Five-star point guard Derryck Thornton, Jr. committed today to Duke University. The California native lead national powerhouse Findlay Prep to a 29-3 record, averaging 17.0 points, 6.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game.
The 6’2″ pg visited Duke for their 93-91 win over arch-rival UNC at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Thornton said, “It was great. It was a ton of fun. The coaching staff, the players, the facilities, the band, everything was great! It was, in my opinion, a ten out of ten.”
Derryck felt that the thing that stood out about Duke was, “I really feel like I think the family part of it..that was the biggest thing. Like, when I went there, I felt like I was a part of something more than just a basketball program or more than just a school. More like a family…that was really important to me. I feel like they are a close group of guys and the coaching staff respected the players and the players respected the coaching staff, which was very important to me.”
Last night, the Duke staff flew to Las Vegas to have an in-home visit with Findlay point guard. “It was all good. Coach K is a good man with a great staff,” Tank Thornton, father and longtime coach of Derryck Thornton said to Adam Rowe. Today, the Blue Devils landed their point guard of the future. Duke coach Jon Scheyer was instrumental in landing the five-star point guard, Derryck Thornton, Jr.
Jerry Meyer, the 247Sports Director of Scouting, said of Derryck Thornton committing to Duke, “Duke was in a desperate situation at point guard with the departure of Tyus Jones. Derryck Thornton fills that void but he still needs to develop physically and isn’t as polished as Jones. He is a great talent, though, and Duke will work hard to get him college ready as soon as possible.”
Findlay Prep coach Andy Johnson said of his star point guard, “His strength, in my opinion, is his work ethic and his competitive drive. Those two things set him apart from almost any player in the country. Defensively, he’s a ball-hawk. He can just get up on people and guard. He’s our lock-up guy. He does a great job with it. He’s really gifted on the offensive end too. He can get right by people. His shot has gotten a lot better. His ball-handling is phenomenal. He does a great job of getting teammates involved and running our team.”
Derryck Thornton, Jr., joins 6’11” Chase Jeter, 6’5″ Luke Kennard, and 6’11” Antonio Vrankovic in the Duke class of 2015. National Champion Duke is also the perceived favorite for 6’9″ five-star senior wing Brandon Ingram, which would solidify the 2015 class as the highest ranking in the country.