Will UGA star Trey Thompkins consider entering this year’s NBA draft?

ATHENS — Several folks have inquired on the blog about whether Trey Thompkins will consider entering this year’s NBA draft.

The answer appears to be: Maybe, but not yet.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” Thompkins, UGA’s sophomore forward,  said Wednesday, “just because I want to take care of this season before I let anything else come to mind.”

He did not seriously consider the NBA draft after his freshman season because “I knew personally I wasn’t ready.” But after making significant strides as a sophomore, will he face a more difficult decision?

“I don’t know,” Thompkins said. “Once I think about it, then it might be [more difficult]. But I haven’t really given it much thought yet.”

When he gets around to deciding on the draft, Thompkins said the promise of a resurgent Georgia program will be a factor.

“Yeah, because I want to be known as a guy who helped the program go from where it was to where it will be,” he said.

The 6-foot-10 Thompkins is the SEC’s second leading scorer (17.6 points per game) and fourth leading rebounder (8.2 per game). With four regular-season games remaining for Georgia (12-13, 4-8 SEC), including Thursday night’s at Vanderbilt, Thompkins is pleased with his progress from his freshman season.

“I became a much better player,” he said, “and with the coaching change, it didn’t slow that process at all. Coach Fox came right in and kept working with us as a team and let me know things individually I have to improve, and I worked on those things and I became a better player.”

The website NBADraft.net does not include Thompkins in its 2010 mock draft but projects both Thompkins and his UGA teammate Travis Leslie, also a sophomore, as solid first-round picks in 2011. Thompkins said he doesn’t pay attention to such projections.

“If that’s what people say, that’s what people say,” he said. “We just try to stay within our team and stay focused on the task at hand.”

A few other basketball notes:

– In an oddity of historical proportions, Georgia moved ahead of storied North Carolina in college basketball’s Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) standings early this week. “I know,” UGA coach Mark Fox said Wednesday.  “My 9-year-old son told me that last night.”  Tuesday’s RPI had Georgia No. 89 and the reeling Tar Heels No. 92.

– Georgia will be playing its 10th road game of the season Thursday, still seeking its first victory in an opponent’s arena. “We are a lot better team away from home than we were the first couple of trips,” Fox said. “I mean, we’ve got everybody bringing their sneakers now. We’re growing.” Three players famously forgot to carry their sneakers on a November trip to Alabama-Birmingham, Georgia’s first road game of the season. The key to getting a win on the road, Fox said,  is to play soundly at both ends of the court and in transition for the full 40 minutes.

– Thompkins said a road victory would be “like a weight off our shoulders. We’re working so hard to get it.” Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym is a famously difficult place for a visitor to win, and after Thursday night Georgia has just one road game remaining — the March 6 regular-season finale at LSU.

– At Vandy’s gym, the benches are on opposite baselines rather than on the sideline, meaning communication between coach and players can be impossible at times.  Fox doesn’t seem worried.  “Our players — do they listen to me anyway? I don’t know,” he said. “Seriously, I don’t know.  So I guess we’ll find out if they’ve been listening.”

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66 comments Add your comment

TommyP

February 24th, 2010
2:51 pm

Thanks for finding out for us, Tim.

That’s been my biggest worry. Thompkins is supremely talented and the NBA drafts mostly by projecting what each player WILL do in the future.

Great words to see about being one of the guys that built the program.

Top Dawg

February 24th, 2010
3:37 pm

Usually players with his kind of “potential” are gone after their mandatory year in school, which is a completely different joke altogether. But Trey seems to be interested in more than just NBA millions, I’m sure that crosses his mind but from his words it seems like he geniuinely cares about that state of the Bulldogs basketball program. That’s rare these days, hopefully he’ll rub off on Travis Leslie and they stick around for one more year. The same thing holds true for bulldogs basketball as the football team, if you keep the best kids in state you can produce championchips. This state is littered with all-star potential in athletics in general but when it comes to basketball and football, few states can compete.

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stay Trey

February 24th, 2010
3:38 pm

You need another year under your belt.

Knoshon trains with herschel

February 24th, 2010
3:38 pm

How come nobody has given light to Knowshon KO’ing a freshman Saturday night in Athens. Gave the guy a concussion. http://onlineathens.com/stories/022410/cop_566864743.shtml

KC MADMAN

February 24th, 2010
3:38 pm

They are both great talents, no doubt about it. However, how is it that a team with two “projected” first round draft picks finds itself last place in the SEC East standings and are a much improved team? My point being that both of these guys numbers are a little inflated due to the fact that there is no one else on the team to grab rebounds and score points…..okay Ricky McPhee is so so.

