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Sindarius Thornwell became the first South Carolina player taken in the NBA draft since 2006 when he was taken No. 48 by the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.

Thornwell to the Clippers, plus 4-star WR set to return to South Carolina

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Sindarius Thornwell drafted by Bucks

Former South Carolina star Sindarius Thornwell became the first Gamecock selected in the NBA draft since Renaldo Balkman in 2006. He was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers shortly afterward.

MORE: Sindarius Thornwell selected 48th by Milwaukee 

Talented WR returning to campus

Four-star WR Matthew Hill will return to South Carolina, according to SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan.

MORE: 4-star WR to return 

“Hill, who’s out of Brookwood High School in Snellville, has long been considered as an Auburn lean,” McGranahan wrote. “However, during a recent interview with SEC Country reporter Ben Wolk, Hill said Alabama and South Carolina are applying heavy interest.”

The Snellville, Ga., native is rated as the No. 29 wide receiver in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

4-star OT feels the love

“[Coach Eric Wolford] really wants me to be there,” 4-star OT Michael Tarquin said of South Carolina’s offensive line coach. “He really wants me there.”

MORE: 4-star OT Michael Tarquin recaps third trip to South Carolina 

Tarquin, rated as the No. 13 offensive tackle in the Class of 2019 per 247Sports, made his third trip to South Carolina earlier this month.

The Belleview, Fla., native has also visited Auburn, Clemson, Michigan and Ohio State.

‘The whole university stood out’

Class of 2019 DE Curtis Fann provided nothing but high marks for South Carolina after his visit last month.

MORE: 2019 DE recaps South Carolina 

“It went great. I got to work with [defensive line] coach [Lance] Thompson and learned a lot,” Fann said. “I like [Thompson] a lot. We are building a good relationship and I think I [would] fit good under him.”

“The dorms were really nice,” the defensive end continued. “But the whole university stood out really. … I enjoyed it.”

Decision dates

McGranahan has a breakdown of upcoming commitment dates for several South Carolina targets, including:

Former Gamecock gets the call

Former South Carolina LHP Tyler Webb was called up to the New York Yankees’ big league roster on Thursday afternoon.

RELATED: Former Gamecocks pitcher Tyler Webb called up to Yankees 

Webb joins former South Carolina teammate Jordan Montgomery on the Yankees’ roster.

Exploring opportunities

Former South Carolina baseball coach Chad Holbrook told The State’s Matt Connolly he’s “going out of state for a couple of days on the weekend and talk about a possibility at another baseball program.”

MORE: Former South Carolina baseball coach Chad Holbrook says he has job interview lined up 

“I’m not in a comfortable spot to tell you where that program is, but I am going to go explore a few opportunities this week,” Holbrook continued.

Back in black

A quick preview of the Gamecocks’ forthcoming promotional shots, featuring a returning Skai Moore(!) …