Awesome interview with Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports. I understand that it's not new, but I hadn't seen it before, and I wanted to link it in case the Blog's readers hadn't discovered it elsewhere.
Thompkins says that the Dawgs are the team to beat in the SEC East. Coming from other players with a bigger ego, I would immediately dismiss the high expectations as boasting. Hearing Thompkins say it, however, causes me to think that he is seeing something in the workouts and pick-up games that has him very, very confident.
Thompkins is getting lean and mean. He wants to be tenacious and his sense of aggression has started to come out. Sounds great.
Although Thompkins is just starting his junior year, he has played a lot of basketball during his college career. He was injured and missed conditioning his freshman year. But since then, he has gone seemingly non-stop with the FIBA training and gold medal, and this summer's time making the USA Basketball Select team.
The end result is that Trey has played against high level competition, different athletes with a mix of skills and physical ability. His body has taken the pounding from battling in the post with Robin Lopez, Kevin Love, and Javale McGee, and has responded to the challenge of having to guard the quicker players like Lamar Odom, Gerald Wallace and Kevin Durant.
The good news of Thompkins playing the 5 is that if Fox wanted to, he could go with a high-scoring line-up of Thompkins at center, Marcus Thornton at power forward, Leslie on the wing, Dustin Ware playing the point and Gerald Robinson sliding into the shooting guard slot.
Speaking of Robinson, Thompkins says that Gerald is one of the fastest players he has ever played with. That's high praise.