I project that both players stay in school and help Coach Fox build this program up…the future is bright in Athens for the B-ball program for sure

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Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

February 24th, 2010
4:12 pm

trains with hershel, Here’s some light, if you are 18 yrs old, do not get drunk and run your mouth. If you do, someone will knock you out and your friends will have to fill you in on the details later. Clear enough?

Knowshon trains with herschel

February 24th, 2010
4:17 pm

No matter what anyone says, it does not give the right to hit someone. If that was me or you (someone not in NFL) we would be in jail right now.

Joe B.

February 24th, 2010
4:18 pm

Jeez, would you please quit putting ideas in guys’ heads? The program finally has some positive momentum and all you want to do is find out if the best player is ready to bail out?

Stinger

February 24th, 2010
4:27 pm

Where is UGA ranked? Didn’t think so.

Collegiate Baseball:
#3 Georgia Tech
#5 Virginia
#7 Florida State
#11 Miami
#12 North Carolina
#15 Clemson

Baseball America:
#1 Virginia
#4 Georgia Tech
#7 Florida State
#15 Clemson
#16 Miami
#20 North Carolina

Powder Puff SEC huh???

SPX

February 24th, 2010
4:36 pm

Great post Stinger, considering this has nothing to do with baseball. But thanks for your valuable input regardless.

Anyways, I think Thompkins needs to stay another year or two. There’s no douting his skills, he’s a very skilled big man with soft touch. But he still misses to many shots, turns the ball over far too much, has trouble defensively at times against more athletic guys, and he still needs to get stronger. Hopefully Trey makes the correct decision to stay.

quaildawg

February 24th, 2010
4:37 pm

Let’s see 18 years old and drunk. Didn’t go right to authorities…hmmm wonder why? Consulted with friend (maybe attorney$$$) before reporting??? Seems like you are automatically accusing (”someone in NFL”) of throwing the first punch. Were you there??? Who’s to say that underage person who obviously can’t drink legally or responsibly wasn’t being obnoxious and let their Bulldog mouth overload their Birdog a$$, no pun intended, and instigated the whole situation. Sounds like someone is trying to cash in here!!!

GatorJacket

February 24th, 2010
4:42 pm

Stinger,
I am very happy to see UGA drop out of the top 25, but the SEC does have some representation, including the #1 team in one poll:

Collegiate Baseball:
#1 LSU
#9 UF
#23 S. Carolina
#28 Miss
#30 Arkansas

Baseball America:
#2 LSU
#5 UF
#10 S. Carolina
#17 Arkansas
#24 Miss

Hope that UGA doesn’t drop a couple versus the might Hatters of Stetson this weekend!

Knowshon trains with herschel

February 24th, 2010
4:42 pm

Yes Actually I know the guy and it did happen because they have a tape and pictures of it and a lot of eye witnesses. Guys who are already rock don’t need a payday. Get off your football players are untouchable stance.

GatorJacket

February 24th, 2010
4:44 pm

…and this is a Basketball blog any way!

Monticello Dawg

February 24th, 2010
4:57 pm

Tech apparently has another great baseball team, but based on past history, I don’t think they want to be playing a David Perno team for a trip to Omaha.

Diamond Dawg's Parole Officer

February 24th, 2010
5:17 pm

Stay Trey… If something happens to you, UGA will take care of you. Just ask Decory Bryant!

Diamond Dawg's Parole Officer

February 24th, 2010
5:21 pm

A current or ex-UGA athlete getting into a fight… Shocker.

Diamond Dawg's Parole Officer

February 24th, 2010
5:21 pm

What’s next, Tiger Woods caught cheating on his wife?

Diamond Dawg's Parole Officer

February 24th, 2010
5:26 pm

That’s just how KO-shown rolls… Demanding RESPECT!

BuLLdawg

February 24th, 2010
5:28 pm

Who CARES what some basketball guy does, playing in the Stegosaurus ?

