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Post Leslie, Hassell honored by SEC

Monday January 25, 2010

Georgia small forward Travis Leslie was named the SEC Player of the Week, and Lady Dog reserve center Jasmine Hassell was named the SEC Freshman of the Week.

Leslie flirted with a triple-double in Saturday’s win over Tennessee and set the tone with a beautiful steal and dunk early on. He finished the game with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Most encouraging were two jumpshots he hit that demonstrated mid-to-long range. If he develops as a jumpshooter, defenses will have to contend with his shot, the spot-up shooting of McPhee, and the inside-outside game of Thompkins. He won’t have to hit many to make a big difference.

Hassell’s performance on Sunday was impressive enough to earn top freshman honors for the week despite 1) being on the losing side, 2) coming off the bench and 3) playing only three minutes on Thursday. Hassell had an impressive game at Arkansas last weekend, but she and the rest of Georgia’s bench was used sparingly in their upset of Tennessee. Against Ole Miss Georgia starter Angel Robinson went down with an ankle injury in the first half, and Hassell had to go the rest of the way. She responded with a career-high 20 points, pulled down seven rebounds, and was perfect from the free throw line.

Jasmine James has already taken SEC Freshman of the Week honors four times this year, and ,along with Hassell’s emergence, is a strong sign for the future of the Lady Dogs program.

Meanwhile, let’s watch us some Travis Leslie – first with the steal and dunk, and then with the assist:

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