Thornton impressed on visit

2016 point guard Derryck Thornton Jr. took in the red and Blue game on Saturday and was impressed. Read on to see why, his thoughts on the program, and more.

Only a sophomore in high school, 6-foot-2, 165-pound Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton Jr. has been on the national recruiting radar for a few years now.

Blessed with great size and an impeccable feel for the game, Thornton is one of the better point guards in the country, regardless of class.

Any program that can get Thornton on campus for a visit should be ecstatic.

Fortunately for Arizona fans, Sean Miller is one of the best recruiters in the country.

"It was one of the first times I've been in an environment like that," Thornton said of the Red and Blue game. "To see people go crazy like that for a scrimmage was awesome.

"Then you see all the athletes and the players they have out there and, well, it was just big time."

Thornton isn't worried about the talent drying up anytime soon, either.

"The guys I was sitting with are all really good," he said. "Everyone knows about Stanley, Parker and Craig and to see two of those guys already committed, you can tell that things are only going to get better."

With the high school season about to start, Thornton doesn't have any more visits scheduled, but he doubts many visits will top his Red and Blue experience.

"I'm sure at some point I will get up to some other schools, but I don't have anything planned," Thornton Jr. said. "It's going to be hard for other places to match this visit, though."

For now, it's back to business for Thornton.

"I've worked hard to get to the point where I'm at and I owe a lot of that to my dad who stays on me to work hard when other kids are playing," he said.

"All that work got me to the point where I didn't really feel I was being pushed as hard as I needed to be at my old high school. I felt I needed to change things up a little."

That change brought Thornton to Findlay.

"I'm basically playing in a college-type environment now and I'm really excited to see how good I can be when I'm pushed to the limit," Thornton Jr. said.

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