Until you build him a new gym, I don’t care what he or the rest of them do

UGA is a FOOTBALL SCHOOL

Some of us JUST LOVE IT that we have LOST 14 games the last 4 years

And, some of us, are NOT HAPPY

14 LOSSES in FOOTBALL at UGA the LAST 4 YEARS now.

Sickening. And, to think that we FIRED Jim Donnan for having 13 losses his last 4 years here

Nilo Silvan

February 24th, 2010
5:48 pm

If Thompkins is projected as a lottery pick, there is 1% chance that he stays at UGA. He has been groomed for the NBA. Just hasn’t been projected high enough in previous years.

Taylor

February 24th, 2010
6:15 pm

I think people are failing to read that the Mock Draft is 2011 NOT 2010.

Tiki

February 24th, 2010
6:25 pm

He’s as good as gone. He didn’t want to come to Athens in the first place. Let’s just the say Felton’s version of Rodney Garner “hooked” his people up.

Señora Weeb

February 24th, 2010
7:49 pm

Oh goody, Knowshon Moreno in a drunken barroom brawl in Athens. Once a thug, always a thug.

Is there no end to it?

Señora Weeb

February 24th, 2010
7:52 pm

Well, at least the public defenders in Athens-Clark County have full employment defending UGA felons.

UGA Basketball Blog

February 24th, 2010
8:40 pm

Chris Barnes' Stone Hands

February 24th, 2010
9:46 pm

Trey still needs some work defensively, but would still be a solid pick for a team. I just don’t think he gets any respect because he wasn’t a “name” guy coming out of HS. I think he’s more like a Tim Duncan-type…would benefit greatly by staying longer, then could be a very solid pro for 10 years (not saying as good as Timmy, but same type of player).

Stinger, with all the great teams Tech has put on the diamond, how come they can’t win a championship? Shoot, we even just played for one a couple years ago, and lost by the length of a thumb or two (inside joke for us Dawg baseball fans). LSU won last year. Just like your basketball team, you get a whole bunch of great players (Texieria, Nomah, Veritek, etc) and have only one championship finals in which you got shellacked with a stacked team. In fact, no ACC team has won since 1955 (Wake Forest)….you can’t count Miami since their last championship was before they joined the ACC. Lastly, do you really believe ANY baseball poll? There are about 9 that people quote, and none are similar in rankings. It’s so early, so look at last year where we were ranked No. 1 in one poll and unranked in another. They are 10x worse than the BCS, IMO, but at least they have a playoff.

Louie

February 24th, 2010
9:48 pm

Well, where do I start.

Knowshow doesn’t have to worry about curfew now. He can come and go as he pleases.
It doesn’t look good however, as a role model for the mutts.
I mean he is almost a BIG TIME MUTT AS HERSHEL!!

And jackhammer, where the hell are you son?

Louie Jr. , Lick the old man, ok?

STILL……. L M F A O

Jealousy

February 24th, 2010
9:51 pm

Moreno,”once a thug always a thug”? Where did you come up with that? When has he ever been in trouble? Where are the UGA felons? Who the hell is Senora (D)Weeb?

Stinger, how many CWS Championships has your overratted Jackettes won ever? How many times have they been sent packing by the Dawgs? Nice try nerd!!

Jealousy

February 24th, 2010
9:54 pm

Louie,

It is H-E-R-S-C-H-E-L !!! You must be about 10 years old with a name like L-O-U-I-E.

Louie

February 24th, 2010
9:59 pm

Jealusy- You got that name because I stare at your girlfriend. And no, I’m older than 10.

My father and grandfather were both named Louie, FYI.

Now raise your hind leg and lick.

STILL..

THE YELLOW SWARM

February 24th, 2010
10:09 pm

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PATRON SAINT

February 24th, 2010
10:34 pm

seniora dweeb

Louie Jr.

February 24th, 2010
10:37 pm

My father was a loser, just like my son.

Hoops Rock

February 24th, 2010
10:54 pm

Hey BuLLDawg! You jump in every post talking about football. Guess what?!?! Some of us UGA grads and fans don’t give a damn about football. But I do care about basketball. And your GA is a football school doesn’t hold anymore when the Gators have football AND basketball titles recently. So since 99% of the articles and blogs on here are about football there are plenty of places for you to go and discuss what 9th grader is an up and comer that UGA just has to have.

