Former William & Mary guard Marcus Thornton will have his Tribe legacy officially honored on Feb. 15, when the program will hold a ceremony to raise to the rafters and retire his No. 3 jersey the school announced Friday.
The ceremony for the program’s all-time leading scorer and 2014-15 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American will be held at halftime of William & Mary’s game against Delaware at Kaplan Arena.
“Feb. 15 is going to be a memorable day at Kaplan Arena as we honor Marcus by adding his No. 3 to its rightful place in W&M lore,” Athletic Director Samantha Huge said. “We look forward to Tribe fans joining us as we honor a Tribe basketball icon.”
Thornton’s No. 3 jersey will be the sixth in the rafters at Kaplan Arena, joining Keith Cieplicki’s No. 14, Bill Chambers’ No. 32, Chet Giermak’s No. 32, John Lowenhaupt’s No. 42 and Jeff Cohen’s No. 52.
During his four-year career with the Tribe spanning from 2011-2015, Thornton broke several program records. He leads William & Mary’s program in scoring (2,178 points), made 3-pointers (325), games played (127), minutes played (4,328), minutes per game (34.1) and made threes per game (2.55).
Thornton was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year during his senior season, when he averaged 20 points per game. He was the first Tribe player to garner that honor in program history.
After that year, the Boston Celtics selected Thornton in the second round of the NBA Draft with the 45th pick.
Since being drafted, Thornton has spent time on summer league teams for the Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder, and played in the NBA G-League. His career has included international stops in Australia, Italy, China, Turkey and South Korea. He currently plays professionally in the France Jeep Elite A League with Elan Chalon.
“I’m excited and looking forward to returning to William & Mary to celebrate this great moment with those who have helped along the way — family, friends and, of course, the Tribe family,” Thornton said in the press release.
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