November 12, 2009

Georgia basketball notebook

Trey Thompkins chuckled at the recollection, but he and the rest of Georgia's basketball team weren't doing much laughing when new coach Mark Fox informed the squad to meet him at Sanford Stadium following individual workouts last August.

They were not going to see the sights.

No indeed: Fox had something else in mind.

"We had to run the entire stadium," Thompkins said with a roll of his eyes. "I forget what we did, but with the way he came at us with his intensity … I never want to do that again and I never want to get him bad to do that again."

Fox definitely got his team's attention.

"Everyone finished doing their individuals, but about five minutes before we went down for weights, Coach (Director of Basketball Operations Kent) Davison said Coach Fox wanted us to meet him at the stadium in five minutes," Thompkins said. "I was like, 'Who's driving?' ...He was like, no, no, no, we have to BE THERE in five minutes so we took off running from here (the basketball facility) to the stadium. When we got to the stadium he chewed us for like 10-15 minutes, then we took off."

It was an experience Thompkins said neither he would ever forget.

"The last person finished in about two hours," Thompkins said. "I don't any of us want to do that again."

Jackson hopes to give it a go

Fox said he hopes center Albert Jackson expects to be able to play some in Friday's season-opener after breaking a bone in his left hand earlier this preseason.

"I think he will play (Friday)," Fox said. "We haven't had a final ruling on that, but with the proper pad, we think he will be able to play."

The 6-foot-10 senior broke a bone in his left hand two months, but was still able to practice despite wearing a hard cast to protect the injury.

"Albert did not miss one workout, one practice and has had the cast off for week ago today and gone to a soft cast. Although he practiced every day, he has probably a little more behind than I thought he might be. But when you take a cast off you tend to be a little hesitant as far as being aggressive.

Dawgs welcome former teammate

One side note to Friday's game will be the return of former Bulldog guard Billy Humphrey.

Humphrey, dismissed by former coach Dennis Felton, reunites against some of his former teammates like Jackson, who admits it will be odd seeing his friend on the other end of the court.

"It's going to be a little different after being on the same team with him for so long. When I see him in a different jersey I don't know how I'm going to take it, but it's going to be fun playing against him. We're still friends, we still keep in touch and I know he's excited."

Jackson said Humphrey is looking forward to playing in front of Georgia fans one more time.

"He's doing well. He's excited, just like I am, for his senior year to be underway," Jackson said. "He said he's ready to come to Athens and play in front of the people that cheered for him for so many years."

This and that

Fox confirmed that the Bulldogs have two more scholarships available for 2010 after Wednesday's signing of Orlando power forward Cady Lalanne. … Fox told reporters not to bother asking for starting lineups. "I'm never going to say," Fox said. "We'll have several options, but we won't decide until just before the game." ... Thompkins said he has dropped almost 15 pounds since last year and is down to approximately 232 pounds.

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