Sindarius Thornwell finally is an All-American.
The South Carolina senior guard was named an All-American on Thursday by CBS Sports, which waited until the Final Four to name its All-America teams.
“Any media outlet that did All-America teams before this NCAA Tournament began was at risk of omitting the best player on a Final Four team who is averaging 25.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in this three-week event,” CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish wrote.
Thornwell was named the SEC player of the year this season by conference coaches after averaging 21.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He went wild in the tournament on an even bigger scale, scoring 25.8 points per game and grabbing 7.5 rebounds per game in four games.
“Thornwell has been great all season and otherworldly the past two weeks,” Parrish wrote. “He’s taken South Carolina to a place no player had ever previously taken South Carolina — and he’s done it by being relentless on both ends of the court. Just a great college player who probably also has an NBA future.”
Thornwell and the Gamecocks face No. 1-seeded Gonzaga in the Final Four at 6:09 p.m. ET Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.