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#5 Marcus Thornton
Position: Guard
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Class: Senior
Experience: 2 Letters
City/State: Baton Rouge, La.
High School: Tara HS
Other College: Kilgore College
Marcus Thornton Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 04/14/2009

2009 Coaches, AP All-SEC First Team
2009 Coaches, AP All-SEC Player of the Year
2009 USBWA District VII Player of the Year
2009 USBWA All-District VII
2009 NABC First Team All-District 21
2009 Wooden Award National Ballot
2009 Rivals.com Second Team All-American
2009 Louisiana Player of the Year
2009 All-Louisiana First Team
2008 Coaches All-SEC Team
2008 AP All-SEC Second Team
2008 All-Louisiana First Team; Newcomer of the Year
SEC Player of the Week, Jan. 27, March 2, 2009
ESPN National Player of the Week, March 2, 2009
NABC, USBWA All-District First Team
USBWA All-District Player of the Year
Wooden Award Finalist
2009 SEC Player of the Year, First-Team All-SEC

SENIOR SEASON (2008-09)
Consensus SEC Player of the Year as he again showed his ability to score from long range, but under first-year head coach Trent Johnson became a more complete player with his ability to drive to the bucket and score and draw free throws and his ability this year to be able to defend ... Averaged 21.1 points for the season, the first player at LSU since Ronnie Henderson in 1996 to average over 20 points in a season ... He also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game ... He was second in the league in scoring in both overall and SEC games (22.7 ppg) ... Had two bit second halves to swing games LSU’s way ... In the second half of the Mississippi State game (1/21), Thornton had a 3:40 stretch where he would score 16 of his 31 points to allow LSU to take control of the game ... In the game that gave LSU the outright conference title at Kentucky (2/28), Thornton scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half and had 15 points with two assists, including the game-winning pass in the final nine-plus minutes to help LSU rally from a 10-point deficit ... Scored 30 points in the NCAA Tournament first round game against Butler (3/19) hitting 10-of-15 field goals with four assists and three steals ... Hit 10 field goals and five treys in 25 points against North Carolina (3/21) ... Back-to-back 30-point games against Mississippi State (1/21) and Xavier (1/24), first time anyone has posted back-to-back 30-point games since 1995 ... Against Arkansas (1/31) became the 38th player in LSU history to go over 1,000 career points and just the 10th to do it under two years of play at LSU ... Finished the year with a career long 19 consecutive games in double figures ... Seven 30-point games this season, 10 for career ... 37 games of 20 or more ... Double doubles against McNeese (12/22 15 pts-11 reb) and Mississippi State (2/11 19 pts-10 reb.) to give him six for his LSU career ... Finished eighth all-time in season points with 739 and seventh in season three-pointers with 75 ... Finishes at LSU 21st in all-time scoring with 1,347 points ... 20.4 career average is sixth best at LSU ... Eighth in career three-point makes with 168 ... Finished eighth in career percentage at 38.2 percent.

JUNIOR SEASON (2007-08)
Finished with 90 treys, the second-most for a single season in LSU history ... Second in the SEC in scoring, third in free throw percentage .. Leader in scoring in the 16-game league season at 21.6 ppg ... 27 games in double figures, including 17 of 20 or more ... Hit for 38 twice, at Auburn in team’s first SEC win (1/30), hitting 14-of-23 field goals and eight treys ... Also hit for 38 in the regular-season finale at Mississippi State, making 13-of-27 field goals, including six treys ... Three games over 30, including 36 in win at home over Georgia (3/2) ... Posted what was then the single biggest SEC-vs.-SEC scoring game (38) in almost 13 years at Auburn (1/30) ... Five or more treys in a game five times ... Hit three-pointer that forced overtime and was ESPN’s No. 2 play of the day in OT loss against Arizona State at Maui (11/21) ... Four double-doubles: 18 pts-12 reb vs. Arizona State (11/21); 15 pts-13 reb., at Villanova (12/6); 12 pts-11 reb., at Wichita State (12/19); 36 pts-10 reb., vs. Georgia (3/2) ... 13 times was perfect at the free throw line .. Played just four minutes off the bench at Arkansas (2/20), suffering from a hip flexor in the only game he didn’t start in his career ... Prior to the season was the leading scorer on the three-game Canadian Tour, averaging 26 points a game.

PRIOR TO LSU
Played at Kilgore College for two seasons, graduating in the summer of 2007, after playing high school ball at Tara High in Baton Rouge ... Was named a first-team All-American junior college player in 2007 ... He was also awarded MVP honors for Region XIV after averaging 27 points and 6.5 rebounds, hitting 74 three-pointers ... He was named MVP of the NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association Classic, scoring 19 points for the Texas All-Stars vs. The National All-Stars.

PERSONAL
Born in Baton Rouge on June 5, 1987 ... Right-handed ... Parents are Nancy West and Lloyd Woods ... Two brothers, one younger, Jonathan, and one older, Beanie ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies ... Favorite food is cornbread dressing ... Favorite professional athlete is Joe Johnson and favorite pro team is the Phoenix Suns ... Biggest influence in coming to LSU was “being at home and playing in front of my family.”

Top Performances

Points
Season: 33, vs. SE Louisiana, 1/3/09
Career: 38, twice

Rebounds
Season: 11, vs. McNeese, 12/22/08
Career: 13, at Villanova, 12/6/07

Field Goals Made
Season: 13, vs. Troy, 11/30/08
Career: 14, at Auburn, 1/30/08

3 PT FG Made
Season: 6, vs. Florida, 2/24/09
Career: 8, at Auburn, 1/30/08

Free Throws Made
Season: 12, vs. Auburn, 2/21/09
Career; 12, vs. Auburn, 2/21/09

Assists
Season: 5, twice
Career: 5, three times

Blocks
Season: 2, vs. CS Fullerton, 12/2/08
Career: 2, twice

Steals
Season: 7, at Arkansas, 2/18/09
Career: 7, at Arkansas, 2/18/09

Minutes
Season: 40, at Arkansas, 2/18/09
Career: 40, four times

Top Career Scoring Games
1. 38 At Mississippi State, 3/8/08
1. 38 At Auburn, 1/30/08
3. 36 vs. Georgia, 3/2/08
4. 33 vs. SE Louisiana, 1/3/09
5. 32 vs. Troy, 11/30/08
5. 32 vs. Florida, 2/24/09
7. 31 vs. Miss. State, 1/21/09
8. 30 vs. Butler (NCAAT), 3/19/09
8. 30 At Georgia, 2/4/09
8. 30 vs. Xavier, 1/19/09

 

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