Mixtape for Duke’s next point guard, Derryck Thornton (VIDEO)


Earlier this month, Derryck Thornton reclassified into 2015 and committed to play for Duke, meaning that the 6-foot point guard will be the replacement for Tyus Jones as the primary ball-handler for the Blue Devils.

Thornton is a five-star prospect, and you can see just how promising he is as a player in this highlight tape. But you can also get a bit of a feel for why some of his struggles are struggles. He’s turnover prone, he makes risky plays that will either make Sportscenter when they work or get him sent to the bench, and he can be too ball-dominant and a bit of a gunner.

He is talented, however, and Coach K has done some good things with point guards in the past. He won a title with Jon Scheyer running the point and turned Nolan Smith into a first-team all-american point guard: