Marcus Thornton
Marcus Thornton


Atlanta, Ga.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 235





298 UGA Student-Athletes Named to J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll

298 UGA Student-Athletes Named to J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll


Georgia Holds Annual Student-Athlete Awards Banquet

Georgia Holds Annual Student-Athlete Awards Banquet


Georgia's 88 SEC Academic Honor Roll Recipients Tops in SEC

Georgia's 88 SEC Academic Honor Roll Recipients Tops in SEC


Bulldogs Fall 70-63 to Michigan State in NCAA Tournament

Bulldogs Fall 70-63 to Michigan State in NCAA Tournament


Bulldogs Take on Razorbacks in SEC Semifinals

Bulldogs Take on Razorbacks in SEC Semifinals


Georgia vs. Arkansas

Georgia vs. Arkansas


Georgia vs.South Carolina

Georgia vs.South Carolina


Men's Basketball vs. No. 1 Kentucky (USATSI)

Men's Basketball falls to No. 1 Kentucky, 72-64 ; Credit: USA Today (USATSI)


Men's Basketball vs. Ole Miss (USATSI)

Men's Basketball defeats Ole Miss, 76-72; Credit: USA Today (USATSI)


Basketball vs South Carolina

Basketball vs South Carolina

Career Statistics Get Acrobat Reader

2014-15 Season

• Led the Bulldogs in scoring & rebounding throughout his final season.

• Missed two games (not coincidentally, both UGA losses) after a hard foul in Vandy game Jan. 27 resulted in a concussion. 

• Career-high 24 points in win at Chattanooga marked his first time as a collegian over the 20-point mark.

• Seven of his 10 career double-doubles came in his senior season, lastly in the NCAA Tournament vs. Michigan State.  • In crucial win at Ole Miss, he had 15 points and 7 rebounds in the second half alone, finishing with 18 and 13.

• Scored 46 percent of his career points in just 31 games this season.

• The regular-season finale at Auburn was his 130th career game, a UGA record.

2013-14 Season

• Led the team with three double-doubles in 2014, lastly at South Carolina on Feb. 22.

• Surpassed Donte' Williams as the Bulldogs' top rebounder during the season, thanks to some serious board work in the SEC schedule. Career-high 13 rebounds Jan. 18 vs. Arkansas.

• Career-high 16 points in the NIT first round vs. Vermont included critical 3-point play with 1:34 left.

• Second career double-double Feb. 6 vs. LSU (15 pts., 10 rebs.).

• Twice reached career scoring high in Charleston Classic, first vs. Temple and again with 13 pts. vs. Nebraska. Also played career-high 33 minutes vs. the Huskers.

• Named to the 2014 SEC Community Service Team.

2012-13 Season

• Granted a medical redshirt season after appearing in just nine games in 2012-13. Now a part of the Class of 2015 in the Georgia program.

• Underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 26; was team's top rebounder at time of injury.

• Started seven of the nine games in which he played.

2011-12 Season:

• Started at the `4' position in 18 of the 25 games for which he was healthy.

• Missed 5 games after arthroscopic surgery on right knee. Returned to the court Jan. 18 in Tennessee game and logged 23 minutes.

• Had started in nine of 12 games and was leading the Bulldogs in rebounding at 5.8 boards per game.

• Has new career highs in points, (10 vs. Arkansas) rebounds (10 vs. South Dakota State) and minutes (33 vs. Miss. State) this season.

• Sank two critical free throws in final minute of road win at Southern Cal.

2010-11 Season:

• Played in 32 games and averaged 9.4 minutes as a frontcourt reserve for the Bulldogs.

• Proved to be an effective rebounder and shot blocker in his limited time.

• Average time was slightly higher (10.1 mpg) in SEC play.

• Had several games in which he contributed highly productive play in a short time span.

• Season highlight was likely his 7-point, 9-rebound effort in just 17 minutes of the Bulldogs' win at home over Miss. State.

• Posted similar numbers in Georgia's home win over South Carolina (7 pts, 6 rebs. in just 12 minutes of play).

• Hit the first of two 3-pointers last season as a shot clock buzzer-beater in first-half action at home vs. Kentucky.

• Also joined the scoring parade with six points (+ four rebounds) in Georgia's 98-76 win at Ole Miss.

• Twice played a season-high 18 minutes, first against High Point and three weeks later at Vanderbilt.

• Fifth among all Bulldogs in blocks with 19.

• Missed the LSU game (home finale) because of complications related to a staph infection on his right elbow.

High School:

• Named "Mr. Basketball" in Georgia for 2010 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

• As a senior he averaged 23.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game for Westlake, which reached the state championship game in Class 5A, Georgia's largest classification.

• 2010 marked the Lions' third state Final Four berth in the four years Thornton played in the program.

• First-team All-America selection to the ESPN Rise All-America team.

• Fourth-team All-America selection by Parade magazine.

• Named Georgia Athletic Coaches Association 2010 Class AAAAA North Player of the Year.

• Winner of Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2009 Slam Dunk Championship.

• Ranked the 26th-best power forward in the nation by Rivals.com, 34th-best by Scout.com.

• Originally signed in the fall of 2009 with Clemson but was granted a release from his letter-of-intent by the school the following spring.


Full Name: Marcus Jelani Thornton

Birthdate/Birthplace: Aug. 12, 1992 / Atlanta, Ga.

Parents: Billy and Meril Thornton

Academic Major: Graduate program in Sport Management. Earned bachelor's degree in Real Estate.

Nickname: Red, Deuce

Favorite TV Show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Websites I most often visit: espn.com, worldstarhiphop.com

Favorite Beverage: Sweet Tea

Favorite Video Game: NBA 2K12

Most Challenging Academic Subject: Accounting

Non-Basketball Interests and Hobbies: Listening to music, chilling

My role models away from sports: My parents

Adjectives that I would use to describe myself: Laid back, friendly, grounded

How my teammates would describe me: Pretty boy, goofy

Teammate that makes me laugh the hardest: Vincent Williams

Non-Athletic Accomplishment I'm proudest of: National Honor Society, HOPE scholarship

Athletic Accomplishment I'm proudest of: 2010 Mr. Basketball in Georgia, Every team championship since the age of 6

I Chose to Wear No. 2 because: It's the number I wore in high school.

When I was young and playing basketball, I used to pretend I was: Michael Jordan

What drives me to excel in basketball: The competition and the feeling of winning.

The thing I like most about being part of this team: Being able to represent my home state

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