However, as well as they played over the past four games during the NCAA Tournament, their success might not do much for their standing on NBA draft boards. That’s according to Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning.
"You can't get too wrapped up in that." – Steve Kerr says don't overestimate NCAA Tournament games for NBA Draft prospects
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) March 28, 2017
Thornwell is one of the top seniors in the draft class. Other seniors include Jaron Blossomgame (Clemson), Monte Morris (Iowa State) and Wesley Iwundu (Kansas State).
Dozier must decide if he wants to join them. A sophomore, he can declare for the draft and still return for his junior year after participating in the NBA combine, as long as he doesn’t sign with an agent. Dozier also can declare and sign with an agent, guaranteeing that he won’t return to school.
Some online drafts analysts consider Dozier to be the better prospect of the two Gamecocks guards.
According to nbadraft.net, Dozier will be drafted with the second pick in the second round (32nd overall) by the Los Angeles Lakers. The site has Thornwell going to the Boston Celtics a few slots later as the 38th overall pick.
At pick No. 49, the Milwaukee Bucks take Thornwell in the latest mock draft from draftexpress.com. Thornwell’s profile on the site includes a quick scouting report from Jonathan Givony of The Vertical.
“While he’s not the quickest or most explosive player around, and isn’t someone you want creating a great deal of offense going one on one from behind the 3-point line, he has excellent ball-handling skills and finds ways to create space with strength, aggressiveness, change of speeds and polished footwork.”
Dozier, according to the cbssports.com list, is the No. 40 overall 2017 draft prospect. Thornwell is several spots back at 64, which would leave him undrafted if NBA brass hold the same opinion.
Thornwell, Dozier and the Gamecocks are preparing for their Final Four game against Gonzaga. Game time is 6:09 p.m. ET Saturday in Glendale. TV: CBS. The winner faces either Oregon or North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament championship game on Monday.