The Stephen Curry Under Armor SC30 is a camp that combines the best high school point guards and puts them through rigorous training with elite trainers and the sharp shooting Curry himself. PGU was in attendance and caught up with 2016 Derryck Thornton, a 6-2 lead guard from Findlay Prep, in Henderson, NV.
For many young basketball players, the chance to work with an NBA All-Star like Curry could leave them starstruck. But Thornton was more focused on the instruction he was getting.
“We’ve done a lot of drills, Steph is really hands on so he’s leading us and breaking everything down for us,” he said.
“Learning from all these great basketball minds, it’s a great experience,” he added. “I love everything about it. It’s a really good opportunity to get better.”
The collection of talent at the camp is fierce, featuring some of the most elite point guard prospects from the entire country. That’s an atmosphere Thornton enjoyed.
“It’s fun, I like to go at everybody,” he said, “I don’t care who you are or what your name is. So it’s fun to be here with all these talented players.”
With most of the focus on basketball, Thornton still had time to bond with some of his campmates. But he made it clear that he was there to hoop over everything else.
“I made some friends off the court, but on the court there’s no friends,” he said.
When asked about his style of play and what makes him a special player, Thornton gave an incredibly humble response. Despite his immense talent, he chose to talk about the team game and the ultimate goal of winning.
“I’m just a winner, I love to win so I play hard every time I come out here,” he said. “I just want to win basketball games.”
Of the schools recruiting him the hardest, Thornton mentioned Kentucky, Michigan, Florida, UConn, Cal, USC, and Arizona.
What will Thornton be looking for in a college?
“Great coaching staff, that’s the main thing,” he said. “Style of play is important too, and of course you go to a university for education so that’s a part of it too.”
As an intelligent person and player, we were interested if Thornton gave any thought to what he might do with his life after basketball.
“I think I would be interested in coaching, but I’m not sure, I’m so focused on basketball right now,” he said. “I would love to get involved in entertainment after basketball.”
But he doesn’t really need to worry about that right now, as his basketball future appears to be very bright.