Sindarius Thornwell has done the impossible. No not lead South Carolina to the Final Four, but receive universal praise from just about everybody.
The South Carolina star led the Gamecocks in scoring once again, as he finished with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals in the Gamecocks 77-70 win over Florida. The win will send South Carolina to its first Final Four in school history.
And afterward, just about everyone had something nice to say about the South Carolina star.
Fresh off a 26-pt game, Sindarius Thornwell just cut a piece off the net ahead of school's first Final Four trip. pic.twitter.com/99QJarO30W
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) March 26, 2017
Sindarius Thornwell's 103 pts are the 6th-most an SEC player has scored in an NCAA Tournament. He's 27 away from Corliss Williamson's record pic.twitter.com/gHfdowu59r
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 26, 2017
— March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV) March 26, 2017
Frank_MartinSC tenacious Gamecocks 2nd half D was super Sindarius Thornwell STAR of STARS would not let @GamecockMBB lose
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 26, 2017
I want Sindarius Thornwell and Darius Rucker to be bffs. https://t.co/u29Ib1zSeY
— Lauren Shute (@LShute13) March 26, 2017
My NBA comparison for Sindarius Thornwell: Manu Ginobili. Crafty getting to the hoop, good passer/rebounder/scorer. Relentlessly aggressive
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) March 26, 2017
After the loss, Florida head coach Mike White called Thornwell the most underappreciated player in the country. But given the attention he’s about to get, that likely may not be the case anymore. Earlier in the week, Dick Vitale said Thronwell had pretty clearly displayed he was the MVP of the conference. But after getting South Carolina to a final, Thornwell is making a real case to be the MVP of college basketball.
Thornwell was named the SEC Player of the Year, but some still felt that Malik Monk likely deserved that honor. But Thornwell was just behind Monk in points per game and averaged just over seven rebounds per game.
Needless to say, America is about to give Sindarius Thornwell the respect and attetnion the South Carolina star has deserved all season.
The Gamecocks will head to Phoenix and take on Gonzaga in the Final Four. Like the Gamecocks, Gonzaga will be appearing in their first Final Four. And they better have an answer for Thornwell. If not, the Gamecocks may be cutting down the nets in Phoenix too.