ATLANTA - Trey Thompkins is savoring his first chance to play in the NCAA tournament, especially since his postseason dream was the reason he returned for his junior season at Georgia.
Georgia finished 12-20 and 14-17 in Thompkins' first two seasons. To some, it may have sounded overly optimistic when he announced last April he would remain in school because he believed the Bulldogs could make this year's NCAA tournament.
Thompkins says he feels good about his decision. Georgia (21-11) is the No. 10 seed in the East Regional and will play No. 7 seed Washington on Friday night in Charlotte, N.C.
It has been a rocky season for the 6-foot-10 Thompkins. He has been slowed by ankle, shin and toe injuries. He says finally making the NCAA field makes up for it all.