Marcus Thornton: 2015 Draft Prospect

Height: 6-3
Weight: 177
Position: PG
College: William & Mary
Age: 22

2014-2015 Season Stats

PPG: 7.9
RPG: 1.8
APG: 0.8
STL: 0.6

Player Bio
Courtesy of William & Mary Athletics

Career Notes: W&M’s all-time leading scorer (2,178 points) … School record holder in 3-pointers made (325), games played (127), 3-pointers made per game (2.56), minutes played (4328) and minutes played per game (34.1) … In CAA history, is seventh all-time in scoring and fourth in 3-poiners made … Ranks third in W&M history in free throws made (435), fifth in field goals made (709), fifth in 3-point percentage (.402), ninth in scoring average (17.1), 11th in assists (308) and 12th in free throw percentage (.789) … Third conference player of the year in W&M history and first CAA POY … One of only two W&M players to be a three-time All-CAA selection and one of only two to be a two-time First Team All-CAA pick … First three-time first team NABC All-District pick in school history … One of only five players in W&M history with 1000 career points and 300 career assists … Scored in double figures in 110 of his 127 career games (86.6 percent) and 20 or more points on 45 occasions in his career … A two-time team captain and 3-point team MVP … Only player in W&M history with three seasons of 500 or more points … Announced that his No. 3 will be the sixth number retired at W&M next season.

Senior Season (2014-15): First CAA Player of the Year in W&M history in 2014-15 … Named Associated Press honorable mention All-American, becoming the sixth All-American in W&M history … Fans-vote College Court Report Mid-Major Player of the Year … First Team All-CAA for the second straight season … First Team NABC All-District 10 for the third straight season … Named the Richmond Times Dispatch and Virignia Sports Information Directors State Player of the Year … One of 16 national finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, presented by the presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame … A finalist for the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year award … A Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American … Broke the oldest DI scoring record in the country held since 1950 with 23 points in a Feb. 25 win over Towson … Became the first W&M player to average 20 points per game in a season since 2004 … Ranked 17th nationally in scoring, 16th in 3-pointers made (3.1) and 34th in 3-point percentage (40.2) … His 659 points in 2014-15 were the second most in W&M history and the most since 1949 … Knocked down a school-record 102 3-pointers and became just the sixth player in CAA history to reach the century mark in 3-pointers made in a season … Closed out his career with 39 straight double-digit scoring games … Tallied 20 or more points in 14 games this season, including a career-high 37 at Richmond in December and a CAA Tournament record 37 in the semifinals against Hofstra in March … Named to the CAA All-Tournament team after averaging 24.7 points per game during the event … Ranked among the top five in the CAA in scoring, free throw percentage, 3-point percentage, 3-poiners made and minutes played … One of only two players to start all 33 games … One of only six players nationally to shoot 45 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line (meeting the NCAA minimum qualifications for national rankings) … Scored a game-high 23 points in his final collegiate game at Tulsa … Named CAA Player of the Week on Dec. 1 after scoring 25 points on 7-of-11 shooting in leading W&M to a win over eventual Southern Conference Champion Wofford … Dished out a career-high seven assists at Elon on Jan. 8 … Scored 27 points on 7-of-11 from 3-point range and added a career-high seven rebounds and five assists in a win over JMU on Jan. 10 … In his 37-point game against Richmond on Dec. 3, connected don 14-of-18 from the floor and 8-of-11 from 3-point range … The eight 3-pointers ranked as the second-most in W&M history … Along with scoring a CAA-Tournament record 37 points in the semifinal win over Hofstra on March 8, he dished out the game-winning assist, finding Daniel Dixon in the corner for a wide open 3-pointer with less than a second to play. Named Team MVP for the third straight season … Selected First Team VaSID All-State for the second straight season.

