There are a number of prospects hovering just below the radar ready to emerge this spring. Dwight Thorne, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound combo guard from Martin High School in Arlington, Texas, is one of these prospects. High-major interest is already simmering, and it just might come to a boil if Thorne continues to play well for the Dallas Showtime this spring.
"Im getting a lot of interest from Colorado, Colorado State, Texas A&M, Rice, SMU, Texas-Arlington, Texas Tech, Nebraska and TCU," said Thorne. "My AAU coach Ervin Davis told me that Florida State, Georgetown and Miami asked about me after our first AAU tournament."
During the high school season, a handful of schools checked on Thorne as well. Colorado State, Rice, SMU, Texas-Arlington, Texas Tech and TCU all attended either a game or practice this season.
While schools are evaluating Thorne this spring, he will go through his own evaluation process, judging which schools are truly serious about him and where he would fit in best as a student and an athlete.
"I'm still wide open," he said. "I should know more after the summer once I get a chance to see who is serious about recruiting me. I'm going to try to make a list in April.
"I'm looking for a good education and the best situation for me to play. I just want to feel comfortable wherever I'm at. Of course you'd like to stay close to home so your family can see you play, but when it comes down to it, I'll go wherever I feel comfortable."
Thorne, who averaged 15 points and 4 assists this season, is on a strict regimen to improve his game.
"I need to continue to work on my ball handling and shooting," he said. "After school I stay and lift weights and shoot on the shooting machine. I also try to put in 30 minutes a day on my ball handling."
Coach Ervin Davis of the Dallas Showtime is confident that his point guard has the ability to be successful at the next level.
"I think Dwight will do really well at the next level," said Davis. "He can play both guard positions. Dwight is a smart player and always maximizes his shot attempts. He's a great kid that comes from a great family. I expect Dwight to have a real good summer and a strong senior year."
Note that Thorne does have family ties with Texas A&M with his first cousin being starting point guard AC Law.