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#3 Tyler Thornton
Position: Guard
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190
Year: Junior
City/State: Washington, D.C.
High School: Gonzaga
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Tyler Thornton Bio
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Updated: 10/01/2013
Career
  • A team captain for the 2013-14 season ... will be looked upon to help anchor the backcourt
  • A vocal and emotional leader for the Blue Devils ... has the ability to spark Duke and ignite the crowd in a variety of ways
  • A hard-nosed player who applies constant ball pressure with solid footwork and strength ... pesky nature on defense rattles opposing ball handlers into turnovers and bad shots
  • A strong ball handler and passer ... has committed more than two turnovers just 15 times in 104 career games
  • Willing to dive on the floor, take charges and dig out rebounds against bigger opponents in the paint
  • Has shown the ability to impact the game as a reliable lead guard as a starter or coming off the bench
  • Displays a knack for sparking the Blue Devils with timely shooting and key defensive stops
  • Has steadily improved his conditioning, quickness and shooting stroke
  • Averaging 3.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 104 career games (28 starts) ... has 181 assists, with a 1.9:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, and 93 steals
  • A crafty defender that uses his strength and active hands to harass opposing guards
  • Active in the community with the Read with the Blue Devils program and the Duke Children’s Hospital ... also began working the SONS (Students Of New Success) program, which was created to both educate and mentor at-risk males at CC Spaulding Elementary School the fall of 2012

2012-13
  • Named to the Allstate NABC Good Hands Team
  • One of 10 finalists for the Sports Illustrated College Athlete of the Year ... the award celebrates one female and one male collegiate student-athlete who have demonstrated excellent performance on the field and in the classroom, sportsmanship and commitment to community
  • Appeared in all 36 contests with six starts ... averaged 3.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game ... his 1.3 steals per contest ranked 10th in the ACC ... ranked second on the squad in steals with 46 ... also second on the team in assists (79)
  • Had two or more steals 17 times overall ... dished three or more assists on 10 occasions
  • Shot .392 (31-of-79) from three-point range and .406 (41-of-101) from the floor ... also sank 68.0 percent of his free throws (17-of-25)
  • Totaled seven points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field against top-seeded Louisville in the NCAA Elite Eight (3/31) ... also added two rebounds and an assist
  • Sank two three-pointers to total eight points against Creighton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (3/24) ... also pulled down six rebounds in the win
  • Totaled five points, four rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal against Maryland in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals (3/15)
  • Hit two three-pointers and dished five steals without committing a turnover in 30 minutes of action at Virginia Tech (2/21)
  • Nabbed a season-high four steals against Maryland (2/16), with three coming in the final 10 minutes of the second half
  • Hit three treys to lead Duke past North Carolina (2/13) ... also grabbed four rebounds, including two on the offensive end
  • Turned in his second double-figure scoring performance of the season and fifth of his career in a win over Davidson (1/2) ... scored 10 points while playing 24 turnover-free minutes ... hit 2-of-3 attempts from three-point range
  • Scored eight points and registered four assists to help Duke defeat Elon (12/20) ... shot 3-of-4 from the floor and 2-of-3 from three-point range in the win ... extended his turnover-free streak to 64:39 over a three-game span before committing a turnover with 5:45 remaining in the second half
  • Played 18 turnover-free minutes against Temple (12/8) ... contributed two assists and three points in the win
  • Earned his third start of the season in an 88-50 victory over Delaware (12/1) ... recorded three points and a career-high 10 assists in the contest ... became the first Blue Devil since Nolan Smith (3/13/11) to register 10 or more assists in a game
  • Dished three assists and snatched two steals to help Duke defeat No. 2 Louisville (11/24) for the Battle 4 Atlantis title ... also pulled down one rebound and hit one trey in the win
  • Grabbed three steals in a win over Minnesota (11/22) in the Battle 4 Atlantis opener
  • Collected three points, four assists and a rebound against Florida Gulf Coast (11/18)
  • Drew a charge for the second consecutive game in a win over No. 3 Kentucky (11/13) ... had two points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal against the Wildcats
  • Matched a career high with 13 points against Georgia State (11/9) ... added four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the win ... went 3-of-6 from three-point range versus the Panthers

2011-12
  • Played in 34 games with 19 starts ... started Duke’s final 13 games of the season, averaging 25.6 minutes per game during that stretch
  • Averaged 4.1 points and 2.0 assists per game ... logged a 2.01:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, which was the highest of any Duke player who averaged more than 12 minutes played per game
  • Scored in double figures three times, including a career-high 13-point outburst against Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament (3/9)
  • Shot .351 (27-of-77) from three-point range and .379 (39-of-103) from the floor ... also hit 75.0 percent (33-of-44) of his free throws
  • Logged 31 steals with four three-steal games ... had three steals in three of Duke’s final nine games
  • Did not commit a turnover in 13 games ... had one turnover or less in 24 games ... did not commit more than three turnovers in a game all season
  • Posted seven points, a career-high seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in 33 minutes against Lehigh in the NCAA Tournament (3/16)
  • Scored a career-high 13 points in the ACC Tournament quarterfinal game versus Virginia Tech ... attempted a career-high 16 field goals, including 13 attempts from beyond the three-point line ... hit three three-pointers in the win while also carding three steals
  • Scored seven points with two assists and shot 4-of-4 at the free throw line at Wake Forest (2/28)
  • Hit a crucial three-pointer in the 85-84 win at North Carolina, sinking his long-range jumper with 2:09 remaining to cut a 10-point deficit to 82-75 (2/8)
  • Played 29 minutes against Maryland, contributing seven points and two assists ... went 5-of-5 from the free throw line (1/25)
  • Dished out a career-high eight assists against Wake Forest ... six of his assists led to three-pointers by teammate Andre Dawkins (1/19)
  • Scored 12 points against Western Michigan, all of which came from a perfect 4-for-4 shooting performance from the three-point line (12/30)
  • Did not commit a single turnover in 28 minutes against Colorado State ... matched a career high with four assists against the Rams (12/7)
  • Hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:10 remaining against Kansas in the Maui Invitational Championship game ... followed with another three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining to put the game away (11/23)
  • Gave Duke a spark off the bench against Belmont, contributing 10 points, three steals and two assists...hit all three shots from the floor (11/11)
  • Had his best scoring stretch of the season over Duke’s final six games, averaging 7.0 points per game
  • Hit seven consecutive three-pointers from 12/30 to 1/7 ... hit all four three-pointers against Western Michigan (12/30)


