Keating scouts Thornton

A familiar face has joined the chase for one of the top players on Tennessee basketball's recruiting list.

UCLA assistant Kerry Keating, a Vol aide in 2001-02 and 2002-03, showed up Tuesday night in Delaware to scout touted junior Josh Thornton of Caesar Rodney High School. Thornton is a hot-shooting 6-foot-1 combo guard that the Big Orange is pursuing with great interest.

Slowed by a knee injury, Thornton scored just eight points Tuesday night as his team fell 76-58 to Sussex Tech. Tech's Rashawn Johnson broke the school scoring record with 44 points to guide his team to victory.

According to Dave Telep of, Thornton's knee is not healthy and probably won't be for the remainder of the season.

All indications are that Giles County's 6-6 Tyler Smith, Nashville's 6-4 Jamont Gordon and Thornton are the top names on UT's Most Wanted list for the 2005 signing class. All three visited for the Vol-Florida game Jan. 31. Smith and Gordon were unofficial visitors, while Thornton -- accompanied by his parents -- was making his official tour of the campus.

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