After getting upset in last year’s Division 2 National Championship game by Kirkwood 83-76, Guard Dante Thorpe made up his mind to use that loss as motivation for every workout. Last year, Thorpe helped lead Triton do a 34-3 record while averaging 11.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. He showed his efficiency shooting 58.1% from the field and 45.7% from 3. Thorpe said “I definitely stayed in the gym the whole summer working on my ball handling, shooting, and doing a lot of conditioning, defensive drills.”
At 6’4, Thorpe (Washington, DC) can really shoot the ball at high level. He can create his own show as well as create for others. He lets the game come to him and makes good decisions with the ball in his hands. He is very active defender and can guard multiple positions on perimeter. He is a great teammate and does the all the little things to help his team win. Head Coach Steve Christiansen said this about Thorpe “His God-given instincts make him very easy to coach and the way in which he handles his business makes him even easier to respect.”
At 12-1 and currently #5 in the latest poll, Triton is on track to make another run to the National Tournament. Thorpe is doing everything he can to help his team by averaging 20.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 3.3 steals while shooting 59.8% from the field and 48.6% from 3.
JucoRecruiting.com talked with Thorpe about his current offers and interests, what he is looking for in a program, and his plans for any visits. Thorpe listed Green Bay as his only current offer and listed the following schools that contact him on a regular basis: UTEP, Southern Illinois, Eastern Illinois, NC Central, Milwaukee, Portland State, Valparaiso, Nicholls State, Wright State, and Quinnipiac. When asked about what he is looking for in a program, Thorpe said “I’d like to be a key piece on a NCAA caliber team, play for a coach that allows for some player freedom on the floor, and is committed to establishing a culture of hard working guys.” When asked about any visits, he said “I plan on taking my visits after the season. It gives me the opportunity to focus on my goal for the season (National Championship) and I will have more free time to take visits and make a decision after the season.”
Because of his size, ability to score and create, expect Thorpe’s offers and recruitment to increase as the season continues. You can see Thorpe and the rest of the Triton College Trojans tonight at home against Kishwaukee College and after Christmas at home against Prairie State on December 30th.