GLENDALE, Ariz. — Sindarius Thornwell took a day off and is back practicing with South Carolina basketball.
Thornwell, a senior guard and Gamecocks centerpiece, returned to University of Phoenix Stadium outside Phoenix on Friday after taking Thursday off, while battling what coach Frank Martin called “a body temperature.”
“Just headaches, fever. Stuff like that,” Thornwell said Friday. “I’m fine now. Everything is normal.”
Thornwell averaged 25.8 points and 7.5 rebounds through four NCAA Tournament games, leading the Gamecocks all the way to a Final Four berth. South Carolina will face Gonzaga at 6:09 p.m. ET Saturday for a spot in the national title game.
Now, Thornwell is back and getting ready for the game to held try and take the Gamecocks to another historic level.
“Me and the doctors talked about it and it was good for it to happen on Wednesday and we could get it over with to have me back practicing by Friday,” Thornwell said. “Everything was going smoothly. I’m fine now. Everything worked out. I’m just happy to be here with my teammates practicing and getting ready for the game.”
Saturday’s winner between South Carolina and Gonzaga will face either North Carolina or Oregon for the 2017 NCAA Tournament championship. The title game will be played Monday night.