From a Las Vegas high schools to Virginia Tech to TCU to the NBA, Hank Thorns continues to pursue the dream. That dream: playing professionally in the world’s premier basketball league, commonly referred to as the NBA.
Former TCU point guard, Hank Thorns is in vet camp currently with the Las Angeles Clippers.
As one of just a handful of players who will fight for a spot on the Clippers active roster, Thorns has now advanced farther than any TCU basketball player since Kurt Thomas and Lee Nailon who played with the 76ers and Hornets.
With 17 NBA seasons now under his belt, former TCU power forward Thomas may finally have a player to pass to whom he can pass off the torch.
Thorns ranks sixth all-time in assists at TCU despite playing just two seasons for the Frogs. In assists per game, Thorns ranks third in TCU history, throwing 5.7 dimes per contest.
Thorns 225 assists in the 2010-2011 season ranks as the third most in a single season ever at TCU. That season, Thorns averaged seven assists per game.
Passing is not all Thorns can do, however. His 74 three-pointers made in the 2011-2012 season comprised the 10th best three-point shooting season in TCU history.
The Vegas native played best when his team needed him most. In February against nationally ranked UNLV, Thorns connected on 8 triples which was the second most ever made in a single game by a Frog.
However, Thorns’ contributions were not limited to on-the-court. Thorns’ also helped to bring stability back to a TCU program that was all-too-often prone to attrition. His leadership and competitiveness led the Frogs to an 18 win campaign in 2011-2012.
Such intangibles would be of value to any NBA franchise. No one can teach leadership or coach competitiveness which makes Thorns an attractive asset to the Clippers franchise.
NBA training camp opens in early October with a savvy point guard from Valley High School seeking to become the first Frog to play in the NBA since Kurt Thomas.