Trey Thompkins, preseason player of year, sidelined with ankle injury

ATHENS -– Georgia’s basketball team apparently will open the season without its best player.

Junior forward Trey Thompkins, recently voted the SEC’s preseason player-of-the-year, has a high ankle sprain that will keep him out of Thursday night’s exhibition game against Augusta State and make his chances “extremely slim” of playing in the regular-season opener Nov. 12 against Mississippi Valley State, coach Mark Fox said Wednesday.

“I think it’s a pretty significant injury,” Fox said. “It’s a high ankle sprain, which is the worst kind. It’s fairly severe. It couldn’t happen at a worse time for him or our team. But injuries are a part of the game, and we’re going to have to rally the troops and adjust.”

Fox said there is no firm timetable for Thompkins’ return.

“Could be two weeks. Could be a month. Kind of depends on how he responds to the treatment,” Fox said. “So we basically have left it [that] we’re going to treat him as aggressively as we can and reevaluate him here in a week and see.”

Fox said another player on the team required almost five weeks to recover from a similar injury during the summer.

Thompkins’ injury, which is to his right ankle, occurred as he chased a loose ball in a closed scrimmage on Saturday.

X-rays and an MRI revealed no injury beyond the sprain, Fox said. Thompkins will get thrice-daily treatment, and Fox said he does not believe surgery will be needed.

Thompkins was not available for comment Wednesday.

“He’s handled it pretty maturely. He’s probably handled it better than I have, to be honest,” Fox said. “But our team is deeper this year. We’re going to test our depth from Day 1.”

Thompkins averaged 17.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season. He drew 18 of the 20 votes for SEC preseason player of the year.

“He’s got a very bright future,” Fox said, “and we won’t bring him back until his body is ready.”

Thursday’s exhibition against Augusta State will be the Bulldogs’ first game in the renovated Stegeman Coliseum. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

74 comments Add your comment

Buckeye

November 3rd, 2010
3:48 pm

First!

Rooting for you Howard. Get well soon. Go Wesleyan Wolves

Tuna

November 3rd, 2010
3:49 pm

Get healthy, Trey!

Dawg Fan

November 3rd, 2010
3:50 pm

Get well soon!!!!!

Barkin'Dog

November 3rd, 2010
3:50 pm

This is extremely disappointing. Can’t wait to see this unit play with all its starters.

Dawg Fan

November 3rd, 2010
3:50 pm

And don’t come back until the ankle is ready. We will need you worse later than sooner!

Sanford Drive

November 3rd, 2010
3:51 pm

Get well soon son.

(Tech is scared of you bc they know you’ll be back before we play them)

BirdDawg

November 3rd, 2010
3:51 pm

High ankle sprains are brutal. I had one and couldn’t put any weight on my foot for several weeks. Of course I didn’t have the entire UGA medical/training staff caring for me either. Get well soon Trey!!

coachx

November 3rd, 2010
3:51 pm

Damn !
Got tix for the 2nd game vs. Colorodo.

I hope they can make to the Notre Dame game undefeated without Trey.

T Grantham

November 3rd, 2010
3:52 pm

Dogs Smell

November 3rd, 2010
3:52 pm

WHAT ? Georgia has a basketball team? Is that what those 10 people do walking in and out of that barn once or twice a week?

realistic dog fan

November 3rd, 2010
3:56 pm

To Dogs Smell – How long did it take you to contrive such a clever blog name??? Wow!! You must have graduated from junior high school! It amazes me the blather that the powers that be allow on this site.

Dawghater

November 3rd, 2010
3:58 pm

Stegman is such a lovely place to play. Now go enjoy the big game vs Idaho State. Next week, UGA fans will be renewed and ready to claim their next Nat’l Title.

Dogs Smell

November 3rd, 2010
4:03 pm

I didnt see 1 comment that fails to qualify as a valid statement. Georgia has failed to put a quality team on the court since nique. They are solely a speed bump to nearly every team in the SEC. That program stinks nearly as badly as the place they play in !

RxDawg

November 3rd, 2010
4:04 pm

UGh… today has just been bleh. Really could use some good news but I guess the rain just keeps coming down.

Lake Oconee Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
4:11 pm

Good luck Trey and get well soon!!! With a team like the dawgs have you can take 2 or 3 weeks to heal that hight ankle sprain. The dawgs will be 4 or 5 and zero when you return. Sic’em DAWGS…

Lake Oconee Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
4:12 pm

Dog Smell did you make it through elementary school!!! I doubt it!

Itstheshoes

November 3rd, 2010
4:15 pm

DawgFan got it right: Heal up, all the way. The important games will be much later on.

hoopdog

November 3rd, 2010
4:16 pm

love when the techies get on here. face it nerds, fox is taking this program up and hewitt is taking your program down.

MB

November 3rd, 2010
4:20 pm

@hoopdog you can only take your program up there’s nowhere else for it to go

Bubba

November 3rd, 2010
4:20 pm

Jackson Health System announced Tuesday’s prepared statement to a definitive Internet reference source for Mississippi information.

RJM Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
4:21 pm

Get well soon Trey, we need you healthy for the long haul!

SimpleDawg

November 3rd, 2010
4:24 pm

The Dawgs seem to be able to beat that powerful ACC team from the ghetto that plays in the pink mammary.

