COLLEGE: SOUTH CAROLINA
WEIGHT: 215 POUNDS
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE FIRST TO EARLY SECOND ROUND
PLAYER SUMMARY: Leading the way during South Carolina’s epic run to this year’s Final 4 was Sindarius Thornwell. Thornwell had been a very good player during his college career, however, he really made a name for himself nationally during march madness.
Thornwell is one of the toughest college players in the country. He had to play nearly all 40 minutes of each NCAA tournament game and was faced with every opposing defensive coverage that you can think of. And he excelled, which has put his name on the map of potential NBA draftees.
At 6’5″, he has the size, length and strength that is necessary to play in the NBA. He already has an NBA ready body. The senior has an advanced offensive game. He can drive, hit the mid-range jumper, hit the 3, and can even post-up smaller defenders.
Thornwell has been a very good collegiate rebounder. We are impressed with his basketball IQ. He knows what to do and always seems to be around the ball on both ends of the floor. He is the type of player who is willing to take the big shots and isn’t afraid of failure.
In college, Thornwell saw time at the PG position, as he is a very good ball-handler with solid vision. The ball was in his hands a high percentage each game. However, NBA scouts believe he doesn’t have the necessary speed/agility to play PG in the NBA. We believe that he can if it is in spurts.
Thornwell is not an elite athlete. He won’t blow anyone away with his athletic ability. His assist to turnover ratio isn’t that terrific. However, part of that can be pointed to the fact that he was asked to do everything this past year for South Carolina.
While not the athlete as some other guards in this draft, he is a really good and physical defender. He is adept at getting into passing lanes for steals and can take a good player out of his rhythm. His physicality will help him in the NBA and help off-set his lack of big-time athleticism.
Sindarius Thornwell stuffed the stat sheets this past season. He got the national attention that he deserved during the NCAA tournament. It remains to be seen how well he will do when the ball isn’t in his hands at the next level. Is he a SG or a combo guard?
Thornwell is looking like a 2nd round pick in what is going to be a terrific 2017 NBA Draft in terms of overall talent. As he keeps improving, we eventually see Sindarius Thornwell as a potential “3 and D” player in the NBA, perhaps even more than that in a few years. His ability to do multiple things well can make him a valuable asset to an NBA team’s rotation.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF SINDARIUS THORNWELL
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