Junior Season (2013-14): Only the third W&M player to be selected to the All-CAA First Team … Only the second W&M player to named NABC All-District 10 First Team in back to back seasons … Selected as the CAA Most Valuable Player by the Web site … Became just the second First Team VaSID (Virginia Sports Information Directors) All-State pick in W&M history … Ranked fourth in the CAA and 58th nationally in scoring at 18.7 points per game … His 599 points on the season rank as the sixth-most in W&M history … Led the CAA and ranked 28th nationally in 3-pointer made at 93 on the year … Also ranked fourth in the league and 32nd nationally in 3-point percentage at 40.3 percent … Ranked seventh in the CAA in assists per game (2.8), steals per game (1.1) and minutes played (35.6), third in free throw percentage (77.9) and ninth in field goal percentage (43.5) … Twice named CAA Player of the Week … Scored a season-high 28 points in the Tribe’s win at Rutgers, knocking down 16-of-19 from the free throw line … His made and attempted free throw numbers at Rutgers were among the top 10 single-game performances in W&M history … Named CAA Player of the Week after scoring 26 points in a win over ODU and 25 points in a victory at Western Illinois … Garnered his second CAA Player of the Week honor and was named the ECAC Player of the Week after back to back 26-point efforts in wins over Drexel and College of Charleston … Averaged nearly 20 points per game in leading W&M to the CAA Championship game for the third time in seven years and was named to the CAA All-Tournament Team as a result … Scored 21 points in the Tribe’s semifinal win over Towson and followed it up with 22 in the title game against Delaware … Scored 20 or more points on 14 occasions in 2013-14 and produced double-digit scoring efforts in 29 of 32 contests … Dished out five or more assists on seven occasions, including a career-high tying six at Hampton (Nov. 8), vs. Goucher (Dec. 20) and at Western Illinois (Jan. 4) … His buzzer-beating 3-pointer in a 68-66 wins at Drexel on Jan. 25 was the No. 4 play on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays for the night … Scored his 1,000th career points with 18 against High Point on Nov. 20 … Led W&M in scoring in all four games of the program’s international trip to the Dominican Republic and averaged a team-best 21.8 ppg, shooting 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from 3-point range with 4.3 3-pointers per game … Scored a game-high 28 points against the Dominican Republic U17 National Team and followed it up with a 24-point outburst against the Senior National Team.

Sophomore Season (2012-13): Named Team MVP … Third W&M player to be named First-Team NABC All-District … Only the second W&M sophomore named Second-Team All-CAA selection … Named Second-Team VaSID All-State … Only Tribe player to start all 30 games, scoring the 11th-most points in school history (565) … Three-time CAA Player of the Week (11/12, 12/1, 2/18) … Scored in double figures in all 30 games … Led the CAA in 3-pointers made per game (3.1) and 3-pointer field goal percentage (.435) … Ranked second in the CAA in scoring (18.8), while ranking among the league leaders in assists (12th - 2.8), minutes played (2nd - 36.3), free throw percentage (3rd - .827) and field goal percentage (9th - .440) … Ended the year ranked 31st nationally in scoring, 10th in 3-pointers made per game, 16th in 3-point field goal percentage and 85th in free throw percentage … His 3-pointers made per game set a W&M school record … Scored 20-plus points in 14 games … Led all scorers with 25 points in the CAA Quarterfinals against James Madison (3/9) … Scored 20 of his career-high 32 points in the second half at Old Dominion (2/16) … Hit seven 3-pointers, the fourth-best single-game total in school history and was 11-of-12 from the free throw line at ODU … Tallied 25 points, including the final nine of the game, clinching the Tribe win over UNCW (2/13) … Scored 22 points at Delaware (1/30) and at James Madison (2/6) … Led the team with 16 points, including seven of W&M’s final 11 points, in a win over Towson (1/26) to go with a career-high six rebounds … Tallied 23 points, all after halftime, on 5-of-9 from 3-point range to go with a team-high five assists at Northeastern (1/23) … Knocked down a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left in the first OT to send it to a second against the Huskies … Tallied 24 points on six 3-pointers at Towson (1/9), while adding a career-high four steals … Knocked down two 3-pointers in the final 20 seconds of the first OT period to send the game to a second OT … Topped all scorers with 21 points at Purdue (12/29) and added a career-high six assists … Led W&M in scoring with 19 points at Radford, including the game-clinching free throws with 14.5 seconds remaining … Named CAA Player of the Week for the second time in 2012 after scoring a game-high 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, in the CAA opening win over ODU (12/1) … Scored 17 of his game-high 22 in the second half and overtime at Richmond (11/28) … Led W&M with 17 points at Wake Forest (11/23) … Scored 21 points to go with a career-high five assists in the Tribe’s 83-61 win at High Point (11/17) … Named CAA co-Player of the Week on Nov. 12 after his performance 24-point performance against Hampton (11/9).

