Teammate ‘definitely’ thinks Trey Thompkins will be back at UGA next season

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ATHENS – For the first time in seven years, Georgia has a first-team All-SEC men’s basketball player.

Sophomore forward Trey Thompkins received the honor Tuesday by unanimous vote of the league’s coaches, becoming the Bulldogs’ first All-SEC first-teamer since Jarvis Hayes in 2003.

Thompkins hasn’t said whether he’ll return for his junior season next year or possibly enter the NBA draft, but teammate Albert Jackson said he  thinks Thompkins will return and make a run at the SEC’s Player of the Year Award.

“Oh, yeah, definitely, I think he’s going to be back next year,” Jackson said.  “I can’t say because I’m not him, but definitely he enjoys college. He’s enjoying it up here at Georgia, and I think he’s really excited to keep developing. He’s not satisfied with just coming to Georgia and playing; he wants to achieve a lot of things. And I think until he achieves the success at Georgia that he wants, he’ll be here for a long time.”

Next season, Jackson said, could be special for Thompkins. “If I was to give my vote right now,” said Jackson, a senior, “I’d say Trey Thompkins would be player of the year next year.”

Coach Mark Fox called Thompkins into his office before practice Tuesday to tell him about the All-SEC recognition.  Thompkins said later that he was happy and thankful for the honor but keeping his focus on this week’s SEC Tournament. “I try to focus on how we can win games,” he said.

Thompkins credited his success this season to the hard work he put in last summer at getting stronger and better conditioned.  And whenever he decides to turn pro, he said, “there’s another level of strength I have to reach, because those are grown men playing in the NBA.”

Of the eight players on the All-SEC first team, five were unanimous choices: Thompkins, forward DeMarcus Cousins and guard John Wall of Kentucky, guard Jermaine Beal of Vanderbilt and guard Devan Downey of South Carolina.  The other players on the first team are Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson, Tennessee center Wayne Chism and Mississippi State forward Jarvis Varnado.

“It’s a blessing to be on the same team with that caliber of players,”  Thompkins said.

In the coaches’ voting, Wall was named the SEC Player of the Year and Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings the Coach of the Year.

Georgia had no second-team All-SEC players. Fox found it a bit surprising that Travis Leslie didn’t make the second team.

“There were 16 guys named on the first- and second team, and he’s in the [SEC's] top 16 in both scoring and rebounding,” Fox said. “Travis has had a good year but not good enough in those other coaches’ eyes, I guess. But he’ll be back.”

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March 9th, 2010
2:59 pm

Proud to see Thompkins’ play recognized… Great player and good kid… But, he needs one more year before jumping to the NBA… Georgia needs him and he needs Georgia. One more year Trey!


March 9th, 2010
3:16 pm

Fox should have been coach of the year.


March 9th, 2010
3:17 pm

A big leap in team progress next season, adn we’re doing good now, and both Trey and Tranis will stay. Depends how well Coach Fox recruits and developes the team. I’m excited about UGA B’ball. GO DAWGS!


March 9th, 2010
3:17 pm

It appears the NBA is headed for a lock-out in 2012…so maybe Trey will play all four years! He might as well. Here’s Hoping!

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

March 9th, 2010
3:20 pm

Congrats to Thompkins well deserved….Leslie’s last 2 games hurt him in the voting…I’ve said it before, Leslie’s the key to how far the dawgs go in the SEC tournament….when he is hot lookout…


March 9th, 2010
3:23 pm

Congratulations to Thompkins! I hope to see you back next year so we can accomplish some great things at UGA!

Bryan G.

March 9th, 2010
3:26 pm

Can someone explain to me how there are 8 players on the first team? I think that team would get a technical foul for too many men on the court, right?

college is forever

March 9th, 2010
3:29 pm It can easily hold 15-20 matchbox cars, 50+ hair ribbons, and two really big ham and cheese. Check out the UGA classic tin lunchbox. Go Dawgs!!


March 9th, 2010
3:48 pm

Am I the only person who’s a little annoyed with the Dawgs for losing to LSU( the worst team in the SEC!!). It’s typical UGA half-assness! Get up to play the Tennessee’s and Florida’s, but piss away losses to the LSU’s. I mean damn, if they would just lock it up against the losing teams, they’d have more wins than losses and they would have an outside chance at the tournament! I know the Dawgs have exceeded expectations this year, but I’m tired of accepting moral victories. When you have a chance to seal a victory, you need to step up and freakin do it!!I know these kids have been told how great they are their whole lives, but finishing 13-16 when you have a chance to be better is not good enough.


March 9th, 2010
3:53 pm

Congrats Trey! A great career is awaiting you at the next level. Go Dawgs!


March 9th, 2010
4:24 pm

He is gone. Doesn’t like Athens much and didn’t necessarily want to go there. Was delivered by Coach Feltons’ “Bagman.”

Bryan G.

March 9th, 2010
4:37 pm

classof2004, I think you raise great points. The LSU game was a debacle. The team just played flat and awful. Also, some of our late game decision making has been bad in one possession games.

