Derryck Thornton to transfer out of Duke


Freshman guard Derryck Thornton will transfer out of Duke University, school officials announced Sunday. Thornton will depart Duke in good academic standing and is expected to transfer to another Division I institution.

“We wish Derryck the best and appreciate his contributions to our team this season,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We support his decision and want only what is best for him in the future.”

A native of Chatsworth, California, Thornton averaged 7.1 points and 2.6 assists in 36 games for Duke during the 2015-16 season.

“I have loved my time at Duke, but I want to pursue the opportunity to play college basketball closer to home,” Thornton said. “I want to thank my teammates and coaches for their support this year. The relationships I have with them will always be special to me.”

Duke finished the season with a 25-11 record, including an 11-7 mark in the ACC. The Blue Devils made their 21st consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 25th time in program history.