Tyler Thornton

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Tyler Thornton
Tyler Thornton.jpg
Yakima SunKings
PositionPoint guard
Personal information
Born (1992-04-05) April 5, 1992 (age 26)
Silver Spring, Maryland
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolGonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
CollegeDuke (2010–2014)
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–presentYakima SunKings

Tyler Damascus Thornton (born April 5, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Yakima SunKings of the North American Premier Basketball. Thornton was one of the top rated high school point guards in the class of 2010, as rated by Rivals.com. On September 13, 2008, Thornton committed to Duke.

High school[edit]

Thornton attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. where he averaged 14.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.1 steals per game as a senior while maintaining a GPA over 3.3. He also lettered four times, twice named team MVP. He holds the schoolrecord for career wins. Thornton was named MVP of the Gonzaga D.C. Classic and the Hoopball Classic. Tyler made the all-tournament teams at the Iolani Classic and Alhambra Invitational. In his senior year he was named to two all-conference teams and the Gonzaga Coaches award in 2008. Named D.C. Sports Fan Freshman of the Year and Gonzaga Mr. Assist award in his first season on varsity. He also played AAU basketball on the D.C. Assault with his Duke Blue Devil teammate Josh Hairston.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Tyler Thornton
Washington, D.C. Gonzaga College High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sep 13, 2008 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 92

College career[edit]

Thornton committed to Duke University on September 13, 2008, over Georgetown, North Carolina State, Texas, and Virginia.[1] He was known by many fans to be a hardworking player.


  • Washington D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year (2010)
  • House of Hoops Male Basketball Athlete of the Year in Washington (2010)
  • Holds ACIT record for most steals in a tournament
  • First team All-Conference times in high school
  • Three Time Team MVP
  • MVP of the Gonzaga D.C. Classic and the Hoophall Classic in (2010)
  • Most wins in Gonzaga College High School History
  • D.C. Freshmen of the Year (2006)
  • Gonzaga Coaches Award
  • Gonzaga Mr. Assist Award
  • MVP of the 15-under Adidas Super 64 (2007) and of the 16-under division (2008)


  1. ^ Tyler Thornton (2010-03-18). "Basketball Recruiting - Tyler Thornton - Player Profiles - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17.