Duke lands one of nation’s top point guards, Derryck Thornton

Updated: April 21, 2015
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Duke will lose point guard Tyus Jones to the NBA, as he had an impressive freshman season and followed it up with a spectacular NCAA tournament.

Once he declared for the draft, Duke was immediately in need of a replacement to run the point next season.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff went to work. They were able to convince Derryck Thornton, one of the nation’s top prospects, to reclassify and commit to Duke, as ESPN’s Paul Biancardi reported on Tuesday.

Thornton is the third ranked point guard in the ESPN Class of 2016 — behind Kentucky signee Isaiah Briscoe and Villanova commit Jalen Brunson — and the 17th ranked player overall in the ESPN 100.

Duke will also lose Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow to the NBA, and Quinn Cook to graduation. They will, however, return rising sophomore Grayson Allen, who showcased the type of talent he has in the national championship game against Wisconsin, Matt Jones and Amile Jefferson. They will also have five-star recruits Chase Jeter and Luke Kennard join their team next season.

The Blue Devils are positioning themselves to make another Final Four run, as they now have the second ranked recruiting class behind LSU — who landed top Class of 2016 prospect Ben Simmons, as well as five-star recruit Antonio Blakeney and four-star recruit Brandon Sampson.

Duke is also in heavy pursuit of the third ranked player in the ESPN 100, Brandon Ingram, who also holds offers from North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina State and UCLA.



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