Trey Thompkins says he’ll skip NBA draft, remain at UGA

ATHENS -– Georgia sophomore forward Trey Thompkins has made his decision: He’ll forgo the NBA draft and remain at UGA for his junior season in 2010-11.

Thompkins revealed the decision in impromptu fashion Thursday night at the UGA Tipoff Club’s end-of-season banquet at Athens Country Club.

“Don’t worry, Coach, I’m coming back,” Thompkins said when coach Mark Fox alluded from the podium to the stay-or-go decision facing the first-team All-SEC player.

Thompkins’ words drew a long, loud ovation from the crowd of 200-plus and this reaction from an unsuspecting Fox: “God bless you, Trey.”

Thompkins, Georgia’s leading scorer and rebounder this past season, said in an interview immediately following the banquet that his decision is firm and final, although the deadline to enter the draft is 10 days away.

“I’m coming back,” he said.

Thompkins had been considering for the past month whether to enter the draft or remain at Georgia for another season.  He said he reached his decision late Wednesday night.

“I was sitting in my room, thinking,” he said. “I was up in the air until [then]. It hit me that I want to stay in school. . . .   It just popped in my head last night.”

Thompkins said he didn’t alert Fox or anyone else that he might reveal the decision at the  banquet.

“My parents didn’t even know that was going to happen,” Thompkins said. “Coach just made it easy for me to announce it, so I did.”

Fox unwittingly triggered Thompkins’ announcement by referring to a comment made earlier in the banquet by assistant coach Stacey Palmore, who had said he was looking forward to having Thompkins back. “Now, Coach Palmore was calling you out about next year,” Fox said. “I’m not going to do that.”

At that point, Thompkins ended the suspense.

“I was shocked/not shocked when he said it,” Fox said. “Because in my heart that’s what I felt like he would probably do in the end, but I was surprised that he mentioned it tonight.”

Fox said he is proud of how maturely Thompkins handled the decision-making process, especially as many underclassmen less accomplished than him declared for the draft in recent weeks. Thompkins was second in the SEC in scoring (17.7 points per game) and fourth in rebounds (8.3 per game) this past season.

“You see it on the ticker every night. There’s somebody else on the ticker [entering the draft], and you’re scratching your head,” Fox said. “Then you see a guy who has a legitimate chance and a legitimate decision to make, and he makes a mature one like that. It makes you feel good.”

A big factor in the decision, Thompkins said,  is the potential he sees for the 2010-11 Georgia basketball team. Teammate Travis Leslie, the Dogs’ second leading scorer this past season,  earlier announced he also will return for his junior year.

“This team can be great,” Thompkins said. “I’ve got a passion to win, and I definitely see it in the future for us.”

342 comments Add your comment

kauai dawg

April 15th, 2010
9:31 pm

Awesome News! Go DAWGS!

martin

April 15th, 2010
9:32 pm

Yea Thompkins! Go Dawgs!

Look Alive

April 15th, 2010
9:32 pm

good news indeed

Cletus Dooley Earnhardt SR.

April 15th, 2010
9:37 pm

awesum news! never hurd of this sport “bassketball”. My mind can oonly handlee the concepp of lykin onee sport and one sport ownly. Thats daggum COLLEGE FOOTBALL

-GO UGA! (football only)

Matt the Brave

April 15th, 2010
9:37 pm

Good stuff, and good news for UGA. If he has another year like this one, then he”ll be a lottery pick next year. :D

dawgs to the final four next year

April 15th, 2010
9:37 pm

This is great news! With the freshmen we are bringing in and our 2 best players staying, we might win the SEC next year.

HD

April 15th, 2010
9:38 pm

Awesome. We’re going to compete in the SEC next year.

Happy Dawg

April 15th, 2010
9:38 pm

Woot! Next season has some serious promise if UGA can find a way to win on the road.

Dawgaholic

April 15th, 2010
9:40 pm

How Bout them Dawgs!!!