Hoops Dawg

February 24th, 2010
11:41 pm

Trey’s not ready yet. It is possible that he could make an NBA roster, but he would not be an impact player and may never become one after sitting a couple years on the pines…remember Jumaine Jones anyone, or Jacky Dorsey if you want to go way back. I think Trey could become a fine NBA player with a year (and ideally 2 years more) under a coach who will help him to develop his skills.
Travis has improved so much from last year that we (and the mock drafts)get way ahead of ourselves. His ball handling skills must get much better and his shot (though getting better) is not sufficient to earn him a living in the NBA. Yes, Travis will have a shot at the league after another year, but another two years of hard work could transform him into a budding NBA star.
Many of you may protest “Why should these guys stay in school and pass on the money?” God forbid–these are young guys for whom the money will be there in the future. What’s more, they may even earn degrees if they stick around. True, you can’t eat a degree. But a college degree is a significant life accomplishment and something that players who earn one can be very proud of. I have one hell of a lot of respect for Shaq for doing what it took to earn his degree.

HB Ando

February 25th, 2010
12:42 am

While not suggesting that my opinion on Thompkins is meaningful to the young man and his family, as he considers whether or not to spend another year or two at Georgia, and continue to develop his game, I do believe that he’s got enough room for accessible improvement, on the floor, to support staying in Athens for at least another year.

He’s a guy who’s versatile and talented enough that if the right/wrong (depending on your perspective) folks get enough input into his decision, he just might be tempted to overvalue his realistic draft slot potential, and be yet another physically gifted SEC forward who jumps into the draft only to find the NBA isn’t quite as impressed with him as he’s been told.

You can see aspects of his game that are rapidly evolving this season, including his range, face-up game, and toughness under the boards. There’s a little bit of Antwan Jamison in him if he keeps getting better. But unless he’s under some type of familial, financial distress, that virtually forces him to seek out a professional pay check, quite possibly not a guaranteed NBA contract, as only first-rounders get those, then he really should consider coming back to Athens, continuing to work on the aspects of his game that could carry him into that first-round territory, either next summer or after his senior year, and enjoy the opportunity to play in a great conference, for a great program, living in a truly awesome city.

The NBA is not going away, though they may be taking a hiatus, in the way of a lock-out. Thompkins seems like the perfect candidate to step back, take advantage of the opportunity to further develop his game over the next season or two, and enter the draft when he is truly as versatile as he seems to potentially be.

The list of SEC players who have come out early, over the past decade, only to never be heard from again, or find themselves as fringe players, lacking long-term, guaranteed contracts, but battling for jobs with guys that have those very types of deals, is extensive.

I see flashes of a potentially solid NBA player. I hope he is patient enough to prepare himself fully before seeking to compete for that job. Look at what David West turned himself into by being patient, and working relentlessly at improving the aspects of his game that needed enhancement.

Mr Me

February 25th, 2010
1:11 am

People get knocked out all the time at the bar and rarely is anyone charged with anything. The only reason this makes news is because its a high profile guy. I’ve run into Knowshon plenty of times at the bars in Athens and he is far from a thug. The kid was probably a Tech nerd that tried to punch a bulldog in the mouth, resulting in his ass getting dropped. Eat it Nerds.

Mr Me

February 25th, 2010
1:14 am

Trey probably needs one more year under Fox to become a lottery pick, he’s right on the cusp this year. He and Leslie are definite first rounders next year. Plus i think the hoop dawgs could actually make some noise next year in year two of Coach Fox.

BuLLdawg

February 25th, 2010
1:15 am

14 losses for UGA in just the last 4 years ALONE.

BuLLdawg

February 25th, 2010
2:00 am

Hoops Rocks

Sorry to rain on your Parade, but :

12-13 UGA Bulldogs’ men’s basketball.

You LOST to Wofford at HOME in the Stegosaurus.

4-8 that is YOUR great basketball teams’ record in The SEC.

4-8.

You won 4 games last year too in The SEC.

And, you expect me to agree with you that a sport that requires 6 scholarships

Is important ?

More important than FOOTBALL.

B.S.

There were 3 billion people who watched the Super Bowl.

3 billion.

Itty-bitty little teeny weenie schools who want to make a name for themselves

Duke

Weak Forest

Georgia tek

Gonzaga

Give me a break.

All they need is 6 players and they can field a competitive team

A LOT more competitive than we field

You let every good basketball player in this state go somewhere else because of the Stegosaurus

And, you want me to beat my head against that wall.

Look, I try to get them to spend the money for you on that sport I am sorry but I just do not care about.

I look at the NBA and every game you could just walk in for free at the very end the last 15 seconds after they have opened up the doors for free access from the outside, and see the whole game.

The officials ruin every game.