One would hope with talent and experience increasing, these issues would decrease. Only time will tell.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

March 9th, 2010
4:53 pm

Bryan G. and ugaclassof2004…I am MORE annoyed by the losses in which we had the lead late and couldn’t hold it….the LSU loss was a “stinker”…and we were due for one of those…we were flat it happens…..we were also flat in the Auburn loss…


March 9th, 2010
4:56 pm

It was hard to watch the Dawgs play LSU. I watched or listened to every game this year and this was the first game where there was a complete lack of motivation displayed by the Dawgs. I think they invested so much energey into trying to beat UK the previous game plus all of the close games they lost in the final minute(s) just caught up to them. No big deal. Hopefully they will come out focused against Arkansas this Thursday and win two, three, four games in the tournament. Not sure that they have the depth needed to carry them to an SEC tournament championship. They do have the talent to do it but They will also need the heart of the 07/08 team to pull it off.

Go Dawgs!


March 9th, 2010
5:03 pm

Fox should have been coach of the year? Really? For coming in last or for giving LSU their 2nd SEC victory? What a joke…Stallings led a team of mostly sophomores to the NCAA field, and almost had a share of the SEC title with UK’s group of NBA lottery picks. Fox is good, but c’mon…Stallings is the obvious choice here.


March 9th, 2010
5:07 pm

I had a great year, but Coach Fox should have beaten us twice. I hope they lose in Round 1 so I don’t have to coach against Fox again this year.

Monticello Dawg

March 9th, 2010
5:25 pm

My thoughts as to why UGA played poorly in some of the more winnable games on the schedule (and some posters have alluded to what I am about to say):

Basketball season is a long grind, and there are going to be a few games where you just flat out stink. If you are UK, sheer talent enables you to overcome the lethargy and pull out a win. Georgia’s talent base is not capable of doing that, margin of error is very small, so those off games mean ugly losses.

Someone mentioned the extreme effort expended in playing some of the top teams and coming close. Then, in a winnable game, the spirit may be willing, but the flesh is weak, as the saying goes.

I think we will see a rejunvenated team the first couple of tournament games (yes, I do see us beating the Razorbacks).

come on

March 9th, 2010
7:27 pm

here is the problem u run into with success in the bball program. players leave after one good year


March 9th, 2010
7:31 pm

Congratulations Trey. You guys were fun to watch this year. Come back and we will win those close ones next year.


March 9th, 2010
9:12 pm

We are not talented enough, yet, to be able to win games when not playing at our best, especially on the road in the SEC, or against any good opponent on their floor. We are young in most places, which accounts for a good bit of the late game fades, and lack of killer instinct to put teams away. Mainly though, we just are not talented enough…yet. My understanding is we have a bona fide point guard redshirted for next year, and if so, we may be just a big senior season from Jeremy Price or another big man away from really being a team to watch.

Coffee Bluff DAWG

March 9th, 2010
9:14 pm

Great year Trey. Enjoyed coming to Stegeman to watch you and your high flying teammate Leslie.


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March 10th, 2010
12:23 am

trey, i followed your career since high school. don’t fool yourself like a lot of other college players need at least two more years of college no means are you ready for the NBA.don,t be stupid. your game has a long way to go before you are NBA material. be realistic

Joe B.

March 10th, 2010
6:12 am

Why are there 8 players on the first team? There are only 5 players on the court. There should be 5 players on the 1st team.


March 10th, 2010
6:40 am

Anyone who doesn’t recognize my abilities making me the BEST coach in the NCAA and at the very least honor me with SEC COACH OF THE YEAR just doesn’t know basketball!

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March 10th, 2010
8:32 am

Check that Wesleyan Academy team our three years ago. They had to be one of the best single A teams in Georgia history. You got Trey Thompkins plus Tanner Smith who has started since his freshman year at Clemson. Someone over there was telling me that two other starters on that team went off to play some level of college ball the next year too. Whitefield who won the single A the next year had one player playing college ball in the Sun Belt conference at Arkansas State. He was the highest scorer on that team but certainly no Thompkins or Smith.

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Dennis Felton, former UGA Basketball Coach

March 10th, 2010
9:24 am

Does anybody remember who recruited both of those players??

I rest my case :-)

willieg hates bill shanks

March 10th, 2010
6:05 pm

the dogs are #1


March 11th, 2010
11:22 pm

trey thompkins would be fooling himself to believe he is nba material.the best thing for him is to return to uga and better his game and hope coach fox can add good supporting talents along with him. he is a million miles from nba talent now at this stage of his life


March 13th, 2010
8:09 am

I hope Trey stays too. It is very important to the success of this team to win consistently. They are getting close; however reality they are not there yet. They have moments in there game where they are up by 15 on the road or home and then lose by 3 at the end. There is no secret that UGA does not recruit well in basketball; so good to great player development within the system is very important for this basketball team to win more games. Finally, I whether have a great player development program than a great recruiting program anyway at UGA!!!! So, we can get more players in the NBA that way!!!