COLUMBIA, S.C. — PJ Dozier has Sindarius Thornwell firmly in his corner as he heads for the NBA and ends his South Carolina career.
Dozier opted to sign with an agent and give up his final two seasons at South Carolina, he confirmed on Monday.
“It was tough on him, but I think he made the best decision for him and his family,” Thornwell said at the annual Gamecock Gala. “I support him. He’s still my brother no matter what. I will support him the whole way through.”
Dozier initially decided not to sign with an agent, announced that he would enter the NBA Draft, but keep the door open on returning to South Carolina.
Thornwell said he and fellow outgoing senior Duane Notice had been offering advice to Dozier through the past couple weeks about the NBA.
“I talked to him and me and Duane tried to just tell him to try to wait on signing with an agent until after the combine,” Thornwell said. “But I feel like he made the decision that was best for him. At the end of the day, the decision is on what is best for him and not anybody else.”
The Gamecocks and coach Frank Martin now are replacing three of their top four scorers, with only forward Chris Silva returning among the top four last season.
Thornwell isn’t fretting though, instead pointing to what South Carolina accomplished this season after major roster turnover last offseason.
“It is going to be tough, but coach will figure it out,” Thornwell said. “Same with last year when Mike (Carrera) and everybody left. Everybody had questions on where the scoring was going to come from, where the bigs were going to come from and all that stuff. We found a way. Coaches found a way and he will find a way.”