Hoops update: Thompkins still out; Nolte will play in mask after breaking nose

From AJC correspondent Andy Johnston in Athens:

Georgia coach Mark Fox said this afternoon that forward Trey Thompkins is doubtful for Thursday’s game against Notre Dame in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.

Thompkins is out with a high right ankle sprain and hasn’t practiced since late October for the Bulldogs (3-0), who won their first road game since March 2009 with a 61-59 victory over Saint Louis on Saturday.

Thompkins spoke to the media Monday for the first time since injuring his ankle and said he hasn’t been cleared to practice.

“Progress is great,” Thompkins said. “I’m starting to run and cut and things like that, so I should be back on the court sometime soon. I can’t give you a definite answer.”

Junior forward Connor Nolte, who has started all three games this season, broke his nose in the first half of Saturday’s victory and was being fitted Monday for a mask to protect his nose.

Fox said Nolte will play in this week’s tournament and then have surgery. He’ll be able to play with a mask after surgery.

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November 22nd, 2010
3:23 pm

Thompkins out and Nolte in a mask=Loss to the Irish

Now, that is out of the way.

Big question:

How is Aaron Murray doing?
Is he going to play?
Is he 100%

No Murray-No chance on Saturday

Tim Tucker

November 22nd, 2010
3:30 pm

Should have update on Murray after this afternoon’s practice.


November 22nd, 2010
3:32 pm

DawginLex – while I share your appreciation for what Murray “brings to the table”, I respectfully disagree with the assertion that without him we have no chance. Both King and Ealy had their way with the Tech defense last year and should again this year. I think we have a distinct advantage at home plus, Mason, while lacking in significant experience, ain’t exactly chopped liver… if you know what I mean. I think we have too many weapons on offense to just hang it on one player. I want Murray to play and I hope Murray plays, but I expect us to win regardless. GO DAWGS!! B-Ball and Football!!

AJC Website

November 22nd, 2010
3:34 pm

1) The AJC’s website overall is outdated and needs a massive redo.
2) Trey needs to get back and get back soon.
3) If UGA doesn’t score 50 on GTU this weekend, I’ll be shocked. Their defense is worse than ours.
4) Can we just hurry up and get this football season over with.

bruce mac

November 22nd, 2010
3:36 pm

Dawginlex, man take your meds. Everyting gonna be awright.


November 22nd, 2010
3:40 pm

hey. this is about basketball. not football. the bball team might actually go somewhere this season.

that’s more than what the football team can say.


November 22nd, 2010
3:43 pm

The Dawgs can beat the Irish without Thompkins if they hit 75% of their FTs and if Barnes can hit 50% of his dunks/ layups. Dude almost cost us vs. Colorodo. Never seen a guy miss that many bunnies. Throw down the jams Barnes !

Time for Robinson JR and Lesile to ball vs. the Irish.

UGA basketball on national TV for Thanksgiving Night ! Is it snowing in hell ?


November 22nd, 2010
3:44 pm


I like Mason. I really do. He has a ton of potential.

I just don’t want him making his first start vs Tech with a bowl on the line.

Of course if he leads us to a win, he would be in line for a glory glory moment nomination


November 22nd, 2010
3:45 pm

I genuinely don’t mean any disrespect to Connor Nolte, but I think he’s averaging about 3 points/3 rebounds a game in an average 34 minutes played each game. I understand that he’s a fourth year junior but with seemingly so much upside available in Donte Williams and Marcus Thornton I don’t understand why Connor gets so many minutes. Can someone help me see what Coach Fox sees that I don’t ?


November 22nd, 2010
3:47 pm

No Murray……Dawgs lose.


November 22nd, 2010
3:50 pm

RaleighDawgs – Regarding Nolte, he doesn’t necessarily fill up the box score, but he does a lot of little things. He plays decent defense, doesn’t give any cheap fouls, and takes charges. Every team needs a guy like that in the top 6 rotation. I think Thornton will take that spot from him based on talent later in the season, but for now, with Thompkins out, Nolte is that glue guy getting minutes.

