Georgia's Thompkins to train with U.S. team

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Georgia junior Trey Thompkins is among 10 collegians that will train against the USA National Team as members of the USA Basketball "Select" Team.

The Select Team will convene in New York on August 9 for a week-long training session against the U.S.A. Team finalists. This National team will represent the U.S. at the 2010 FIBA World Championships, to be held Aug. 28-Sept. 12 in Turkey.

The 10 invitees participated in the first USA World Championship trials in Las Vegas during the week of July 19. Thompkins first gained experience in the international arena last summer as a member of the gold medal-winning USA team at the U19 championships in New Zealand.

"It's been such a blessing to be a part of U.S.A. Basketball and to participate on the Select team this year," Thompkins said. "I think it's great that we (collegians) can give the National Team a run for its money and definitely help them get better and reach their goal of winning the gold medal."

The two teams will meet for training at two locations in New York, first at John Jay College and later in the week at the New York Knicks practice facility. The USA Select team is being directed by Villanova coach Jay Wright.

Thompkins, a 6-10 junior from Lithonia, was a unanimous All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection last season for the Bulldogs. He is the only member of the 8-man Coaches' All-SEC team to be returning in 2010-11.

As a sophomore he averaged 17.7 points and 8.3 rebounds, both team highs.