IU basketball recruiting: Class of 2022 top-40 point guard Bruce Thornton includes Hoosiers in final 5

Point guard is a position of need in the class of 2022 for Indiana, and the Hoosiers are in a good spot with one of their primary targets

Georgia based top-40 guard Bruce Thornton cut his list down to five programs on Sunday.

Thornton made the announcement on his Twitter page.

Joining Indiana in the final five were Big Ten programs Purdue and Ohio State, along with Georgia and Alabama from the SEC.

Thornton’s parents both attended Georgia, but his high school coach told The Daily Hoosier that won’t play a big role in his recruitment.

“They’re (Georgia) recruiting him, but it’s going to come down to his relationship with the head coach,” Allen Whitehart told The Daily Hoosier in June.  “His mom will say ‘Georgia is where I went to play. He’s going to go where he wants to play.’ She is originally from Colorado.

“Where his parents played is going to have no impact on where he goes to school.”

Thornton told 247Sports’ national reporter Travis Branham that he appreciates Indiana’s early interest and consistency in the process.

“They offered me when I was rising up and they see something in me,” Thornton told 247Sports.  “Coach Mike Roberts, the assistant coach, has been consistent since day one and he has been letting me know that they need me at the school so I can turn the program around.”

An Atlanta Journal Constitution first team all-state selection for Milton High School in Alpharetta, Thornton averaged 23 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game to lead the Eagles to the GHSA Class AAAAAAA state semifinals as a sophomore.

Thornton shot 37 percent from long range as a sophomore.

The 6-foot-2 and 195 Thornton plays an aggressive, physical style on both ends of the floor.  He is a capable scorer at all three levels and takes the defensive end serious.

Thornton told 247Sports that he intends to make a final decision next summer.

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