Williams has no offense game and Thornton doesn’t have the confidence and experience yet to log 34 minutes a game.


November 22nd, 2010
3:52 pm

DawginLex, if he has to go Saturday, maybe Mason will duplicate Buck Belue’s freshman game vs Tech in ‘78.

Go Dawgs!

Sam (ATL)

November 22nd, 2010
4:00 pm

thornton can hold more minutes over nolte if he can be more assertive and decisive.

Paul H

November 22nd, 2010
4:10 pm

Dawginlex and Tony – you must not have kept up much with Tech this year. We would beat Tech with one of the Redcoat band members at QB.


November 22nd, 2010
4:28 pm

All this confidence…probably what GT said last year about us.

Get well fast Trey…we need you!!!


November 22nd, 2010
4:30 pm

Tompkins should be very conservative in his comeback-don’t rush this


November 22nd, 2010
4:38 pm

any chance we can have more basketball blogs?
im sick of seeing so much football everywhere.
especially with the basketball team at 3-0, they deserve it more than a 5-6 football team. the UGA-GT rivalry isnt worth all of the talk it’s getting.


November 22nd, 2010
4:47 pm

Murray will play baby!

Donald Harty could shoot...

November 22nd, 2010
5:28 pm

I’m with ncb34…these dawgs are gonna be special…we’ve won 3 nail biters w/out Trey…..this is the best team since the Harrick squad that got screwed…IMO….for anyone that doesn’t remeber…Donald was a freshman on the final 4 team…(that should have beaten NC State)

Henry Iba

November 22nd, 2010
7:04 pm


The Dawgs are 3-0. I would say Nolte probably knows the system better and at this point is the better option.

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November 22nd, 2010
8:35 pm

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November 22nd, 2010
9:02 pm

Vote for Palin!!!!!!!!!!


November 22nd, 2010
9:42 pm

GTF outta here if you came to talk football, really…


November 22nd, 2010
11:33 pm

Andy Katz has UGA winning the tournament even with out Trey.


November 22nd, 2010
11:38 pm

Coach T

November 23rd, 2010
6:10 am

Nolte is contributing alot. Little things. He makes good passes, get loose balls, plays defense and plays with poise.
Did you see the charge he drew in the final minutes of the Mississippi Valley State game? Huge.
His minutes will reduce when Trey comes back but for now, he’s coming up big. He’s mature, works hard all the time and has basketball smarts. That’s why he’s on the floor. And its working. He deserves some props.


November 23rd, 2010
12:02 pm

Fox is a grade A basketball coach. If Fox is giving him this many minutes, he has a good reason. He clearly knows what he is doing.

I cannot believe Thompkins is this close. A high ankle sprain is very tough. The kid has worked hard if he is already running. Even if we get him back in December it is a huge bonus.

Go Dawgs!

November 23rd, 2010
3:30 pm

This could be a special year for the Hoop Dawgs. Fox’s greatest recruiting job thus far, convincing both Thompkins and Leslie to come back. The Thompkins injury could prove to be a blessing in disguise:

1. some of the role players are getting some solid minutes and building on their confidence which will help depth wise down the stretch
2. When Trey does come back although he may be a bit rusty in his first couple of games he will have fresh legs.


November 23rd, 2010
12:02 pm
Fox is a grade A basketball coach.

PreyDawg – I couldn’t agree more! It’s going to be fun to watch UGA basketball over the next few years especially once Fox gets HIS players into the system! I predict Fox will be SEC coach of the year.

Go Dawgs!!

Ted Striker

November 23rd, 2010
8:16 pm

Nolte needs to make it a Hannibal Lecter style mask.

Floundering Foxhounds Batman !

November 24th, 2010
1:50 pm

Dawgs Flop will begin with the Luck of the Irish.BTW any chance of Mark Richt or Bobo going for the Furman job ? They better hop on it if offered!

Coffee Bluff DAWG

November 24th, 2010
7:15 pm

Gerald Robinson is the recruiting gem in the rough and the reason UGA is 3-0, not 1-2. We’ll be in Athens for the SEC opener against UK.

Should be the best yr in BB since the Harrick era – 2003.