The Marquette Golden Eagles have added former Duke point guard Tyler Thornton to the coaching staff.
Head coach Steve Wojciechowski announced the move via Twitter:
— Steve Wojciechowski (@steve_wojo) July 25, 2014
Thornton was a captain for the 2013-14 Blue Devils and started 25 games for Duke, which finished 26-9 but was upset by Mercer in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
And, of course, he played four years under Wojciechowski, who was an assistant coach at Duke for 15 years before taking the Marquette job this spring.
He averaged 3.1 points, 2.4 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 21.3 minutes per game for the Blue Devils, shooting .427/.450/.857.
For his four-year career, Thornton averaged 3.1 points, 1.9 assists, 1.7 rebounds and one steal in 18.6 minutes, shooting .406/.385/.777.
It’s not clear what role Thornton will play on the coaching staff, but Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Michael Hunt speculated that he would be a graduate assistant.
Thornton was the Washington D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior at Gonzaga High School and was a four-year starter for Gonzaga teams that won at least 20 games each season.
He scored his career-high of 13 points twice, once as a sophomore and again as a junior.
He had 13 points in a win over Virginia Tech in the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and hit that mark again in a win over Georgia State in November 2012.
Thornton had double-digit assists once in his career, notching 10 helpers in a win over Delaware in December 2012.