Basketball Recruiting Update on Derryck Thornton

Photo: maxpreps.com
Photo: maxpreps.com

The Louisville Cardinals have two spots left to fill for next season’s team. If you caught the post from the other day, we focused in on the three guys that were the most likely options to fill the two spots. One of those players was 5-star point guard Derryck Thornton from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.

Thornton is currently a player in the 2016 class. But Rick Pitino brought the idea to Thornton to reclassify to 2015 and come in and join the Cards. If he does reclassify, it is believed that he will either choose Louisville or Duke. The Blue Devils will have a wide open spot at point guard with Tyus Jones declaring for the NBA.

Thornton was supposed to visit Louisville April 19-21, but now it appears that plans have changed. According to Jerry Meyer of 247 Sports, Coach K will be visiting with Thornton on Monday, which is April 20. Here is a little bit more from the article:

Louisville is also fervently recruiting Thornton as a 2015 recruit. In fact the idea of reclassifying first came up when Louisville began recruiting him in earnest in December. Thornton plans to officially visit Louisville after he takes the SAT the first of May. He had planed to unofficially visit Louisville April 19.

Thornton has already unofficially visited Duke.

Duke has a firm lead in his Crystal Ball.

All signs now seem to be pointing to Thornton ending up at Duke. And honestly, I can’t say I blame him. Choosing between places like Louisville and Duke is awesome enough. But he has the chance to go play for the National Champions, under Coach K, and walk right into the starting point guard spot if Jones leaves? Yeah, sounds pretty appealing to me. I wouldn’t fault him at all for that.

If you missed it from late last night, Louisville will be getting a visit next week from Coppin State transfer Sterling Smith. Check out more about that.

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