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Marcus Thornton
SELECTED BY: Heat Round 2 (13)
traded to Hornets
SI Rank
5
Position: Class:
Senior
School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6'4", 205

BIOGRAPHY: If his two strong seasons at LSU weren't enough, Thornton grabbed more attention in his first and only NCAA tournament appearance with performances that could propel the projected shooting guard toward a first-round selection. The SEC player of the year scored 30 points against Butler and 25 versus eventual national champion North Carolina while shooting 54.1 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from 3-point range. Thornton finished 21st on the school's career scoring list with 1,347 points and was the 10th player in LSU history to reach 1,000 in two seasons after coming back to his native Baton Rouge from Kilgore (Texas) College. He averaged 20.4 points in his time with the Tigers while shooting 38.2 percent from 3-point range and also grabbed 5.5 rebounds per game. With 21.6 points per game in conference play, Thornton finished second behind Kentucky's Jodie Meeks, and his 21.1-point overall average made him the first Tigers player in 13 seasons to top the 20-point mark. Thornton will likely play a reserve role initially in the NBA, giving a team a spark off the bench. While slightly undersized for a shooting guard, he has showed ability to drive to the basket as well as set up on the perimeter. In his two seasons at LSU, Thornton got to the free-throw line 315 times - 200 as a senior. He displayed better distribution skills in 2008-09 with his assist-to-turnover ratio improving from 0.62 as a junior to 1.17 last season.

2008 Statistics
PPG FG% RPG APG FT%
21.1 47.2 5.5 2.1 74.5
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