November 22, 2010

Thompkins still waiting on word

So, when will Trey Thompkins be back on the court for the Georgia basketball team?

That's an answer the junior forward would love to know himself.

"I haven't been cleared to practice yet, so I'm still waiting on that decision by Coach (Mark Fox) and our trainers, so that's yet to be revealed," Thompkins said prior to practice Monday. "But more than likely, if I don't practice I won't play. That's one of the rules of the team."

Thompkins has yet to practice suffering a high-ankle sprain while diving for a ball during an Oct. 30 workout.

"Right now, it feels good," Thompkins said. "I'm starting to run, cut and things like that, so I should be back on the court sometimes soon."

Exactly when, Thompkins wishes he knew.

Barring something unforeseen, Thompkins doesn't expect to be on the court Thursday when the Bulldogs (3-0) take on Notre Dame in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.

This isn't the first ankle injury Thompkins has had to deal with over the course of his Bulldog career after injuring his left ankle as a freshman.

He's tried to use his time off the court in a positive way.

"It's helped me to sit down and think of what I might do in certain situations," Thompkins said. "I think it's actually going to help me a better floor leader and things."

Thompkins explained the injury occurred while was trying to corral a loose ball.

"The first thing that went through my mind was 'Man, I wish that wouldn't have happened,'" Thompkins said. "I had been working so hard in preseason with my team and we were starting to look like a much better team. We were starting to get everything together and then this happened. But I've made progress, I'm starting to look past it and start looking forward to what I do to help us win more games."

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