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Gonzaga notebook: USC grad transfer Derryck Thornton sets dates for visit; Brandon Clarke lines up NBA workouts

UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 6:28 p.m.

USC’s Derryck Thornton, left, checks Washington State guard Milan Acquaah during a Dec. 31, 2017, game in Los Angeles. (Kyusung Gong / Associated Press)
USC’s Derryck Thornton, left, checks Washington State guard Milan Acquaah during a Dec. 31, 2017, game in Los Angeles. (Kyusung Gong / Associated Press)

USC graduate transfer Derryck Thornton is expected to visit Gonzaga from May 28-30.

Thornton has visited Boston College and is expected to check out St. John’s next month, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. Auburn and Texas Tech expressed interest in the 6-foot-3, 195-pound point guard from Los Angeles.

Thornton started most of last season for the Trojans, averaging 7.7 points and 4.3 assists. He played two seasons at USC after transferring from Duke.

Clarke lines up NBA workouts

Brandon Clarke met with 15 teams at the NBA draft combine and has a number of workouts lined up in the coming weeks.

Clarke will work out for at least five teams that will select in the lottery (top 14), including No. 6 Phoenix, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 12 Charlotte, No. 13 Miami and No. 14 Boston.

Clarke, who averaged 16.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks as a junior at Gonzaga, was a high school standout in Phoenix.

Clarke didn’t play in scrimmages at the combine, but the athletic forward put up strong testing numbers with one exception. His 40.5-inch max vertical, 34-inch standing leap and 10.6-second lane agility time ranked first or second among forwards.

Clarke, who measured just over 6-8 in shoes and weighed 207 pounds, had a shorter wing span of 6-8.

Norvell scores 26 in two combine scrimmages

Zach Norvell Jr., who averaged 14.9 points as a sophomore at GU, has had mixed results in two combine scrimmages.

He scored eight points on 3-of-9 shooting in 19 minutes Thursday. He had one assist, one steal, one rebound and five turnovers. Norvell posted a team-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 21 minutes Friday. He had two assists and four turnovers.

Norvell ranked at or near the bottom among point and shooting guards in lane agility time, shuttle run, three-quarter court sprint, max vertical and standing vertical.

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