After a number of in-home visits and countless discussion with his family, Thornton, of Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake, opted to cut the list of schools he's considering to Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Texas.
"Unfortunately, in the recruiting process, you can only pick one, and it has been very challenging to narrow down the list, and I expect it to continue being that way over the next few weeks," Thornton said via email. "However, I feel very blessed to have the opportunities."
Of the four schools remaining, Thornton, has visited Alabama and Texas.
"The two visits that I have taken thus far have been wonderful, and have helped me learn how to focus in on the things that are most important to me," the three-star prospect said.
"Those visits have also taught me just how demanding and time-consuming this process can be, especially with me trying to finish up my senior year of high school, with graduation and associated senior-related activities."
Thornton acknowledged that academics, player development, style of play, tradition and stability would all factor in when he begins hashing out a decision, which will come sometime in the next two weeks.
"I will graduate from Westlake High School on May 21st and would like to have my decision made by then," he wrote. "This will allow me to concentrate on getting ready for summer school, which starts as early as June 1st for many universities."
During his senior season, Thornton averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds, while also securing Mr. Basketball. Thornton was originally a Clemson signee, but asked for and was granted his release from his Letter of Intent following Oliver Purnell's departure.