There were mixed signals reverberating through the Stegeman training facility Friday afternoon.
Trey Thompkins, who has an ingrown toenail, said he “probably” wouldn’t play in Saturday’s game at Alabama.
“As of right now, probably not,” he said. “You never know. We’ll have to see tomorrow to make sure.”
Coach Mark Fox, who lifted Thompkins down the stretch in Wednesday’s victory over LSU, didn’t agree with Thompkins’ own assessment.
“I don’t know about that,” the second year coach said. “I wouldn’t say that. I would say knowing Trey it’s probably more likely he’ll play…we’ll see how he looks tomorrow.”
Either way, Thompkins will make the trip to Tuscaloosa. And Fox said he’s leaving the decision up to Thompkins, his leading scorer (15.8) and rebounder (7.5).
“Coach is giving me the freedom to dictate how I feel,” Thompkins said. “And I appreciate that from him. Right now, like I said, it’s getting better. So we’ll just see tomorrow.”
Added Fox: “It’s hard. It’s hard. You do have to trust an athlete because they know their body. But it is hard. It’s one of the challenges of this time of year, but we’ll just have to deal with it. You can’t run away from it.”
Thompkins has battled injuries all season. He missed three games in November after severely spraining his ankle. He’s also dealt with a sore shin and now an ingrown nail in his left big toe.
Thompkins says he can’t remember the last time he felt 100 percent healthy.
“To be honest with you, I can’t remember,” he said. “But that’s the choice I made. This is the life I chose.”
“He’s had a tough year with lower body dings, and we need to get him healthy,” Fox said. “So, we’ll not do much with him at all today and see how he moves around tomorrow morning.”
Thornton yet to be cleared…
Freshman Marcus Thornton has yet to be cleared for the Alabama game, Fox said.
He missed the LSU game Wednesday with what Fox described as a “deep laceration” on his elbow.
Now his status for the Alabama game is in question, as UGA is trying to prevent infection with Thornton’s injury.
“Yeah, our issue is Marcus Thornton has not been cleared yet either,” Fox said. “So we’ve got a few things that we’re trying to navigate right now. Depending on how it all works out, we’ve got lots of things we might have to do.”
Thornton is averaging 1.7 points and 2.1 rebounds a game. He’s averages 10.2 minutes a game, and has been noted for his defensive contributions by Fox.