South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell had an incredible run through the NCAA Tournament, scoring the fourth-most points in a tournament for an SEC player.
Now, Thornwell is seeing his name rise up the NBA Draft boards, with NBADraft.net having the SEC player of the year as the No. 32 pick — the second pick of the second round. DraftExpress has Thornwell as the No. 48 pick in the draft.
Thornwell was named the first SEC player of the year in South Carolina history after scoring 21.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game during the regular season. After a five-game tear through the NCAA Tournament that saw the Gamecocks reach the first Final Four in program history, Thornwell increased his scoring average to 21.4 points per game. He scored 118 points in the NCAA Tournament.
“Thornwell has capped off a solid college career with a fantastic senior season, leading the nation in Box Plus-Minus, which is an advanced statistic that is taken seriously among the analytics community,” wrote NBADraft.net’s Michael Visenberg. “Simply put, on both ends of the floor, Thornwell has provided a very positive impact. His averages after two tournament games are 26.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 3.5 apg, so he loaded up the stat sheet on offense, while being a leader of a defense that staggered two high scoring opponents.”
Thornwell also was named to the SEC all-defensive team and was named a first-team All-American by CBSSports.