Derryck Thornton, Jr. narrowed his school list to 10 on Tuesday. Which programs made the cut?
Scout.com's top-ranked point guard in the 2016 class, Derryck Thornton
, Jr. has narrowed his school list to 10.
The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep prospect, ranked 6th in his class nationally by Scout.com, is down to Duke
and NC State.
"I feel like I'm really focusing on the 10 schools I narrowed it down to," Thornton said. "I can really see myself playing at one of the these schools."
Thornton quickly broke down what he likes about each school left on his list.
: "Coach K is a legendary coach, it's a great education and it's a great national program."
: "Coach Cal is a great coach. My ultimate goal is to get to the league and they do a great job helping players get there."
: "I love the staff - it's a great staff - and all the coaches there are super supportive. I love the style of play and coaching staff."
: "I have a good connection with some of the coaches there. I love the style of play and what coach (Rick) Pitino does with his point guards. I can see myself fitting into their system."
: "They're from the West Coast and that's always great. I've known the coaching staff for a long time; they've been on me as long as almost anyone on my list so that's been cool and they're close to home."
: "I have a great relationship with coach Yanni Hufnagel and coach Cuonzo Martin. It's real close to home, it has a great education and it's a great school."
: "They're close to home and were the first school to offer me and that's always great. I love the style of play, it's a great school, a great conference - the Pac-12 is great - and it's really close to home."
: "I love coach (Jim) Larranaga; he's a great, great dude and a great person to talk to. They have a really good staff, their location is great and it's in a really good conference."
: "It's a great school, it's close to home and on the West Coast. I live in Las Vegas now so I know a lot of people here and sometimes it's good to stay home."
: "I'm just starting to build a good relationship with their coaches but they keep in contact a lot and I really like their coaching staff. They're in a great conference."
The next step for Thornton is taking the season to study the teams remaining on his list.
"I want to watch a lot of games to see how I can fit into these programs," he said. "I want to see their style of play, how the coaches react to the players and the point guard."
The five-star prospect doesn't think it's going to take him too long to be able to figure out which schools fit him the best.
"I think I'll be able to tell pretty quick," Thornton said. "Obviously I've been watching some of these teams already so I can kind of tell but this year I'm going to really narrow in on how these programs play.
"I'm going to hone in on the little things I wasn't watching before. The sets they run, the defense, how often they push, what do they do in transition and stuff like that."