Thornton: 'It Was Fun'

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Tyler Thornton continues to prove that he is a winner. Teaming up with fellow point guard Eric Atkins, Thornton helped D.C. Assault capture the 16-under championship in the 2008 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

Tyler Thornton continues to prove that he is a winner. Teaming up with fellow point guard Eric Atkins, Thornton helped D.C. Assault capture the 16-under championship in the 2008 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

Thornton, who averaged 11 points per game over the course of the tournament, is a pure point guard who is already regarded as one of the top defenders at his position in the country, regardless of class.

In late April, he helped D.C. Assault win the Pitt Jame Fest, and he started as a sophomore for Washington (DC) Gonzaga High School.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder already holds several high major scholarship offers, and NC State is expressing heavy interest.

Pack Pride spoke with Thornton following one of his recent games, and we will have highlights of him in action later so stay tuned!

You visited NC State last year for the Wolfpack's Red-White Game. What were your impressions of that game?
It was fun. J.J. Hickson, he was a beast. He was really exciting to watch. He was my favorite player on that team this past year.

What do you like about N.C. State?
I have a good relationship with coach Pete [Strickland]. He's a cool guy. I got a chance to go down to the campus, and I really liked it.

Do you have any plans to re-visit N.C. State?
I'll probably go back later this summer... go back and see my family and the coaches again. Or probably in the preseason next year.

What other schools are you interested in?
Georgetown, Miami, UVA, Wake Forest and obviously [N.C. State].

Do you have any offers yet?
I got an offer from Georgetown, UVA, and William & Mary.

Any team you grew up cheering for?
North Carolina (laughs).

Have you followed N.C. State?
I follow everybody in the ACC and Big East pretty much. I watch all the games. I like college basketball, that's my favorite.

Going away from home matter to you?
Not really. I can stay at home or go away, it doesn't really matter to me. I've talked to my parents - they really don't want me to stay or go - just whatever happens, happens.

You and Eric [Atkins] do a good job working with each other really well.
Whenever I'm having a bad game, he's having a good game. When I'm having a good game, he's having a bad game or a good game. It's tough to play our team. We got other guards coming off the bench that are really good.

What schools are similar with you two?
Wake Forest. N.C. State, Georgetown. And he really likes UConn.

Have you and Eric talked about going to different schools or would you mind playing for the same team?
Sometimes we talk about trying to get a couple guys from our AAU team to play together because we play so well with each other. AAU, usually everybody's going for theirs but we play as a team.


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