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USC adds former Duke transfer Derryck Thornton

NCAA Basketball Tournament - West Regional - Duke v Oregon

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24: Derryck Thornton #12 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the first half while taking on the Oregon Ducks in the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament West Regional at the Honda Center on March 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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USC added a key piece to its future on Friday afternoon as former Duke point guard Derryck Thornton will transfer to the Trojans, a source confirmed to Thornton’s transfer was first reported by’s Josh Gershon.

A former five-star prospect who entered college a year early in order to help the Blue Devils last season, Thornton saw his role fade as the season went along. Thornton averaged 7.1 points and 2.6 assists per game as a freshman while shooting 39 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range.

While the 6-foot-2 Thornton was perhaps over-recruited thanks to Duke’s ridiculous Class of 2016, he’ll be a nice fit at USC as he’ll sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer regulations before having three more years of eligibility.