2010-11

  • Played in 34 games with three starts ... averaged 1.6 points, 0.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game
  • Posted a .448 field goal percentage (13-of-29) and .839 free throw percentage (26-of-31) ... made 16 consecutive free throw attempts to close the season
  • Had a 1.5:1 assist-to-turnover ratio
  • Finished third on the team with seven charges drawn
  • Registered two points and two assists against Hampton (3/18) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament
  • Was 2-of-2 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line for six points against No. 24 Temple (2/23)
  • Finished with six points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals against Georgia Tech (2/20)
  • Converted all six of his free throw attempts in the final minute at Miami (2/13) for a season-high six points
  • Earned his first career start at Maryland (2/2) and finished with three points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals
  • Played 22 minutes against Wake Forest (1/22) and had one point, one rebound, two assists and one steal
  • Made a three-point field goal and was 2-of-2 from the foul line for five points at N.C. State (1/19) ... also had two rebounds, one assist and one steal in the game
  • Came off the bench to spark an 11-0 run with Duke trailing 38-32 in the second half against Maryland (1/9) ... recorded a career-high four steals to go along with two points in the contest
  • Recorded three assists, one point and one steal in six minutes against UAB (1/5)
  • Had four assists and two points at UNC Greensboro (12/29)
  • Made all four of his free throw attempts for four points against Elon (12/20)
  • Tallied four assists with zero turnovers in 14 minutes against Saint Louis (12/11)
  • Scored five points and grabbed two rebounds against Colgate (11/19)
  • Dished out two assists against Miami [Ohio] (11/16) in the CBE Classic
  • Made his collegiate debut against Princeton (11/14) in the first round of the CBE Classic with two points, two assists and two steals in nine minutes off the bench.


High School

  • Four-year letterwinner at Gonzaga under head coach Stephen Turner ... two-time team MVP
  • Only player in school history to play on teams that won 20 or more games in all four years on varsity ... holds the Gonzaga record for career wins
  • Played in the Capital City Classic ... finished with four points, three assists and one steal in a 117-108 win
  • Honored as the Washington D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year in 2010 ... named the House of Hoops Male Basketball Athlete of the Year for the Washington Metropolitan area
  • Led the Eagles to three straight Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament titles ... holds the ACIT record for most steals
  • Averaged 14.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game and shot over 80 percent from the foul line as a senior
  • Earned first team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and All-MET honors ... also named team MVP after leading Gonzaga to a 28-7 record
  • Named the MVP of the Gonzaga D.C. Classic and the Hoophall Classic in 2010 ... also named to the all-tournament team at the Iolani Classic and Alhambra Invitational
  • Had 18 points and four assists in a win over Mater Dei in the finals of the Gonzaga D.C. Classic
  • Scored a season-best 26 points in a 74-50 win over Bishop Ireton ... also had a 25-point game in a 69-56 win over St. Mary’s Ryken
  • Earned team MVP honors after averaging 14.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a junior
  • Led the Eagles to a 29-5 record while earning first team All-WCAC and All-MET selections in 2009 ... also named to the all-tournament team of the Gonzaga D.C. Classic
  • Helped Gonzaga to a 34-1 record and WCAC and city titles as a sophomore ... averaged 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game for the season
  • Earned third team All-WCAC honors and the Gonzaga Coaches Award in 2008
  • Claimed D.C. Sports Fan Freshman of the Year accolades after posting 8.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a freshman
  • Named second team All-WCAC ... first team all-tournament team selection at the Frank Spencer Invitational
  • Won the Gonzaga Mr. Assist Award winner as a freshman
  • Played AAU basketball on D.C. Assault with Blue Devil teammate Josh Hairston ... helped the team to championships at the Adidas Super 64 in 2007 and 2008
  • Named MVP of the 15-under Adidas Super 64 in 2007 and of the 16-under division in 2008


Personal

  • Born Tyler Damascus Thornton on April 5, 1992 in Silver Spring, Md.
  • Son of Damascus and Real Thornton
  • Father, Damascus, is an auditor while mother, Real, is an operations manager
  • Maintained over a 3.3 GPA throughout his high school career
  • Active in the Washington, D.C. community tutoring at elementary schools and serving meals to the homeless through the Gonzaga College High School’s Campus Kitchen Project and McKenna’s Wagon
  • Also volunteered as a basketball instructor at a clinic for intellectually challenged adults
  • Favorite athlete is Deion Sanders

 

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