Kellen Thornton
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Kellen Thornton

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Country Club Hills, Ill.

High School:
Hillcrest

Last College:
Brewster Academy

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 230

Position:
Forward

Experience:
2L

Biography and Career Highlights

2009-10: Played in 32 games and earned his first collegiate start at Drake (Jan. 17) • Fired in 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting at Creighton (Feb. 13) • Tossed in eight first-half points at Dayton (March 17) in the NIT and finished with eight points on 4-for-6 shooting • Perfect from the floor at Utah (Dec. 19) with a 3-for-3 effort on field goals, including 2-for-2 on threes • Scored in double-figures against Niagara (Dec. 13) with 10 points • Tossed in a career-best 12 points at SIU Edwardsville (Nov. 15) and added a career-best three blocked shots and seven rebounds in 12 minutes of action • Posted his first career double-double against Norfolk State (Nov. 27) with 11 points and a career-best 14 rebounds.

2008-09: Played in 24 games, all as a reserve • Saw the most action of the Redbird freshmen • Posted the best game of his season in the NIT game at Kansas State (March 18) finishing with six points and five rebounds, including four offensive, in 12 minutes of action • Logged one minute of playing time at the 2009 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament and scored two points • Played 25 total minutes at the SMU Tipoff Classic and finished with four points and eight rebounds • Made his first collegiate field goal against Houston Baptist (Nov. 22) • Scored his first collegiate points with a pair of free throws against Alabama State (Nov. 21).

Brewster Academy: Averaged 9.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on a team that featured seven NCAA Division I recruits • The Bobcats claimed the 2008 New England Class A Championship and advanced to the National Final Four, finishing with a school-record 31 victories (31-4) • Scored a season-best 23 points against Worcester Academy (Dec. 5, 2007) • Coached by Jason Smith.

Hillcrest High School: 2007 McDonald's All-America nominee • As a senior, averaged 14 points and nine rebounds per game • Rated No. 28 in Illinois' Class of 2007 by Chicagohoops.com • Selected to play in the 2007 McLegend's All-Star Game • Participated in the 2007 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) All-Star Game • 2007 all-state selection • Two-time All-South Suburban Conference selection • Two-time Daily Southtown All-Area honoree • 2007 Star Herald All-Area selection • Team's MVP in 2007 • Named the Daily Southtown's Player of the Week (Jan. 28, 2007) • Coached by Don Houston.

Personal: Full Name: Kellen A. Thornton • Birthdate: Dec. 24, 1988 • Birthplace: Chicago • Father: Keith Thornton • Major: accounting.

Honors and Awards

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Points
15 at SIU Edwardsville, 11-15-09

Rebounds
14 vs. Norfolk State, 11-27-09

Minutes
26 vs. Norfolk State, 11-27-09

Field Goals
5, three times

Field Goals Attempts
8, twice

3-Point Field Goals
2, three times

3-Point FGs Attempts
5, twice

Free Throws
6 at SIU Edwardsville, 11-15-09

Free Throws Attempts
7 at Kansas State, 3-18-09

Assists
2 vs. Bradley, 1-30-10

Steals
3 vs. Morehead State, 2-20-10

Blocked Shots
3 at SIU Edwardsville, 11-15-09