Sunday, May 2, 2010
ACC, SEC Schools Battle It Out For Georgia's Mr. Basketball
As basketball recruiting for 2010 winds down, most of the top prospects have made their college choices for next season.
One top recruit still unsigned is Marcus Thornton, the state of Georgia's Mr. Basketball.
The former Clemson signee opened his recruitment back up after Oliver Purnell left for Depaul and has met with coaches from Alabama, Texas, Michigan, Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and the new man in Tiger Town Brad Brownell.
Thornton visited Tuscaloosa this weekend meeting with head coach Anthony Grant as well as Tide football coach Nick Saban. The Atlanta product said he liked the visit, but did not name a leader yet. He plans to still visit Texas, Kentucky, Georgia, and Georgia Tech in the coming weeks.
The Tide likely have an uphill battle in signing Thornton with two in state schools and John Calipari vying for his services.
Thornton could still go back with Clemson. If he signed with the Tigers solely for Oliver Purnell, then why wouldn't he try to follow him to Depaul?
Kentucky and Calipari's appeal is widespread as seen by another top recruiting class already signed in Lexington. But did the Wildcats get into the mix too late mostly ignoring Thornton for other recruits early on?
Thornton has been very tight lipped about who his favorite is and specifics on what coaches have been telling him.
Georgia's Mark Fox and Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt have both made in home visits with Thornton and his family and will likely see the forward on their campuses soon.
Both programs could use a player like Thornton; Fox to build upon a good core of players returning to get to the NCAA Tournament; and Hewitt to rebuild his front court after two early departures and get back to the Tournament again this season.
My guess is that Thornton trims his list to Clemson, Georgia, and Georgia Tech in the coming weeks.
Where do you think Marcus Thornton ends up?
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