Former five-star PG, Duke transfer Derryck Thornton, Jr., three visits in

Duke transfer Derryck Thornton, Jr., a former five-star point guard, has taken three official visits and is one trip away from being ready to make a decision. Here's the latest on Thornton, Jr.'s recruitment.

Former Scout five-star point guard prospect Derryck Thornton Jr., a transfer from Duke, has taken three of his four official visits and is making progress on eventually making a decision.

The Southern California native, who is down to USC, Kansas, Washington and Miami (Fl), started off his visit tour by checking out local USC.

"USC has a beautiful campus, it's a top notch education and the basketball program is definitely on the rise," said Derryck Thornton, Sr. "Since Andy (Enfield), Tony (Bland) and Jason (Hart) have been there you can just see the growth.

"L.A. basketball is alive again. Who wouldn't want to be a part of being home and being part of such a good situation? They play fast and it's very much like an NBA style. We loved the visit."

Up next for Thornton, Jr. was a trip to Kansas.

"It's the mecca of basketball," said Thornton, Sr. "Legendary coach, legendary program, from Phog Allen all the way down to Bill Self. Tons of players in the NBA, up-tempo style, pick and roll, open basketball.

"Campus was absolutely beautiful. It's a big school with 30,000 people. The gym and housing were the best I've ever seen. It's a top notch program and the fan base is absolutely ridiculous."

This week, Thornton, Jr. took an official visit to Seattle to see Washington.

"Lorenzo Romar is one of the best developers of guards in college coaching," Thornton, Sr. said. "He's had a plethora of success with point guards and getting them to the NBA. The way they play can only prepare you for the NBA.

"Seattle is a beautiful city and coach (Lorenzo) Romar, (Raphael) Chillious and Will (Conroy) are first rate guys. Campus was big, very green and they have a very good business school. Everything is super high tech."

On May 15, Thornton, Jr. will conclude his visit tour when he trips to Miami.

"(Jim) Larranaga has done terrific things with transfer point guards," said Thornton, Sr. "They run a lot of pick and roll, go up and down and play aggressive basketball.

"He's one of the best coaches in college. He turns programs around and has a ton of experience with NBA guards. (Derryck, Jr.) is looking forward to seeing the campus and what the interaction with the players is like."

As of now, there's no timetable for a decision once Thornton, Jr. returns from Miami.

"We don't know," Thornton, Sr. said. "He wants to take his time and make sure everything fits and it's a win-win for both sides."

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