Derryck Thornton

  • Guard
  •  6-1 / 185 cms
  •  170 lbs / 77
  •  Findlay Prep (Nev.) ‘16
  •  Simi Valley, Calif.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Named to the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team on March 27, 2013.
  • Participated in the October 2012 USA Developmental National Team mini-camp, held in Colorado Springs, Colo.
    College Notes
  • Lists Connecticut, Michigan, San Diego State, Southern California, UCLA and UNLV among his college choices.

High School Honors

  • 2013 All-Alpha Conference first team.
  • 2012 Torrey Pines, Oxnard and Simi Valley All-Tournament Teams.

High School Notes

  • Transferred to Findlay Prep (Nev.), where he will compete in 2013-14.
  • Attended Sierra Canyon High School (Calif.), where as a freshman in 2012-13, the Trailblazers went 17-11 and advanced to the 2013 California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division 4AA championship second round; started all 28 games and averaged 15.9 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 7.2 apg. and 2.7 spg.

Personal Notes

  • Born on May 30, 1997, in Woodland Hills, Calif., resides in Simi Valley, Calif.
  • Son of Derryck Thornton Sr., has three sisters: Brandee (21), Skylar (17) and Jordyn (12).
  • Father played basketball at Azusa Pacific University and professionally in Germany, cousin Steven Thornton played at Utah State University.
  • Started playing basketball when he was 7 years old.

The Inside Scoop

  • Watched the 2012 Olympics and some of his top memories include watching the U.S Olympic Men’s Basketball Team and how it, “dominated and played unselfish. Everyone played well.” He also watched, “a lot of track and field. Those guys are super-fast. I was proud of all the USA athletes for how hard they worked and how well they did.”
  • Favorite player on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team: Chris Paul, because, “He leads and has an effect on the game, even when he doesn’t score.”
  • Plans on majoring in: broadcast journalism.
  • If he could drive anything, it would be: a Bentley Coupe, but he currently does not drive.
  • Favorite Twitter account: Kevin Hart, @KevinHart4real.
  • Top four movies of all time: Avatar, Love and Basketball, He’s Got Game and Coming to America.
  • Favorite non-sports magazine: Daily Bread.
  • Favorite sports magazine: ESPN The Magazine.
  • Pregame meal: he doesn’t have a meal, just a snack, so he’s not full when he plays.
  • Favorite app: Fun Run.
  • Favorite sport other than basketball: football.
  • Favorite class: math.
  • Favorite basketball player of all time: Isiah Thomas.
  • Favorite team: Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Favorite Olympian: Michael Jordan.
  • Most played song on his iPod: “Started from the Bottom” by Drake.
  • Best player ever faced: Enes Kanter.
  • Most impressive person ever met: Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs because “he is so successful and is a really cool person.”
  • Would compare his game to: Tony Parker.
  • This ambidexterous player wears No. 1 because: it all starts with the point guard.
  • Away from the court, enjoys: writing and producing music.
  • Most people don’t know: he likes hanging out with his sisters.