From AJC correspondent Andy Johnston …
Preseason SEC player of the year Trey Thompkins will not play in Georgia’s season opener Friday night against Mississippi Valley State while he recovers from a high ankle sprain.
“He’s been living in the training room,” coach Mark Fox said Tuesday. “It’s still swollen. He’s able to walk on it, I think, but it’s still in a protective boot. We’ll keep aggressively treating him and re-evaluating him every couple of days.”
Thompkins, who averaged 17.7 points and 8.3 rebounds last year, injured his right ankle chasing a loose ball in a scrimmage on Oct. 30. He watched from the bench as Georgia defeated Augusta State 85-48 in an exhibition game on Thursday.
Fox isn’t sure when Thompkins will be ready to play.
“My trainer came today and said he did a little better,” Fox said. “I said, ‘So he gets to play and dress out?’ He said, ‘No.’ … He’s a long way away from playing. I know that.”