Has started at the `4' position in 18 of the 25 games for which he's been 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.
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.
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: Pre-Business/Finance
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