Northern Illinois offered JUCO point guard

Photo credits to Joliet Herald-News

Northern Illinois is giving Iowa Western Community College point guard Kaleb Thornton an opportunity to play in front of his friends & family.

The Bolingbrook, Illinois, product announced an offer from the staff via Twitter.

“I’m extremely excited,” he said. “You know, to get the opportunity extended to me to play back at home? It meant a lot.”

Northern Illinois is a program that is appealing to Thornton. Head coach Mark Montgomery led the Huskies to first in the Mac West and 18 wins last season.

It’s home for Thornton and he’s got a good relationship with the staff.

“I like coach Monty a lot. He’s honest and driven to get a MAC chip,” Thornton explained. “Coach [Brandon] Watkins is a former Big Ten player and knows the game well. So I like them a lot.”

Thornton averaged 10.8 points, 3.4 assist and 3.2 rebounds per game. He’s a point guard that can do a lot on the floor and coaches are consistent with their praise of his game.

“I think [coaches] like my ability to change games with my playing, creating for others, as well as, myself when need be,” he said. “And, my drive on defense to never let anyone get an upper hand on me.”

Thornton isn’t too close to a decision but he isn’t far off either. I don’t expect it will be much longer before he commits, and neither does he. A definite date just hasn’t been planned.

“I definitely don’t want to wait too long with all this madness going on,” he said. “I’m going to think everything over and hopefully make a decision in the coming two, three weeks or so. Maybe earlier.”

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