WILLIAMSBURG, Va (WAVY) – William and Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton is the best player for the Tribe this season, but that’s not by accident. “He’s very much a gym-rat,” said Tribe head coach Tony Shaver, “He spends more time in this building (Kaplan Arena), then anyone I’ve seen.”
Thornton’s jump shot won’t exactly go down in the basketball “Perfect Form” book any time soon. As he elevates, his back slightly arches, his hips twist, and without fail, his foot will kick out before landing…and it’s worked without fail.
“My favorite player is Kobe Bryant,” said Thornton, who averages over 19 points a game in the Colonial Athletic Association, “(Kobe) kind of has a leg kick. So, I kind of just adapted it to my game.
“Whatever you work on, as long as it goes in, people stop giving you a hard time about it, I guess.”
Thornton’s 83 made three pointers leads the CAA this season. He’s been named the conference player of the week twice this year, and a total of five times over his career.
Thornton is expected to be a first-team All-CAA selection, and if so, he’ll just be the third player in Tribe history to do so. “He’s improved and grown as much as any player I’ve coached in my 37 years,” said Shaver, “…and he’s worked harder than any player I’ve ever coached.”