Reports: USC point guard Thornton to transfer

Point guard Derryck Thornton Jr., who transferred from Duke after his freshman season in 2015-16, plans to leave the Southern California program as a graduate transfer, according to multiple reports Friday.

Sources told ESPN that he is expected to enter his name into the transfer portal and will be eligible to suit up in the 2019-20 season.

Thornton, who turns 22 on May 30, is a southern California native from Woodland Hills, who played the past two seasons for Trojans head coach Andy Enfield after the former five-star recruit began his college career under Mike Krzyzewski.

Thornton averaged a respectable 7.1 points in 26 minutes per game in his sole season at Duke, which had five eventual NBA players on its roster at the time.

But Thornton returned to Los Angeles at USC, where after sitting out a year he came off the bench in his first season for the Trojans before handling starting point guard duties in 2018-19. Last season he averaged a career-best 7.7 points and 1.2 steals as well as a team-high 4.3 assists on 38.2-percent shooting.

USC finished 16-17 last season and missed the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.

--Field Level Media