SH

April 15th, 2010
9:40 pm

Awesome, big year coming in ‘10-’11!

tidog

April 15th, 2010
9:40 pm

this news should seal the deal for the California wiz kid

Steve

April 15th, 2010
9:42 pm

Ha. Now UGA has the better football AND better basketball team in the state. Poor little Tech nerds. They can brag all they want about baseball, since that is all they have.

nesbittch

April 15th, 2010
9:43 pm

this is awesome news! I expect the dawgs to easily make the tournament next year and most definitely compete for the SEC title (whether it be regular season or tournament) Thank you Coach Fox!

P.S. – beating GT for the second straight year is gonna be fantastic

oldschooldog

April 15th, 2010
9:44 pm

Two more years!

tidog

April 15th, 2010
9:44 pm

Unleash fox and his hounds on the sec

nesbittch

April 15th, 2010
9:45 pm

one more thing: preseason top 25 perhaps?

swampjacket

April 15th, 2010
9:48 pm

Slow down Dawggies! Win the SEC! This ain’t football! Oh yeah, You ain’t gonna ever win that again either! But good news for ya’ll, he’s a heckuva player and we’ll(Tech)trade coaches with you anytime!

ghsclassof2012

April 15th, 2010
9:49 pm

Great news! I’m also excited about that transfer (though I can’t recall his name), he will provide depth WITH experience at the collegiate level, even if it is a little lower level. Tim, how does he compare to Ware at the point?

Dawg Days

April 15th, 2010
9:50 pm

Go you hairy basketball dawgs! Great news Trey will be in Athens one more year, should be a good one for Mark’s second year.

4 ncs are better than 1

April 15th, 2010
9:54 pm

Not a tough decision when the NBA doesn’t want you anyway! Hey doggies, what do you and Cumberland College have in common? You are both chumps that got THUMPED!!!!!!!!! 222-0 or 25-6, take your pick!!!!!! Oh yeah, NEVER, EVER forget that 4 National Championships beat 1 all day long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who REALLY runs this state???????????????????? It’s not even close!!!!!!!!!!! Football: 4 trumps 1!!!!!!!!! Basketball: NCAA trumps sitting at home, rejoicing over 2 star commits!!!!!!!!!!!!! Baseball: oh well, I guess you SAW LAST NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg days of September

April 15th, 2010
9:56 pm

2010/2011 will be the year that Georgia basketball turns the corner for good!!!! Thank you Trey

Flo-Ri-Duh!

April 15th, 2010
9:58 pm

Wow – he turned down money to return to school. What a concept and I am proud of him. I think that speaks a lot of what Thompkins sees in Fox……. as compared to the rats leaving the sinking Hewitt ship.

Finchdawg

April 15th, 2010
9:59 pm

All right! Gonna have a tournament team next year, baby!

stw

April 15th, 2010
10:01 pm

4 ncs are better than 1: Does the Varsity still pay a pension to all carhops ??

cdog

April 15th, 2010
10:01 pm

GREAT CHOCE TREY NOW WORK ON YOUR GAME SO YOU WILL BE READY TO LEAD THE BULLDOGS TO THE FINAL FOUR AND YOUR SELF FOR THE NBA

Stinger

April 15th, 2010
10:03 pm

25-6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a stomping

4 ncs are better than 1

April 15th, 2010
10:03 pm

I don”t know, but ask Trey in a few years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ghsclassof2012

April 15th, 2010
10:04 pm

4ncs are better than1- can we talk about things that have occurred in my lifetime? I’m a teenager so I’m not quite familiar with things that happened before television… haha jk old guy. Between the two schools, UGA has reached the CWS more recently and more frequently in recent years than tech so dont talk about baseball. You haven’t beaten us at Stegeman since God knows when. I think those are your two sports, am I right? (Chess doesn’t count, sorry.) If you wanna talk football, lets talk about yall getting rings for beating us once in nearly a decade. So say all you want about 4 to 1, I’m talking about 8 of 9!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stinger

April 15th, 2010
10:04 pm

The only good sports team you have is girls playing on horizontal bars.

4 ncs are better than 1

April 15th, 2010
10:07 pm

How recent was 25-6, teenager??????????????????????

Boca Baby

April 15th, 2010
10:08 pm

swampjacket: Finishing third in the SEC East has more prestige than winning the ACC. Nerds.

4 ncs are better than 1

April 15th, 2010
10:09 pm

Win some NCs, then run your mouths!

Dawg man

April 15th, 2010
10:11 pm

We should win SEC and National Championship next year—I bet teams are terrified to play us now, probably be hard to schedule any one next season—get the trophies ready!!!!!!!

ghsclassof2012

April 15th, 2010
10:11 pm

It was a very good game, incredible actually. I just hope that one day yall have that many girls attend tech. and dont bring in Cumberland to the discussion, they could barely field a team and yall had paid players.

Buzz

April 15th, 2010
10:13 pm

Wheres all those dawg-mouths? 25-6 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Boca Baby

April 15th, 2010
10:15 pm

ghsclassof2012: Tech hasn’t won in Stegeman since 1978. Is that in your lifetime? I can’t tell between the old and the modern era when it come to Tech. All they want to talk about when it comes to championships is what went on before anyone who is now alive was born.

ghsclassof2012

April 15th, 2010
10:15 pm

about the NCs, just shut up dude. If no one here can remember them (like either being there or even being alive), you dont need to run your mouth either. Yall played well last night, dont get a big head. Just remember, your the one whose on the the other school’s blog…

Upstate Dawg

April 15th, 2010
10:15 pm

The basketball bandwagon is gearing up….get on board! We’ll be steamrolling through North Avenue next winter. It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog.

thwg

April 15th, 2010
10:16 pm

Are you pathetic UGA folks serious about this being anything but meaningless rhetoric: Thompkins is staying? Of course he is, he’s a mediocre player on a mediocre team. And he’s staying because Leslie is staying? Again, was there ever any question that either of these players we remain in Athens? Of course not because – THEY DIDN”T HAVE ANY OTHER OPTION. They are both average at best players on a mediocre team – they had good season because ther was no other talent on that team – they stunk. Couldn’t even manage a winning record in the worst division of a mediocre conferenc. This isn’t news. Try again when you have some real talent like Favors adn Lawal – and look for Thornton to be a Yellow Jacket shortly.

VolsRule

April 15th, 2010
10:16 pm

wow !!!

- maybe UGA basketball will go .500 in SEC play next year.
- maybe your baseball team will not lose a game by what looks like a football score!
- maybe your football team will not get blown out by Tennessee next year (actually – we will suck – but we’ve sucked the last few years – and still can blow out UGA.

Richt is a joke – SABAN, URBAN, KIFFIN – all were better coaches – as proven on the field.
KIFFIN not only beat RICHT – he kicked his ASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

4 ncs are better than 1

April 15th, 2010
10:16 pm

We don’t need them, because all of your girlfriends keep slipping up to the A.T.L!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

82Dawg

April 15th, 2010
10:17 pm

Stinger ….what does Tech have???? oh yea a ACC championship and loosing to UGA’s worst team in 10 years.

Coach D

April 15th, 2010
10:18 pm

UGA Basketball: Next year’s goal: 20 wins & an NCAA tournament birth. It’s been a long time since UGA has been in the tourney!

thwg

April 15th, 2010
10:18 pm

Does anyone know who won the UGA/GT baseball game the other night? I missed the score.
Appreciate it.

ghsclassof2012

April 15th, 2010
10:18 pm

Boca Baby- 1978? Man, and thats one of their best sports? Ouch.. And no, I came just a little later (the 90s)

thwg

April 15th, 2010
10:19 pm

New flash, GT just scored another run against UGA. I think UGA is on their 89 pitcher.

4 ncs are better than 1

April 15th, 2010
10:20 pm

82, you really did go to UGA, didn’t you? That should be AN ACC CHAMPIONSHIP, fool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ghsclassof2012

April 15th, 2010
10:23 pm

4 to 1- “Even the guy who can’t think said something!” – Vince Vaughn, Anchorman I think that quote applies here. Let me know when you plan on getting creative w/ a response…

GT is now a 6TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

April 15th, 2010
10:23 pm

VOLS FOOTBALL COACH WILL DOOLEYttle. WELL THE JELLO JOCKITCH WILL REMAIN JOCKITCH. HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

thwg

April 15th, 2010
10:24 pm

Incredible, GT just scored another run! It’s 37 to 5 in the bottom of the 7th! LOL!