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Atlanta-Based Trainer Goes On Rant About Duke's Coaches Regarding Derryck Thornton Transfer

Derryck Thornton, the five-star freshman point guard who transferred from Duke today, wasn't supposed to play college basketball this past season. He was supposed to be a high school senior. The former 2016 recruit re-classified into the 2015 class after committing to the Blue Devils after being convinced by Coach K that it was the right move. 

So, it's understandable that there is being some criticism (whether it's warranted is up to you) thrown at Duke's program now that Thornton is transferring (even though it appears it was 100 percent his decision; he wasn't "forced out" like some are saying). 

Some of that criticism is coming from Mark Edwards, an Atlanta-based trainer who calls Thornton his "nephew" (it's unclear if he's blood-related). Edwards says he was in the office when Duke's coaches "begged" Thornton to skip his senior year of high school, as the Blue Devils needed a point guard for the 2015-16 season. 

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Coach K and Thornton released statements about the transfer earlier today. You can read them here.