Duke transfer point guard Derryck Thornton, Jr. down to four

Former five-star point guard Derryck Thornton, Jr. has narrowed his list to four. The Duke transfer reveals his finalists and discusses what stands out about each program.

Duke point guard transfer Derryck Thornton Jr. has narrowed his school list down to four.

The former five-star prospect, who averaged 7.1 points and 2.6 assists as a freshman with the Blue Devils, tells Scout he’s narrowed his school list down to Kansas, USC, Miami and Washington.

“I want to thank all of the other schools for their interest but these are the programs I've liked for a while and I've connected with their coaching staffs,” Thornton, Jr. said. “I'm really looking forward to going on my visits.”

Thornton, Jr. broke down what he likes about his four finalists.


Kansas: “Kansas has a terrific tradition and Bill Self runs a great program. I have a great relationship with Kurtis Townsend. They win the Big 12 every year and I know they're going to be in the national championship hunt.”

USC: “I love their style of play. Andy Enfield worked in the NBA, Jason Hart played in the NBA at my position and Tony Bland has been a friend of my family for a long time.”

Miami: “Coach (Jim) Larranaga and his staff are top notch. They've done great with transfer point guards, from Shane Larkin to Angel Rodriguez, so I'm comfortable with what they do. Also their style of play is amazing.”

Washington: “Lorenzo Romar has been recruiting me since the 9th grade. He's always given tremendous freedom to his guards and that's why he has so many guards in the NBA. Also I love coach Romar and Raphael Chillious as people.”

Thornton, Jr. told Scout that he’ll take all four official visits before making a decision.

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