In an ironic twist Derryck Thornton was convinced by Duke to reclassify up a year and fill Duke’s vacant point guard position with Tyus Jones leaving for the NBA, and now he is transferring because of lack of opportunity.
Coming out of Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, Thornton was ranked the No. 14 prospect in the 2015 247Sports Composite.
He averaged 26 minutes per game as a freshman at Duke, but there was dissatisfaction on how he was used in the system. Thornton was expecting to be more of a final feature in the Duke attack with the opportunity to regularly utilize high ball screen scenarios.
Feeling like an ancillary component of the Duke attack and knowing that uber-talented combo guard Frank Jackson was coming in as a freshman, Thornton has opted to transfer to potentially greener pastures.
Thornton averaged 7.1 points on 39 percent shooting with 2.6 assists to 1.6 turnovers per game.
His transfer and the expectation of David Robinson’s son to give up his scholarship and pay his own way opens up a scholarship for coveted 2016 center Marques Bolden.
Duke currently leads Kentucky in Bolden’s Crystal Ball.