Following reeling in the #1 rated recruiting class last offseason, led by top player Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, and Tyus Jones, Coach K and the Blue Devils won their 5th NCAA crown, beating Wisconsin in the final game.
It was no surprise when both Okafor and Winslow, who are projected Lottery picks, declared for the 2015 NBA Draft but when Final Four Most Outstanding Player Tyus Jones followed, the Duke program was suddenly left without a single point guard on the roster for next season.
That was until Tuesday, when the coaching staff pulled the equivalent of a recruiting coup, landing a commitment from 5 star floor general Derryck Thornton, the #11 rated player in the Class of 2016.
Following the commitment Thornton decided to reclassify to the 2015 Class and be eligible to play immediately next year.
Thornton spoke to the media on Tuesday…..
Last night, Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski] and [assistant] Jeff Capel came in for the visit and they told me how much confidence they have in me to be their point guard next year. They were very prepared about my game and their plan for me.
They told me they could have went after fifth-year transfers but wanted me instead. I am excited about the opportunity and the challenge.
The 6’2 and 175lb Thornton helped lead national HS powerhouse Findlay Prep to a 29-3 record, averaging 17.0 points, 6.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game.
He joins fellow elite recruits Chase Jeter, Luke Kennard, and Antonio Vrankovic in another star studded incoming freshman class next season and is the perceived favorite for 5 star 6’9 scoring wing Brandon Ingram.
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.