Freshman Season (2011-12): Started 14 of 32 games for W&M and ranked second on the team at 11.1 points per game, which ranked 23rd in the CAA ... Named to the CAA All-Rookie Team ... Twice named CAA Rookie of the Week (1/9 and 2/6) ... During league play, ranked 18th in scoring (11.9) and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage at 39.1 percent ... Led W&M with 13 points at Drexel (2/14) ... Scored 11 of his 14 points against Northeastern (2/11) in the opening half, including a 3-of-4 effort from 3-point range ... Pulled down a career-high six rebounds vs. Old Dominion (2/8) ... Tallied a career-high 28 points vs. VCU (2/1), scoring the most points for a W&M freshman since 2005 and the sixth-best total in school history ... Was incredibly efficient against the Rams, hitting on 10-of-12 from the floor and 5-of-6 from 3-point range ... Scored 18 points to lead W&M vs. Drexel (1/23) ... Topped the Tribe with 22 points and five rebounds at VCU (1/19) ... Hit 10-of-14 from the free throw line against the Rams ... Led W&M with 19 points and a team-best three assists vs. Delaware (1/7) ... Scored a game-high 23 points, including 15 in the first half, at Mason (1/2), hitting 4-of-6 from 3-point range ... Made first collegiate start at Miami (Ohio) (12/29) and scored 15 points on 6-of-10 form the floor and 2-of-3 from 3-point range ... Scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half at Miami ... Tallied 14 points on 4-of-6 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line vs. Wesley (12/15) ... Scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half in the victory at Liberty (11/20) ... Led W&M with 19 points and four assists off the bench against Liberty (11/14) in Williamsburg ... Keyed a 15-5 Tribe run to end the game with nine points as W&M closed a 13 point deficit to a single point in the final seconds and had a chance to tie at the buzzer against Liberty ... Scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half at Hampton (11/12) and led the Tribe with three assists.

Prep: One of the top scorers in the Washington, D.C. area ... Named Gatorade Maryland State Player of the Year as a senior, becoming the first Tribe signee to ever accomplish the feat ... Selected Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) and Gazette PG County Player of the Year ... Averaged 23.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a senior ... Shot 49 percent from the field (137-of-282), 44 percent from 3-point range (121-of-276) and 84 percent (134-of-159) from the free throw line as a senior ... His senior scoring average, points scored (771) and 3-pointers made per all single-season school records, while his 134 free throws made ranked second ... Named to the 38th Annual Capital Classic All-Star Game and scored 15 points for the Capital All-Stars ... Played for Marty Keithline at Bishop McNamara ... A first-team All-WCAC, Washington Post All-Met and All-Prince George’s County ... Selected as the MVP of the 35th Great Florida Shootout in leading Bishop McNamara to the championship ... Selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the 51st annual Alhambra Catholic Invitational ... Named to the first team all-tournament as well as the event as he set tournament records for points scores in a tournament (78), points scored in a game (43) and most 3-pointers in a game (8) ... Scored a career-high and program record 43 points in his final game for Bishop McNamara in a victory over Bishop Walsh during the Alhambra Invitational ... Finished his career at Bishop McNamara averaging nearly 20 points per game and scoring 1,254 points, which ranks second in school history ... His career points per game average (19.9), 3-point field goal percent (43 percent) and 3-pointers made (161) are all McNamara school record ... A career 52 percent field goal shooter (280-of-549) and an 82 percent (211-of-258) free throw shooter ... As a junior named MVP of the Battle of the Beltway vs. Baltimore and in the DC Sports Fan Top Junior Game ... Averaged 17 points per game as a junior ... Earned honorable mention Washington Post All-Met as well as second-team all-area and All-WCAC as a junior ... Shot 42 percent from 3-point range in 2010 ... Named to a pair of all-tournament teams ... One of the most impressive scorers at the Bishop Gorman Holiday Classic, including a season-best 28 points in a win over Bishop Manogue of Nevada ... Led Bishop McNamara to the prestigious Rock Summer League title in 2010 for the first time since 1994 with 22 points in the championship game against DeMatha ... Named the PGSportsFan’s first annual ‘The Rock’ Finals MVP ... Selected as the Future’s All-Star MVP in the WCAC and Maryland high school junior all-star game ... Played AAU for D.C. Assault under the direction of Renard Phillips and Bruce Shingler ... Helped D.C. Assault finish third in the adidas 64 Tournament and second at the Desert Duel in 2010.

Personal: Volunteered as a tutor in high school in addition to donating his time on behalf of the Special Olympics as well as food and clothing drives for the needy ... His brother, Andre Brooks, played basketball at Bridgeport University ... The son of Wayne and Debra Thornton.


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