It is amazing that the HOME team gets 30 fouls against every visiting team and 10 against themselves.

It is a conspiracy at every level of the game for street thugs, so that supposedly the HOME team will be viewed as exciting.

So the sport will prosper.

You get guys like Crittenton and Stephon Marbury, absolute THUGS.

If you want me to get excited about your team I frankly have never cared about, then try winning.

Try getting more than 2 basketball players in 4 years join the team.

Hell, you have got a walk-on who is better than everyone but those 2.

But, as for this BLOG being JUST ONLY FOR A DISCUSSION OF HOW GREAT UGA BULLDOGS’ MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM IS, B.S.

I can come in here and say whatever I want. I do not give a rats’ behind what you think about it either that I am sorry YOUR SPORT does not in the least interest me, not one damn iota.

What have you got maybe 2 guys in the NBA now ? That many ?

What do you get 5,000 for a game who even attend ? What’s up with this green, purple, yellow, and blue body suits covering up even your faces ? How can you even see through those nylons ?

Then, to top it all off, you have this March Madness where the number 65 worst team plays the number 1 best. Then, Duke says how great they are beating damn Stony Brook. Look at Duke wow they’re great. None of them from Duke ever do anything in NBA, flukes. Then, they LOSE to some number 50 team in the next round. Junk.

Total Junk.

THUGS.

Just thugs.

OFFICIALS.

Only the officials think everyone is there to just watch them.

Dead last.

UGA is Dead last in The SEC East.

How freaking fun is that ?

0 wins on the road.

All season long in The SEC, UGA has won nothing on the road.

No game.

Not 1.

0-10.

All season long on the road, UGA has won 0.

10 road games.

10 road losses.

What I am supposed to say, the Officials are one-sided for the HOME team on fouls to try to make the game more exciting for the home team ? I said that.

Well, at least you can win the last game of the year. You play LSU and they haven’t won a single game all year long. Oh, you play that game on the road in Baton Rouge. Sorry.

Is there anything else you want to know about UGA Bulldogs’ men’s basketball ?

I can come in here on any blog and discuss football. Get a real sport to root for. One not dominated by officials, thugs, and losing basketball no one cares about but you.

Hoops Rocks

BuLLdawg

February 25th, 2010
2:32 am

Jim Donnan fired for losing 13 games his last 4 years here.
Coach Richt has LOST 14 games his last 4 years here.

RAMBLE AWAY FOR GOOD!!!

February 25th, 2010
6:04 am

Well at least BuLLdawg is consistent…..He is a jackass on every sport!!!

BuLLdawg is full of...

February 25th, 2010
7:17 am

…bullshiite – He would not know a basketball from a football unless you show him a picture! He says the Stegasaurus is crappy; yet Sanford Stadium is pitiful in its own right – concourses too narrow and restrooms worse than Booby Dood (if that is possible) – seating is terrible and needed replacing 15 years ago. At least the Steg is getting a face lift -nothing can be done with Sanford other then an implosion and a re-build – and that ain’t happening. What a joke this moron is day in and day out – His momma doesn’t know he is on the computer at all hours of the night, every night!

Hoops Rock

February 25th, 2010
7:22 am

My my BuLLdawg, you certainly are a long winded thing aren’t you. See here’s the difference between me and you, aside from brevity. I can come to grips with the fact that there are other sports at UGA aside from football that other people enjoy, and don’t have to put them down to feel like a big bad internet tough guy. In the past, we had an AD who thought like you did. But now we have one that sees we can have an excellent basketball team and facilities too. So just sit back and watch as we spend all your “football” money to renovate Stegeman. So be sure to give extra this year.

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

February 25th, 2010
7:27 am

Bar room brawls and UGA’s basketball team falls ! Seems like times havent changed in big ole Athens town. Athens is always a good place for a circus. Might as well bring the Diving Mules Act back to the Stegosaurus along with a painted bulldog no matter what PETA thinks!

Pugnacious Paul

February 25th, 2010
7:42 am

Did ole Knowshow punch’em in the mouth ?????? I bet ole Brandon Spikes can punch’em ole Knowshow behind the line of scrimmage… Ha HA HA Ha

Pugnacious Paul

February 25th, 2010
7:48 am

CatsFly

February 25th, 2010
8:25 am

UGa fans don’t give a hoot that one of its glorified bully fb players almost killed a classmate. “Love live Knowshon”, they say.