Five-star guard Derryck Thornton says he’ll probably pass on Louisville offer to enroll a year early

Five-star guard Derryck Thornton says he’ll probably pass on Louisville offer to enroll a year early

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Five-star guard Derryck Thornton says he’ll probably pass on Louisville offer to enroll a year early

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – While flattered by the offer, five-star junior point guard Derryck Thornton is more likely at this point to pass on Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s invitation to skip a grade and sign with the Cardinals in the 2015 class.

His interest in U of L, regardless of year, remains high, however.

Thornton, the fantastic all-around playmaker for Las Vegas-area powerhouse Findlay, said after a victory at Saturday’s Spalding HoopHall Classic that he’s about “70 percent” sure he’ll remain in the Class of 2016, although he’s still weighing the idea of reclassification.

“I’m leaning a little bit toward staying in high school, but I’m not 100 percent sure yet,” he said. “I have thought about it a little bit, and there are pros and cons to both. I’m kind of in the middle. It could go either way.”

About a month ago, Pitino, still looking for a final guard in his 2015 class, broached the idea that Thornton is so good that he could come start for the Cards next season. Thornton, widely considered the nation’s best point guard in 2016, said it “was shocking” when his dad called to tell him Pitino had made the offer.

“I was overwhelmed,” he said. “I wasn’t really expecting that. I thought about it. It’s a great opportunity to kind of start in next year’s class.”

The Cards figure to remain in the hunt for Thornton no matter how long his recruitment lasts. His dad, Derryck Sr., told The Courier-Journal last month that U of L and archrival Kentucky will end up in his son’s top five.

Thornton just visited UK on Tuesday for its game against Missouri, and he’ll likely visit Louisville for the home finale against Virginia.

Duke, Michigan, California, Southern California and Miami are some of the other teams recruiting him.

Read the full story at courier-journal.com

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