Personal: Born Aug. 3, 1994, he is the son of Regina and Scotty Thurman. His father is currently the Razorback men's basketball Director of Student-Athlete Development and lettered in basketball at Arkansas from 1993-95. His mother also attended Arkansas and was a member of the spirit squad. Thurman's uncle, Corliss Williamson, lettered in basketball at Arkansas from 1993-95 and went on to a 13-year NBA career with four different teams. His cousin, Keith Jackson, was an NFL tight end playing for three teams from 1988-96.
High School: Thurman came to Arkansas fresh off a 7A state championship with Fayetteville. In his senior season, he helped the Bulldogs to a 12-2 mark, including a 29-28 defeat of Bentonville in the state title game that avenged a loss in the championship game from the year before. In 2011, Fayetteville scored an average of 38.9 points per game, topping 30 points in 11 games, more than 40 points in nine games and scoring at least 50 points twice. During his junior year, Fayetteville produced a 10-4 overall mark and advanced to the state championship game while averaging 39.4 points per game. During that 2010 season, Fayetteville scored more than 30 points 11 times, topped 40 points eight times and eclipsed 50 points in two games. Thurman was coached at Fayetteville by Darryl Patton.