In last week's NBA Draft the Los Angeles Clippers took two teammates out of the University of Georgia when they selected Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie. A recent story from Clippers.com details how surprised Thompkins and Leslie were when selected by the same team. Trey Thompkins, the man the Los Angeles Clippers selected first out of the two, was jubilant upon realizing his buddy could be headed to the Los Angeles as well:
“I almost cried to be honest with you,” Thompkins said.” I called him around the 45th pick because I heard he might be coming to the Clippers too. He basically just answered me and said, ‘Hey, I think I heard the same thing.“
When the 47th pick came in and the selection was in fact Travis Leslie, the two former teammates became teammates once again. Just like Thompkins, Leslie is excited by the prospect of playing together for years to come:
“I’m very glad that we’ll be playing together,” Leslie said. “It seems like we can’t separate. At Georgia, we were always together. And now we’ll be playing in the NBA together. It’s a great feeling.”
The Georgia connection on the Los Angeles Clippers' roster does not stop with Thompkins and Leslie. Los Angeles Clipppers' Small Forward Al-Farouq Aminu is from Atlanta and is already good friends with Trey Thompkins.
“Al-Farouq (Aminu) and I went to middle school together,” Thompkins said while laughing. “We were actually the reason that we both started playing ball. He was tall, I was tall, and we got together and told each other we’d play on the same team in middle school. We definitely built a relationship at a young age.”
“Right when I got picked by the Clippers, Farouq texted me and said, ‘Wow, small world.“
The fact that these players know each other well and have already played together for years can only bode well for the team and chemistry as a whole.
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