with it because he was so much better (in college).”
“We like our roster the way it is,” he said, nothing the team has $12 million in salary cap room to land a big-name free agent.
The Clippers never had much to show for having the 37th and 47th picks once before. They took Elliot Perry of Memphis with the 37th pick in 1991. He played 10 games for them that season before being waived, and went on to play 10 years in the league.
They took Tim McCalister from Oklahoma with the 47th pick in 1987, but he never appeared in an NBA game.
“Taking a guy that’s going to hang around your roster for a year or two doesn’t do anything for you,” Olshey said.
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