Thornton reclassifies, commits to Duke

Derryck Thornton will be Duke's point guard next season. The talented guard opted to reclassify and commit to Duke.

Once Duke lost Tyus Jones to the NBA Draft they immediately turned their attention to Derryck Thornton, the top point guard in the 2016 class.

Mike Krzyzewski and assistants Jon Scheyer and Jeff Capel conducted an in-home visit with Thornton on Monday. The Duke trio pitched to Thornton about not only commiting, but also reclassifying to the 2015 class.

Duke’s pitch worked, according to Thornton’s father – Tank.

“Just after sitting with those guys last night for a few hours and going over everything and talking coach K we made the decision,” he told Scout. “I talked with him and Scheyer and Capel with him it just felt like the right fit for Derryck.”

Thornton had a host of schools recruiting him and also did an in-home visit with Rick Pitino last week as well.

“He said he wanted to do it and I said I got your back,” Thornton told Scout.

“I think the biggest thing is the opportunity to come in and play next year and get major minutes at the position,” he added. “Being coached by coach K and with the people they got coming in, it just felt like an unbelievable opportunity that Derryck couldn’t pass up. That’s why he wanted to commit.”

With the move to the 2015 class, Thornton will be slotted as the top point guard and a five-star prospect.

Duke assistant Jon Scheyer was the point man on the Thornton recruitment.

Duke now has four commitments in the 2015 class. Thornton joins five-star prospects Luke Kennard and Chase Jeter, as well as three-star big man Antonio Vrankovic.


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