South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the NBA draft (No. 48 overall) on Thursday night.
However, Shams Charania was first to report that Thornwell would be moved in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Sources: Clippers are acquiring Sindarius Thornwell from Milwaukee with the No. 48 overall pick in the NBA Draft.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 23, 2017
Clippers buy two picks, No. 39 Juwan Evans and No. 48 Sindarius Thornwell. Both can make the roster and be good… https://t.co/Gmnq9qfQvy
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 23, 2017
Thornwell, the SEC Player of the Year, led South Carolina with 21.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. The league’s coaches also voted him to the All-Defensive team.
“Just a very, very, very tough defender. He’s going to go into a man’s league in the NBA and he’s man enough to handle it,” ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said, after Thornwell was drafted.
“He’s absolutely a man among boys at the college level and did an amazing job in the NCAA Tournament, to take South Carolina all the way to the Final Four for the first time ever.”
Among all-time Gamecocks, Thornwell is third in scoring (1,941 points), first in games started (132), tied for fourth in games played (132), third in free throws (570) and fourth in steals (199).
A 4-star recruit out of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, Thornwell is originally from Lancaster, S.C. According to the 247Sports composite, Thornwell was ranked as the No. 32 overall prospect in the Class of 2013.