Miami is not the only team after Derryck Thornton, but it appears the Hurricanes are one of them.
Jim Larranaga, who is looking for help at point guard, reportedly made a trip to Durham, N.C. on Tuesday to meet with Thornton, a former five-star recruit who is transferring from Duke. Larranaga said in his season-ending press conference he would spend this month recruiting. Among his needs: point guards and big men.
Thornton (6-2, 175), rated 17th nationally and third among point guards in the 2015 class by ESPN, is hearing from heavy hitters. Kansas’ Bill Self and USC’s Andy Enfield were there yesterday, according to reports.
Miami was among numerous programs who offered Thornton as a high schooler, when he reclassified to join Duke a year early. He played 26 minutes per game in his freshman season, averaging 7.1 points and 2.6 assists per game, “but couldn’t lock down the starting point guard role and would have also had to compete with five-star freshman Frank Jackson next season,” wrote ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello, who revised their list of available transfers with Thornton No. 1 overall. They expected Thornton, from Chatsworth, California, “to look at schools out west.
Derryck Thornton (left) drives against Oregon. (Getty Images)
Arizona, California, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina State, UNLV and USC also offered Thornton out of high school.
As for his eligibility status should he eventually decide to sign with UM, NCAA rules state transfers from Division I schools must sit out a year, but the ACC has in the past imposed penalties on players transferring in-conference (or barred the practice entirely).
We’ve reached out to the ACC for clarity and will update this post.
The person who broke the news of Miami’s involvement said in a tweet that Thornton, with the blessing of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, “can go anywhere he chooses.” He later deleted that tweet.