Derryck Thornton of Simi Valley, Calif., showed himself as one of the nation’s top point guards during the past year. He has drawn scholarship offers from schools such as Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma and UCLA amongst others. Here’s our breakdown on the five-star prospect:
Derryck Thornton – (Simi Valley, Calif.) – Findlay Prep / Dream Vision – 2015
Position: Point Guard
OTRHoopsReport.com Eval Grade: 5 data mining research papers star
Committed College: Duke
6/20/14 – NBPA Top 100 Camp (Charlottesville, Va.) – Brandon Clay
Thornton brought his AGame to Virginia showing that he has the vision and the handle to use the pick and roll to score or create. He plays the game like a lefty but shoots the jumper right-handed. He likes to finish at the rim with his left hand. Thornton did struggle on Wednesday night to keep DeAaron Fox in front of him but established himself as a first cut point guard in the rising essay wriritors junior class.
1/18/14 – Hoop Hall Classic (Springfield, Mass.) – Jonathan Hemingway
Thornton played the PG spot for his Findlay Prep team here today. And as Brandon predicted in his eval below, he did a good job of setting up his teammates with the pass. Most of his work was done with the dribble. We did not see the jumper that Brandon saw in Colorado, however his ability to be solid with the ball is exceptional.
10/05/13 – USA Basketball Developmental Mini-Camp (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Brandon Clay
Thornton’s essay stress frame is slight but he plays big. A right-handed shooter, he can make the open 3-pointer and 17 foot jump shot. He’ll pass to Kelly Oubre Jr. and Rashad Vaughn all high school season as he plays one of the toughest schedules in the country.
Highlights of Thornton compliments of Courtside Films:
Brandon Clay is the Executive Camp Director of the Elite Basketball Academy and the owner of Brandon Clay Scouting. Clay is also the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and definition essay definition ProspectsNation.com. He serves Director of Scouting for the OTRHoopsReport.com National Scouting Report. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com
Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. also He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB