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Marcus Thornton, former Tribe All-American, picked for NBA NBA All-Star Weekend event

Marcus Thornton was recently named to the NBA G League International Challenge. (Courtesy photo/Tribe Athletics)
Marcus Thornton was recently named to the NBA G League International Challenge. (Courtesy photo/Tribe Athletics)

Former William & Mary men’s basketball All-American Marcus Thornton was recently named to the NBA G League International Challenge at the NBA All-Star Weekend.

Including Thornton, a team of 13 NBA G League players will compete against the Mexico National Team on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 4:30 p.m., at the Verizon Up Arena at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The game will be streamed live to fans globally on NBA.com, the NBA App and Twitch and in the United States on the ESPN App. The game will also be televised in Spanish language on Univision Deportes Network in the United States and Puerto Rico and Televisa Deportes Network in Mexico.

Along with competing in the NBA G League International Challenge, Thornton will be on of 14 players taking part in the USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp, Feb. 15-20. The training will be used to select the 12-man team for the USA’s World Cup Qualifying first round, second-window games including Cuba on Feb. 23 and Puerto Rico on Feb. 26 in Santa Cruz, California.

The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Committee and the official, 12-member roster is expected to be announced following the Feb. 20 evening practice.

The USA currently owns a 2-0 record and sits atop of the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying first-round Group C standings after defeating Puerto Rico, 85-78, on Nov. 23 and Mexico, 91-55, on Nov. 26. Puerto Rico (1-1) and Mexico (1-1) currently list tied for second in the Group C standings, while Cuba (0-2) is fourth.

In the third and final first-round window of the World Cup Qualifying, the USA will play two away games, at Mexico on June 28, 2018, and at Cuba on July 1, 2018.

Thornton averages three rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He is averaging 22.9 points per game over the last 20 G League games.

After completion of the first round, the top three finishing teams in each of the four, Americas first-round groups advance to the second round. The three advancing teams from Group A and Group C will form Group E, while the top three finishers from Group B and Group D will form Group F. The three second-round windows of competition will take place Sept. 13-17, 2018; Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2018; and Feb. 21-25, 2019.

Playing for the Canton Charge in 2017-18, Thornton is second in the G League in 3-pointers made with 126. He ranks 27th in the league in scoring at 18.6 points per game and 15th in 3-point percentage at 41.3.

Thornton also averages three rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He is averaging 22.9 points per game over the last 20 G League games. He scored a career-high 35 points vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce on Jan. 20 after tallying 31-point outings in back-to-back days on Dec. 22 vs. South Bay Lakers and Dec. 23 vs. Long Island Nets.

W&M’s all-time leading scorer, Thornton was the 45th pick overall in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Celtics. He became the first Tribe player to be named the CAA Player of the Year after averaging 20 points per game as a senior in 2014-15. He was also selected as an Associated Press All-American after leading the Tribe to its second straight 20-win season in 2015 and the CAA Regular Season Championship.

Thornton established school marks for points (2,178), 3-pointers made (325), games played (127), minutes played (4,328), minutes per game (34.1) and 3-pointers per game (2.55). He was a three-time First Team NABC All-District pick and a three-time All-CAA choice. During his senior season, Thornton was named a finalist for the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year award and the Jerry West Division I Shooting Guard of the Year, presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. During the team’s 2015 awards banquet, it was announced the Thornton’s No. 3 jersey would be retired at a ceremony sometime in the future.

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