When anyone mentions elite PGs from the class of 2015, Derryck Thornton is near the top of the already loaded list. Isaiah briscoe, Jalen Brunson, and Malik Newman are a just few.
Thornton was a dynamic point who captured audiences and college scouts with his quick handles, good vision, and sneaky athleticism. His high school highlights were covered by Ballislife, ESPN and more.
He received comparison to the likes of Kyrie Irving—if that doesn’t say enough, then I don’t know what does.
Thornton college recruiting took a turn during his junior year. When most of his peers were getting ready for their last year of summer ball, Derryck had a huge decision to make. With Tyus Jones considering declaring for the 2015 NBA Draft and many experts believing his draft stock might not get higher than what it is right now, the Blue Devils could find themselves in a position where there isn’t a point guard on next season’s roster.
To help plan for this possibility, Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke coaching staff have asked Derryck Thornton, a 5-star point guard in the class of 2016, to consider reclassifying to this year’s recruiting class and committing to the Blue Devils.
He did so...
Thornton had an up-and-down freshman season, averaging 7.1 points, 2.5 assists and 26 minutes per game while starting 20 times. Convinced he would be little more than a backup to Jackson as a sophomore, the 6-foot-3 California native decided it was time to leave.
Thornton decided to head back west near home and transferred to The University of Southern California. During his time at USC, Thornton quickly became a reliable option for Andy Enfield’s backcourt. In fact, Thornton is coming off his best season thus far, averaging 7.7 points and 4.3 assists per game.
With only one year of eligibility remaining, it turns out Thornton is returning to the ACC.
College basketball insider Jon Rothstein broke the news that Thornton is transferring to Boston College for next season.
The Eagles can use Thornton to help ease the loss of Ky Bowman, who could hear his name called on Thursday during the NBA Draft.
Not only will Thornton have the chance to finish his career on a positive note at Boston College, but he’ll also get to compete against Duke during conference play.