Friday, March 11, 2011
Travis Leslie unable to reach sister
By Mark Schlabach ESPN.com
ATLANTA -- Georgia forward Travis Leslie played in Friday's SEC tournament quarterfinals at the Georgia Dome as his parents and family frantically try to reach his older sister, who is stationed in Japan with the U.S. Navy.
Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox said he was unaware Leslie's older sister, Shaquela Leslie, was missing until shortly after the Bulldogs' 65-59 overtime loss to Alabama.
"He kept a lot of it to himself," Fox said. "He was really upset after the game. He was in tears. I pulled him aside and asked him what was wrong. He opened up about it. It's a tough deal. He's a great kid."
A magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Japan early Friday, causing a 23-foot tsunami to strike the island. At least 300 people are believed to be dead. It has been called the fifth-largest earthquake in history.
All U.S. military and federal government personnel based in Japan are accounted for with no reports of injuries, ABC News reported Friday.
Fox said Leslie's family has been unable to reach his sister since the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan.
"They haven't been able to reach her," Fox said. "They haven't had any contact with her since the earthquake."
Leslie, who attended Columbia High School in nearby Decatur, Ga., led Georgia with a season-high 24 points on 9-for-19 shooting with 10 rebounds.