Thornton happy to join the Tribe

The suggestions started coming early in the season, after back-to-back 30-point games.

Should Marcus Thornton figure a way out of his National Letter-of-Intent to William & Mary and look to play in one of college basketball’s power conferences?


Marcus Thornton averaged 23.4 points this season, emerging as one of the Washington area’s best players. (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

“I haven’t really thought about it,” Thornton said. “There was a rumor going around that I was going to prep [school] but it’s not true.”

By not graduating from high school or by going to prep school, Thornton’s NLI would no longer be valid.

Thornton was somewhat of a latecomer to the recruiting scene, playing junior varsity as a sophomore and having only one season of varsity basketball before hitting the summer tournament circuit prior to his senior year. Though 6 feet 3, he is a skinny 165 pounds.

But as Thornton continued pouring in the points, college coaches took more and more notice. None of them personally contacted Thornton, he said, but it was made clear they were interested if he was.

Thornton averaged 23.4 points per game this season, leading McNamara to a school-record 23 victories. He finished his two-year varsity career with 1,254 points and was selected to play in the Capital Classic on April 17 at Show Place Arena.

“William & Mary recruited me all along,” he said. “I’m happy with my decision.”

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