Bruce Mac

November 3rd, 2010
4:24 pm

I think most of these Tech fans that post on everything UGA even dream in Red and Black. What a pitiful life it must be when your reallity is so bad that all you can do is post juvenile moronic nonsense on Bulldawg blogs all day everyday. But alas you will take your annual beatings in both major sports like the sissy whinning nerds you are.

SECWasteManagement

November 3rd, 2010
4:29 pm

Are we really worried about the first game vs. The Delta Devils Fox!? That deserves an NFL Prime Time “C’MON MAN!”

Roger Searcy

November 3rd, 2010
4:36 pm

Dogs Smell–how little you know. The year after ‘nique left, Ga played in the Final Four.

Dec 7

November 3rd, 2010
4:38 pm

Gonna miss the wam bam slam by gt. Too bad.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

November 3rd, 2010
4:38 pm

It almost looks like someone has put the hoodoo on the Dawgs… rotten luck continues.

Me

November 3rd, 2010
4:51 pm

Joe B.

November 3rd, 2010
4:54 pm

Can we get a damned voodoo priest over in Athens, please! This extended curse is getting a little old.

GaDawgs7

November 3rd, 2010
4:57 pm

Can’t blame the Tech fans. they’re stuck in their dorms. Can’t go outside…they’ll be mugged. Mechanical pencils and pocket protectors aren’t cheap!

check Up

November 3rd, 2010
5:44 pm

The curse of the red panties will not extend to the basketball team, Whew!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg Gonnit

November 3rd, 2010
5:50 pm

Dang, that sure hurts but hopefully Trey will be ready to go when we play Notre Dame on 11/25. We need him to be full-strength for sure by the GT game on 12/7. Go Dawgs !!

melanienougafan

November 3rd, 2010
6:06 pm

Just have to say..another one bites the dust!!! Sorry for the injury, but thinks happen for a reason….Dogs Smell..love you commits!!! Keep um coming..it makes these doggie waggers so mad!!

Itstheshoes

November 3rd, 2010
6:08 pm

Who’s Jonesin’ on here? A couple of Tech guys mouth off, and a dozen of you go berserk. Take the trash talk for what it is…the work of fools.

Sanford Drive

November 3rd, 2010
6:25 pm

Does a Techie get more joy from a Dawg loss or a Tech win???

I really do wonder sometimes…..

Nathan Deal

November 3rd, 2010
6:26 pm

Does anybody want to try and guess which Engineering Firm Josh Nesbitt will be working for this time next year???

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

X Dawg K

November 3rd, 2010
6:30 pm

No big deal—-UGA can beat all these creampuffs without Trey—when the real games start, he’ll be ready. GA wins the SEC—mark it down!

Dogs Smell

November 3rd, 2010
7:34 pm

Lake Oconee Dawg – Yes Lake dweller I did. Now that I answered your question , why dont you tell me , did your parents produce any children that lived? From reading most of these tail sniffers post I doubt any of you have ever been on campus on a week day !

Barnyard Arena

November 3rd, 2010
7:46 pm

When is uga going to tear down that old dump they play in and build a real arena. That place used to be a rodeo barn! Tear it down and get with the times—go check Tech’s arena plans—-a state of the art palace is on the way!!!

Big Dawg Man

November 3rd, 2010
8:17 pm

Trey, get well soon. You are going to carry the DAWGS to the SEC Championship this year. I can’t wait.

Mudcatjoe

November 3rd, 2010
9:46 pm

Tech is building a beautiful new arena to showcase our team and the ACC! When you play in the ACC you get to enjoy the perks, unlike the dull basketball played in the SEC. Uggh!! Boring!!

Ron

November 3rd, 2010
9:52 pm

Mudcatjoe made me laugh! Ha. “Showcase your team?” Tech? HA HA HA. This is the same school that REMOVED seats from their football stadium since they were never used. Pathetic dork. UGA owns Tech in basketball too : ) What a loser.

Mudcatjoe

November 3rd, 2010
10:11 pm

And Ron is the first redneck loser Dawg fan to respond! Check the records, the ACC rules college basketball and Tech rules UGA. See how many top recruits choose Tech because they know they will be on the national stage and make it to the NBA! Tech has so many more players in the NBA than UGA, it’s not even close!! Hahahahaha! Keep on with the Tech envy Ron!

Gen Neyland

November 3rd, 2010
10:21 pm

Mudcatjoe : New arena at Tech..? Boy, there goes my great-granpa’s memories of his good ol’ days…

Saint Simons

November 4th, 2010
12:48 am

(((( 34 – 31 ))))

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Buzz ME

November 4th, 2010
6:17 am

Not a crimeDawg fan but Trey can play. Hope you are back out there soon.

Florida kicker who ran Grantham's d-ck

November 4th, 2010
7:18 am

The only chokers on the field last Saturday has on red helmets.

What a heartbreaking loss!!! I love it.

WTF

November 4th, 2010
7:30 am

Chas Henry had class – a blown kiss was perfect. ‘Choke sign’ Grantham has none.
After hitting the FG to beat the pups, I hope he turned and flipped the A$$hole off.

lawdawg

November 4th, 2010
7:55 am

Who replces Thompkins as the starter and what is the projected starting lineup?

Mtn Dawg

November 4th, 2010
8:22 am

Bad news. We will be well into our pre-SEC schedule before he returns. As for who will replace him, no one can replace him. I really hope he’s near 100% come SEC play.