Thornton Still Has Leader

Josh Thornton is still starting to get back into shape after an injury-plagued season. The Delaware guard, who continues to favor one SEC school, will get back into the swing of things at the Tournament of Champions later this month.

While some players already have dozens of games under their belt this spring, Josh Thornton has played in just one thus far.

The 6-1, 160-pound Caesar Rodney High (Del.) junior shooting guard played with various injuries for nearly his entire junior campaign, so he's using the time off to rest up for July.

``I needed the time to get back where I was," said Thornton, who will join his Delaware Sharpshooters at the Tournament of Champions later this month. "I still want to get more fluid and get my knee back to where it was. Right now I'd say I'm about 80 percent."

Thornton, one of the top shooters in the class, realizes that he's not a true point guard – but he's working on his lead-guard skills.

``I'm definitely not a point guard. I'm a combo," he said. "When I get to the one, I'm going to be a scoring point. That's how I've gotten my reputation so far – by scoring. I don't want to try and change into a completely different player."

Thornton still has Tennessee atop his list, especially because the Vols are the only official visit to his record thus far. Virginia Tech offered recently and so did Arkansas. Thornton has also begun to move Miami, with new coach Frank Haith, into his elite corps of schools. Kansas has always been a school he's held in high esteem, but now Thornton is really sure where he stands with the Jayhawks coaching staff.

``Tennessee is leading because they want me no matter what," Thornton said. "Coach (Buzz) Peterson came to my first game and I was horrible, but they still want me. They're sticking with me." ``I like Virginia Tech because they're going to the ACC," he added. "I like the coaches and other than that, I'll think I'll have to take an official visit to find out more about the program."

The biggest thing for Thornton is landing somewhere that he's needed. He'd like to go somewhere with tradition already in place.

It's nearly a sure thing that Thornton will take official visits to Virginia Tech and Miami. Arkansas will likely get one as well.

``If everything went well, I would have liked to have already made my decision," Thornton added. "But now I really can't answer when I'll make my decision. I want to be able to show coaches what I'm capable of in July."


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