IU basketball recruiting: Hoosiers offer class of 2022 point guard Bruce Thornton

Point guard projects to be a position of high importance in the class of 2022 for Indiana, and Archie Miller may have identified his priority target at that position.

IU offered Milton, Georgia, based point guard Bruce Thornton on Friday.

Thornton reported the offer on his Twitter page.

“He’s really excited.  He understands the history of Indiana basketball,” Milton High School head coach Allen Whitehart told The Daily Hoosier.

Thornton is a big, physical incoming junior that is able to use his strength at a young age to impose his will.

At 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, Thornton plays a tenacious, gritty style guarding the ball that IU head coach Archie Miller covets.  On the offensive end Thornton uses a downhill, attacking approach and uses his stout frame to create space and break down defenses.

An Atlanta Journal Constitution first team all-state selection for Milton High School, 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.  He was also a first team selection for the 2019-2020 MaxPreps Sophomore All-American Team.

Thornton described his style in a recent interview with a national recruiting site.

“I’m a pass-first point guard, I’m trying to get my teammates involved, then get myself involved, I just want to win,” Thornton told 247Sports.

A 4-star recruit, Thornton is a top-30 player nationally according to the 247Sports Composite and the No. 7 2022 point guard according to that same service.  Rivals recently ranked Thornton No. 19 nationally in his class.

Thornton has several high major offers including Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Miami, Purdue Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Xavier.

It is worth noting that both of Thornton’s parents went to Georgia according to several reports.

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