Thornton gets UK offer, plans another visit

Derryck Thornton Jr., a five-star recruit in the 2016 class, has his fair share of high major scholarship offers. On Sunday, while on a visit to Kentucky, the Wildcats offered as well. Thornton Jr.'s father talked to Scout.com about the offer and visit.

Derryck Thornton Jr., of Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, picked up another scholarship offer on Sunday. While on an unofficial visit to Kentucky, John Calipari offered the highly touted 2016 point guard.

Thornton's father – Derryck Thornton Sr. – informed Scout.com of the offer.

"He let him know that coming to Kentucky is not for everybody," Thornton Sr. told Scout.com. "It's the hardest thing he'll have to do as far as basketball goes. There's not only the pressure from him, but there's pressure to go to Kentucky. You have to win. The fans are amazing. He expects greatness, period. He expects you to be in the gym. He expects you to hit the books."

"There's a lot of things that can distract you here," he added. "He expects you to be an adult and if you want to be a pro come to Kentucky and we'll set you up and put you in a situation to achieve your dreams and we'll do everything we can to help you achieve those dreams."

What was Thornton Jr.'s reaction to the new offer?

"He smiled of course," Thornton Sr. said. "He's not the most emotional kid. He's pretty even keeled, but he smiled and just said thank you. He said he wants to think about it for a little bit and Cal of course understood that. They talked a little bit about how he would play here. Derryck was really excited because like we say, it's Kentucky."

While on Kentucky's campus on Sunday, Thornton Jr., who was accompanied by his father and his uncle, took a tour of Rupp Arena, played pick up ball with the team and spent a considerable amount of time with the Kentucky coaching staff.

"They let him know they really want him to go [there]," Thornton Sr. told Scout.com. "He's the first point guard on their list and of course that made him happy because if you're a great point guard Kentucky is where you want to go. He's got a lineage of great point guards from Derrick Rose all the way down."

According to Thornton Sr., his son is high on Kentucky because of Calipari's coaching history, as well as his ability to develop players at the point guard position.

Thornton sets second trip to UK
"I feel like Cal has coached in college," he said. "Cal has coached in the NBA. He knows what it takes to get there. Also it is Kentucky. There's a lot of strong heritage here. From Rajon Rondo and long before Cal got here it's been a great school. Then when he came he took it to another level."

"Just to be coached by the guy that coached John Wall, Derrick Rose and Brandon Knight and the list goes on and on, Tyreke Evans, he just knows what he's doing," he added. "Every day in practice if he says something to you, no matter how he says it, it's the right information and you need to hear it."

To go with an offer from Kentucky, Thornton also holds scholarship offers from Arizona, Michigan, Connecticut, UNLV, California, USC, Florida and Miami. Thornton Jr's current plan is to get through a busy July schedule and then take a closer look at the recruiting process.

"I want to get through the summer," Thornton Sr. said. "July is coming. We have camp. The second week he's probably going to play in something local in Vegas and then USA Basketball. I just want to finish those things up and if he doesn't make USA then we'll be at Chris Paul. After that we'll sit down and start to really get into things."

Thornton Jr. doesn't have any other visits scheduled for this summer, but he is scheduled to attend Kentucky's Big Blue Madness festivities in mid-October. Prior to Kentucky, Thornton Jr. visited Michigan at the beginning of June.

A five-star prospect, Thornton is currently ranked No. 11 overall in the 2016 recruiting class.


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