The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep prospect, is ranked 6th overall and the top point guard in his class nationally by Scout.com.
“It went great," he told Scout.com of his time with Pitino. "We talked about an hour and half. We talked about the school, how I would fit into their system and talked about basketball. We got a good relationship. It was the first time that I was able to sit down with him, so I got to get a feel for how he coaches and the type of person he was.”
Thornton was impressed by what he learned during his visit with the Hall of Fame coach.
“It was great," he explained. "He's real cool. I love how they play, they run. I love to run. They press, get steals, get up and down and get a lot of possesions, so overall it went great. Great meeting and I had a lot of fun.”
Thornton narrowed his list of schools to ten in October, with Arizona, California, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, NC State, UNLV and USC. He plans to trim his list to five in February, a group Louisville is likely to be among.
“I think it's going to go up from now," Thornton said of his interest in the Cardinals program. "I think we'll build an even better relationship. It can go only better from now.”
U of L has expressed an interest in having Thornton reclassify to the 2015 class, but have confirmed that the scholarship offer exists regardless of his classification year.