March 4, 2011

Thompkins' status still unclear

Georgia closes out its regular season Saturday afternoon at Alabama but whether or not Trey Thompkins' injured left big toe will let him suit up against the Crimson Tide remains up in the air.

"It's getting a little better, but we'll see when (Saturday) comes," Thompkins said Friday. "As of right now, I don't think so, but we've just got to see what the prognosis is tomorrow."

Earlier this week, Georgia's leading scorer underwent a procedure to correct an ingrown toe nail and re-aggravated the injury early in the second half of Wednesday's 73-53 win over LSU.

Head coach Mark Fox said he's going to basically leave the decision to play or not in Thompkins' hands.

"We're going to see how me moves around Saturday," Fox said. "He's had a tough year with lower body dings and we need to get him healthy. We'll not do much at all with him today and see how he moves around in the morning."

The Bulldogs (20-9, 9-6) could certainly use their leading scorer (16.1 points per game) in Saturday's 1:30 tip-off (SEC Network) at Coleman Coliseum.

With a win against the West-leading Crimson Tide (19-5, 11-4) and losses by Kentucky and Vanderbilt, Georgia would finish second in the SEC East and earn a first-round bye in next week's SEC Tournament at the Georgia Dome.

Knowing that, Fox said he believes if there's any way Thompkins can be on the court, he will and disagreed with the notion that the junior is doubtful for the game.

"I don't know about that," Fox said. "I wouldn't say that, knowing Trey it's probably more likely that he will play."

Thompkins isn't the only ailing Bulldog.

According to Fox, freshman Marcus Thornton still had not been cleared to play as of Friday afternoon after missing Wednesday's contest with what's being described as a "deep laceration" on the joint of his right elbow.

Team trainers are keeping the arm wrapped while they watch for infection.

"We've got a few things that we're trying to navigate through right now and a lot will depend on how it works out (with the injuries)," Fox said. "We've got a lot of things we might have to do."

Fox admits seeing players miss time at this stage in the season is never easy and trying to balance when and when not to play them can be a difficult chore.

"It's hard. But you do have to trust an athlete because they know their body," Fox said. "It's one of the challenges this time of the year; we'll just have to deal with it. We can't run from it."

NOTE: Thompkins did not have much to say when asked whether or not he intends to apply for the NBA draft, which is widely expected. "I'm trying to stay away from that as much as possible. I've never been to the (NCAA) tournament before," Thompkins said. "I want to be successful in the SEC Tournament and I hope we get to the NCAAs before I start thinking about those types of things."


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