Marcus Thornton names four

Former 2010 Clemson basketball signee Marcus Thornton released a letter Thursday night to name the final four schools that he will consider. The final decision will be made and announced later this month.

Over the past month, my parents, my sister and I have spent many hours discussing and researching all of the colleges interested in me as a student-athlete. We have been looking at things such as academics, player development, style of play, program tradition and stability, and how I "see myself fitting" into their basketball program as well as their overall university. It has been an educational, but long and challenging process.

The two visits that I have taken thus far (Alabama and Texas) have been wonderful, and have helped me learn how to focus in on the things that are most important to me. 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.

I will graduate from Westlake High School on May 21st and would like to have my decision made by then. This will allow me to concentrate on getting ready for summer school, which starts as early as June 1 for many universities. With that said, I have limited my choices to four schools: Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Texas (alphabetical order). I really appreciate all of the interest and the time the coaches have spent recruiting me. I also appreciate the support of all of my friends and family, and all of the other people out there who have been wishing me well. To the other schools that offered scholarships, I want to say thanks for your time and consideration. It was an honor to be recruited by those universities. There was nothing wrong with any of the other colleges. They all are great. 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. However, I feel very blessed to have the opportunities.


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