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Sindarius Thornwell couldn't leave Columbia without winning a few more awards.

Men’s and women’s hoops steal the show at Gamecock Gala

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The annual Gamecock Gala took place at Colonial Life Arena on Monday, with the men’s and women’s basketball teams predictably stealing the show.

The national champion women’s team had players named New Student-Athlete of the Year (Tyasha Harris) and Athlete of the Year (A’ja Wilson). All-America forward Sindarius Thornwell was named Athlete of the Year for men’s sports.

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Jake Bentley was recognized as one of the New Student-Athletes of the Year at the Gamecock Gala on Monday. (Hale McGranahan/SEC Country)

Beyond the hardwood, South Carolina’s football team earned a few awards as well — with QB Jake Bentley recognized as a New Student-Athlete of the Year and K Elliott Fry winning the Gamecock Inspiration Award.

Bentley and WR Deebo Samuel were named football’s co-MVPs.

More from the gala

Chelsea Drennan of the women’s soccer team took home the Gamecock Gala’s most prestigious honor, the President’s Award.

From Gamecocks Online:

Following an outstanding senior campaign, she earned NSCAA Second-Team All-America honors and was tabbed an NSCAA First-Team Scholar All-American, in addition to earning SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades for the fourth straight year. This Gamecock is a standout not only on the field and in the classroom, but also in the community, volunteering for organizations such as Meals on Wheels and Harvest Hope Food Bank during her Carolina career.

PJ Dozier makes it official

PJ Dozier will sign with an agent to solidify his entry in the 2017 NBA Draft, according to a report from Yahoo Sports,

RELATED: South Carolina’s PJ Dozier will sign with an agent, stick with NBA draft decision

Signing with an agent will remove Dozier’s option to return to South Carolina for the 2017-18 basketball season. The 6-foot-6 guard is projected as a second-round pick and should be able to provide NBA-level defense out of the gate while working on developing his offensive game, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

‘You have been nothing short of amazing’

With the announcement that he officially will enter the draft, Dozier posted a sincere thank you to South Carolina fans on Instagram on Tuesday …

God has blessed me with so many opportunities and continues to do so! I've always been taught to capitalize on every opportunity! With the support of my family and Coaching Staff, I'm excited to continue to pursue my dreams and will be entering the 2017 NBA Draft and signing with an agent. I cannot express in words how much I appreciate everyone who has supported me thus far in my playing career. About two years ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life; to stay home and play for one of the greatest institutions with the best fans in the nation! I am so grateful for Coach Frank and my teammates for these last two years and for helping to set me up for future success on the next level. I wouldn't have wanted to make history and share the Final Four experience with another group of individuals who I will forever consider family! Gamecock Nation you have been nothing short of amazing. You all put the "LIFE" in the Colonial Life Arena! I can't wait to continue to represent my program and University throughout my professional career. ????#ForevertoThee #Blessed&HighlyFavored #MTCoM #Grateful

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Sindarius Thornwell on PJ Dozier’s decision

Thornwell chimed in on teammate PJ Dozier’s NBA draft decision …

RELATED: Gamecocks’ PJ Dozier has Sindarius Thornwell’s support in NBA draft decision

“It was tough on him, but I think he made the best decision for him and his family,” Thornwell said at the annual Gamecock Gala. “I support him. He’s still my brother no matter what. I will support him the whole way through.”

 The reigning SEC Player of the Year hopes to join Dozier as a pick in the upcoming draft.

Replacing PJ Dozier

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Kory Holden could be South Carolina’s next starting point guard. (Hale McGranahan/SEC Country)

Now that the Gamecocks point guard officially has moved on, it’s time to start looking at replacements.

Obviously, rising sophomore PG Rakym Felder sticks out, but incoming freshman David Beatty and Delaware transfer Kory Holden should push for playing time as well …

RELATED: What’s next for South Carolina basketball with PJ Dozier gone

“Holden will have all eyes on him from now until the season starts, however,” Mike Wilson wrote. “The Delaware transfer scored 17.7 points per game and hit 38.8 percent from 3-point range in his final season as a Blue Hen and has 2 years remaining to play at South Carolina.”

Baseball searches for answers

After dropping their third consecutive game, the Gamecocks held a special players-only meeting on Saturday night.

RELATED: Players meeting provides spark for South Carolina baseball

“We just got together and figured some things out and, obviously, it worked,” shortstop Madison Stokes said. “We are going to try and bounce back from Friday and Saturday and move forward from there.”

The results, at least in the short term, were positive. South Carolina rallied to drop Mississippi State, 6-1, in the series finale on Sunday.

The Gamecocks host Davidson on Tuesday for a 1-game break from conference play, before heading to Gainesville on Thursday for a 3-game set against the Gators.

Jordan Montgomery gets the ‘W’

After a strong showing in his big league debut last week, former South Carolina pitcher Jordan Montgomery recorded his first major league win on Monday.