Ohio State Guard Bruce Thornton Makes Big Ten All-Tournament Team

By Griffin Strom on March 12, 2023 at 6:49 pm
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Bruce Thornton earned an honor for his stellar play in Chicago on Sunday.

The Ohio State freshman guard was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team alongside Purdue's Zach Edey, Indiana's Tryace Jackson-Davis and Penn State's Jalen Pickett and Seth Lundy. Thornton was the lone freshman to make the cut, and just the 10th freshman to ever earn a spot on a Big Ten All-Tournament team.

Thornton averaged 15.5 and points and 4.3 assists per game in four appearances as he led 13th-seeded Ohio State to three wins and a spot in the tournament semifinals against top-seeded Purdue. The Buckeyes became the lowest seed to ever reach the semifinal round of the tournament.

Thornton led Ohio State in scoring with 17 points in Thursday's upset win over fifth-seed Iowa, and did so again the next day with 21 points in a 10-point win over fourth-seed Michigan State.

Thornton was the only Buckeye to start in all 35 games for Ohio State in 2022-23, and he led the Buckeyes with an average of 2.6 assists and was third on the team in total points, with 371 (10.6 per game).

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