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Clippers select Wesleyan grad Thompkins in NBA draft

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers have selected forward Trey Thompkins of Georgia with the 37th pick in the second round of the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-10 junior from Wesleyan left school after three seasons to enter the draft. He averaged 16.4 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Bulldogs last season.

Thompkins had 50 blocks last season, the most by a Georgia player in 15 years.

His father, Howard Thompkins Jr., was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 1981.

Thompkins will join Norcross grad Al-Farouq Aminu in L.A. Aminu was selected by the Clippers with the eighth pick in last year's draft.

The Clippers had the 37th pick once before in the draft when they took Elliot Perry of Memphis in 1991. He played 10 games for the team that season before being waived, and went on to play 10 years in the league.

Ten picks after selecting Thompkins, the Clippers chose guard Travis Leslie of Georgia with the 47th pick in the second round of the NBA draft.

Like Thompkins, Leslie left Georgia after his junior season, when he averaged 14.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Leslie is known for his dunking ability.