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Who’s the best grad transfer or JUCO still available?

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I find it hard to believe that there's not top juco or grad transfers still available as we head into the summer.

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On 5/12/2019 at 11:59 AM, TexasTiger said:

Now that Tucker is gone?

https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/auburn-football/report-auburn-in-the-mix-for-graduate-transfer-guard-from-usc/

USC grad transfer G Derryck Thornton

 

 

 

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16 minutes ago, auburnphan said:

Saw him when he was a true freshmen at Duke. He reclassified early to go to Duke. Could not shoot then but was a decent slasher but his best skill was def his on ball pressure defense. No idea how he progressed as a player at USC though.

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ByBRANDON MARCELLO 
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Auburn is apparently still on the recruiting trail looking for a graduate transfer to help with its depth in the backcourt.

Southern Cal graduate transfer Derryck Thornton, a former Duke player, is looking at five schools as potential landing spots for next season, reports Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com. Auburn is among those schools, according to the report.

Auburn recently missed on UALR graduate transfer Rayjon Tucker, who chose Memphis over Auburn, Kansas and Iowa State on Saturday.

Thornton averaged 7.7 points and 4.3 assists per game last season at USC, but was replaced in the starting lineup by freshman Elijah Weaver after starting in 27 games and average a career-worst two turnovers per game. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound guard was a bench player during the 2017-18 season, and averaged 3.8 point and 1.2 assists.

He transferred from Duke, where he started 20 games and averaged 71. points and 2.6 assists in one season, and sat out the 2016-17 season at USC due to NCAA transfer rules. Thornton was rated the nation's No. 3 point guard as a 5-star prospect in the 2015 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Thornton was expected to visit Boston College on Monday before also traveling to visit St. John's and Gonzaga. Rothstein reported Auburn and Texas Tech are "also in the mix."

Auburn is attempting to add depth to a backcourt that loses its top two scorers in point guard Jared Harper and shooting guard Bryce Brown, the school's all-time leader in made 3-pointers (second in SEC history). Harper declared for the NBA Draft following the Tigers' run to the Final Four, and the junior told Auburn247 he does not plan to return to Auburn before the May 29 deadline to withdraw from consideration in the NBA Draft.

Auburn plans to utilize J'Von McCormick, the backup from last season, and freshman Tyrell "Turbo" Jones as the point guard spot next season, though those plans could change with Thornton. It's not clear if Thornton could change into more of a shooting guard in the upcoming season, wherever he lands.

Thornton connects on 41.2 percent of his shots inside the arc and 31 percent on 3-pointers.

Auburn's pursuit of Tucker was an attempt to replace Brown at shooting guard, where the UALR player hit 41 percent of his 3-pointers last season and was seen as potentially the best graduate transfer on the recruiting circuit.

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Boy, seems like quite a dropoff from Tucker at least from a statistical standpoint. Of course stats don't tell the whole story and he wasn't at a mid-major like Tucker

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18 hours ago, GwillMac6 said:

Saw him when he was a true freshmen at Duke. He reclassified early to go to Duke. Could not shoot then but was a decent slasher but his best skill was def his on ball pressure defense. No idea how he progressed as a player at USC though.

If he's truly a skilled defender then I say bring him on.  We're gonna be playing a slightly different style ball next year (imo) and will need to lean on our defense even more than we had to last season. 

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8 hours ago, Tiger said:

Boy, seems like quite a dropoff from Tucker at least from a statistical standpoint. Of course stats don't tell the whole story and he wasn't at a mid-major like Tucker

Nope.  Would’ve taken Tucker or Christian Keeling all day.  

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