Simply Duke Basketball: “Ro on Recruting” – Derryk Thornton Commits to Duke !!!

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In this 2nd installment of his series, Rowan Shiell comments on Duke’s newest recruit, Derryk Thornton, who committed Tuesday …

The commitment of Derryk Thornton, on Tuesday, has solved Duke’s biggest concern going into next season.

Tyus Jones left a void when he declared for the 2015 NBA Draft. Now, his position has been filled with a 5 Star prospect who, will reclassify to the 2015 class.


 The 6’2” Guard was the 11th ranked recruit in the 2016 Class and is now ranked 17th (2nd at his position) according on ESPN’s Top 100 list of recruits for the 2015 class.  He turns 18 in May and has now sacrificed being named an All American, next season, in favour of attending Duke, in the Fall.

“I have been considering reclassifying up for months, so it’s been on my mind,” Thornton said.

“Last night, Coach K and 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 5th-year Transfers but wanted me instead. I am excited about the opportunity and the challenge.”

Guessing that Dylan Ennis, a Guard who decided to transfer from Villanova in order to get more time playing Point Guard, is now out of the question, or was never really a serious contender.  Either way Duke has their man.

Thornton averaged 17.2 Points and 6.2 Assists in guiding Findley Prep to the SemiFinals of Dick’s Nationals.  They lost to eventual Champions, Monteverde Academy, who feature several top recruits including Ben Simmons the top ranked player in the 2015 class.

You can find an in depth scouting report on Thornton here.

Next up on the agenda is Brandon Ingram, now ranked the top Small Forward in the 2015 class, and the 3rd overall recruit according to ESPN.  He is due to announce next Monday and is now happy that Duke has a Point Guard, as that was one of his concerns.

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2 thoughts on “Simply Duke Basketball: “Ro on Recruting” – Derryk Thornton Commits to Duke !!!

  1. I was afraid that Duke would lose Ingram without a PG. Tyus waiting to declare could have possibly lost us Thornton, Murray(another possible reclassification) and Ingram. With a true point now, I feel much better about Monday. If we can start Thornton, Kennard, Ingram, and a combo of Jeter, Amile, Plumlee, or Obi, I feel good. That leaves us a solid bench of Grayson, Matt and the other bigs. Can’t wait for November!


    • Hi Anthony !!!

      It looks like plenty is falling into place and that Coach K is getting who he goes after in a timely fashion. Inasmuch as this past season was an incredible milestone from many perspectives, I still worry that by constantly subverting upperclassmen, something is lost in the translation. Of course, I have to admit being a very traditional thinker when it comes to matriculation.

      Look for more of Ro’s stuff coming up …
      Rock On !!!
      Bermuda Bob


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