A Quick Update on ‘10 Forward Marcus Thornton

Dylan Burkhardt
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IMG_1411MarcusThornton[1]Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution posted an update on Georgia Mr. Basketball Marcus Thornton’s recruitment this afternoon.

Thornton recently removed Florida from his list and is still considering Georgia Tech, UGA, Clemson, Alabama, Kentucky, Texas, and Michigan.

John Beilein is expected to make his in-home visit tonight with Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt making a visit tomorrow:

“We want to get through one round of meeting everybody before making any decisions,” the elder Thornton said. “We have two more meetings with colleges (including Michigan coach John Beilein on Tuesday night), and then we’ll sit down as a family and discuss everything.”

Thornton has met with Mark Fox, Rick Barnes, John Calipari, Anthony Grant, and Brad Brownell over the last week. Michigan appears to be the long shot here as location has been stressed as an important factor for Thornton. Regardless of the odds, an in-home visit is an in-home visit and it seems that Thornton will give each coach their chance to impress.

  • MaizeNBlueJ

    Good stuff, Dylan. You're right, an in-home is and in-home, and it at least gives us a shot. I'm not holding my breath, but I will keep my fingers crossed for good news.

  • MaizeNBlueJ

    Good stuff, Dylan. You're right, an in-home is and in-home, and it at least gives us a shot. I'm not holding my breath, but I will keep my fingers crossed for good news.

  • tex

    any word on sykes

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan

    Doesn't seem to be any movement there yet.

  • gpsimms

    is it possible beilein is making sykes wait til things clear up with other (preferable to Beilein) choices?

  • Brian W

    Thanks for the update, Dylan. Great to hear about Beilein's visit.

    ESPN.com says that Cody Larson wraps up his official visit today. No mention of Michigan, but it speculates that he could commit to Florida on Wednesday. I've hated Florida's football team for a while, but have been indifferent about their basketball program. If U-M loses Prather and Larson to Florida, I'll change my tune.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/track

    The Kalamzoo Gazette says that WMU's Bacari Alexander is a finalist for the U-M assistant coach job.

    http://www.mlive.com/broncos/index.ssf/2010/04/

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan

    Brian W killing it with the links as always.

    Yeah… I don't see Larson ending up, not sure that Beilein even made an in-home. The Big Ten thing is a major sticking point I'm sure.

    Seems pretty foolish because there's no rule that says Thornton can't sign with an SEC school or anything like that…

  • dirtgrain

    Good on Beilein. Go big or go home.

  • Brian W

    I don't think Iowa's athletic director was helping much by saying that he didn't want Larson and the other kid that left the team (can't remember his name at the moment) to compete against Iowa. He released the players from their letters of intents, but I don't think he is doing anything to assist Larson's appeal to the Big Ten on the LOI rule. There's some kids who are leaving Big East schools (Rutgers and St. John's), but are stuck in the same predicament as Larson but with Big East schools.

  • Billiam

    I think the Larson thing is BS, but a rule is a rule. Also, I still see us being alright in recruiting anyways. Imagine Thornton (I still doubt he'll come here) or Sykes. We're still helped out either way. I'm just looking forward to a good few years down the road.

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan

    Interesting. I understand the rule with transfers but think it's a bit unfair with an LOI and coaching change. The kids haven't even set foot on campus yet.

  • oldstyle

    I might s%$ my pants if he committed…….and it would be glorious.

  • MusketRebellion

    Michigan isn't THAT far of a drive from Georgia.

  • MusketRebellion

    Michigan isn't THAT far of a drive from Georgia.