Former Bishop McNamara High basketball standout Marcus Thornton has made school history. Thornton, who earned The Prince George’s Sentinel Player of the Year honor in 2011, became the first Bishop McNamara graduate ever selected in the NBA Draft. “Unreal man, wow,” Thornton said via his Twitter account. “Hard work pays off. Thanks for the support.” […]
Former Bishop McNamara High basketball standout Marcus Thornton has made school history.
Thornton, who earned The Prince George’s Sentinel Player of the Year honor in 2011, became the first Bishop McNamara graduate ever selected in the NBA Draft.
“Unreal man, wow,” Thornton said via his Twitter account. “Hard work pays off. Thanks for the support.”
The Boston Celtics selected the 6-foot-4 senior guard from William and Mary in the second round of the draft. He was the 45th overall pick of the draft.
“We are so proud of Marcus for this momentous occasion in his life as well as the history of our own school,” said Bishop McNamara President/CEO Dr. Marco J. Clark, a 1985 graduate of the Forestville private school. “He was an upstanding student and athlete during his time at our school, and we couldn’t be happier for him to take the next step into transitioning into the man we always knew he would be.”
As a senior at Bishop McNamara during the 2010-2011 campaign, Thornton also earned Gatorade’s Maryland Player of the Year honor and was selected the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He averaged 23.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game during his senior campaign.
During a stellar four-year career at William and Mary, Thornton finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer and was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year last season.
“Marcus was a special talent during his time at Bishop McNamara as well as when he went to play in college,” said Bishop McNamara head coach Marty Keithline. “It’s no surprise to me that he was drafted so early on in the night, but I’ve known him for years. Couldn’t be happier for him.”
Meanwhile, former DeMatha and Notre Dame standout Jerian Grant was selected with the 19th overall pick by the Washington Wizards but was later traded to the New York Knicks on draft night.
Grant, a 6-foot-5 guard who earned first-team All-America honors last season, took to social media to thank the coaches who supported him over the years including Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey, DeMatha head coach Mike Jones, Team Takeover’s Keith Stevens and former DeMatha assistant David Adkins who is now a part of the Wizards coaching staff.
“Thank you to the coaches that pushed me, taught me, and believed in me,” Grant tweeted.