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Sindarius Thornwell
Sindarius  Thornwell


Lancaster, S.C.

High School:
Oak Hill Academy

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 211





Thornwell Preparing to Step Into Leadership Role


Sindarius Thornwell Named SEC Player of the Week

Sophomore guard leads Gamecocks to two big wins


Thornwell Named Preseason Second Team All-SEC

Sophomore guard is the team's top returning scorer


Gamecock Athletics Holds 2014 Gamecock Gala

Jeannelle Scheper named as President's Award winner at annual event.


Gamecocks Post 72-67 Victory Over No. 17/15 Kentucky

Williams leads Carolina with 24 points in win.


South Carolina 73, Gonzaga 77 (NCAA Final Four)

Photos from South Carolina vs. Gonzaga during the 2017 NCAA Final Four on 4/1/17.


South Carolina vs. Florida

NCAA Tournament: South Carolina vs. Florida


South Carolina vs. Baylor

NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen - March 24, 2017 (USATSI)


South Carolina Sweet 16 Practice

Photos from the men's basketball practice on March 23, 2017 prior to the Sweet 16 game against Baylor.


USATSI Gallery - 2017 NCAA Tournament First Round - No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 10 Marquette

USATSI Gallery - 2017 NCAA Tournament First Round - No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 10 Marquette

Photo Gallery

2016-17 (SENIOR)
Preseason All-SEC First Team (Coaches)
Nov. 28 SEC Player of the Week
Feb. 13 SEC Player of the Week
2017 SEC Player of the Year (Coaches)
(Postseason) First Team All-SEC (Coaches)
(Postseason) All-Defensive Team (Coaches)
(Postseason) Unanimous First Team All-SEC (AP)
USBWA All-District III
Basketball Times Third Team All-American
2017 East Regional Most Outstanding Player
First Team All-American (

  • Averaged career highs in nearly every statistical category, including points (21.4), rebounds (7.1) and steals (2.1) per game, along with field goal percent (44.4) and free throw percent (83.0) during senior season
  • Named the SEC Player of the Year by the league's coaches, led the league in scoring in conference games at 22.1 points per game; also named All-SEC First Team and to the All-Defensive Team by the coaches
  • Following postseason play, averaged an SEC high 21.4 points and 2.1 steals per game
  • He concluded his career in the Garnet and Black third in scoring with 1,941 points, first in games started (132), tied for fourth in games played (132), third in free throws (570), fourth in steals (199), 10th in rebounds (684) and ninth in assists (390)
  • 66 steals during senior season rank tied for seventh all-time in Carolina history for a single season
  • 663 points scored during senior season rank fourth all-time in Carolina history for a single season
  • In five NCAA Tournament contests, he helped fuel Carolina's Final Four run, averaging 23.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while collecting East Region Most Outstanding Player honors along the way.
  • He led or shared the team lead in scoring 22 times, in assists 12 times, in steals 20 times, and he posted 31 double-figure scoring games and 19 20-point outings in 2016-17
  • Scored a team high 21 points in win over No. 25/24 Michigan (Nov. 23), and followed with a 16-point performance in upset win over No. 18/16 Syracuse (Nov. 26), at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn
  • Tallied a team best 22 points, along with four assists and four steals in SEC road win at Tennessee (Jan. 11)
  • Led all scorers after logging 34 points (9-of-23) in loss at No. 5/5 Kentucky (Jan. 21), went 14-for-15 at free throw line and had six rebounds
  • Set career-highs for points (44), rebounds (21) and minutes (56) in four OT loss vs. Alabama (Feb. 7), the 40-point outing was the first for a Gamecock since 1986, his 21 rebounds were the first 20-plus rebound game for a Carolina player since 1993, his 25 made free throws and 33 attempts were school single-game records, they were both SEC records for league games as well
  • Tallied 29 points in NCAA Tournament First Round win over Marquette (March 17), hitting 10-of-19 attempts, to go along with 11 rebounds for the 12th double-double of his career
  • Scored 24 points in upset win over No. 2 seed Duke (March 19), and again in Sweet 16 matchup vs. Baylor (March 24)
  • Named East Regional Most Outstanding Player following 26-point, seven-rebound performance in Elite Eight win over Florida (March 26)
  • Tallied 15 points against top-seeded Gonzaga (April 1) in Final Four contest

2015-16 (JUNIOR)
SEC All-Defensive Team
SEC Academic Honor Roll

  • Started all 34 games of the season, averaging 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.1 minutes per game
  • In SEC games, averaged 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 35.2 minutes per game
  • Posted 24 double-figure scoring games, three double-figure rebounding games, three double-doubles and 20 games with at least three assists
  • Led or shared the team lead in scoring 11 times, in assists a team high 18 times, in steals a team high 15 times and in rebounds eight times
  • Ranked sixth in the SEC in both steals per game (1.5) and minutes per game (33.1) in overall games
  • Began the season with five-straight double-figure scoring games, including 16 points in the Paradise Jam championship game vs. Tulsa (Nov. 23), en route to Tournament MVP honors; also collected five steals vs. Tulsa
  • Also collected first double-double of the season at the Paradise Jam with 10 points and 10 rebounds in win vs. DePaul (Nov. 20)
  • Tallied 15 points in home win vs. USF (Dec. 2)
  • Scored eight points with nine rebounds in road win at Clemson (Dec. 18)
  • First half dunk vs. Clemson was ESPN Sportscenter's No. 1 play of the day
  • Scored a team high 18 points in home win vs. Memphis (Jan. 2), a win that pushed Carolina's non-conference record to 13-0 entering league play
  • Posted first 20-point game of the season with team high 22 points in SEC opening road win at Auburn (Jan. 5); also dished seven assists with three steals vs. the Tigers
  • Five 3-point field goals at Auburn marked a new career high
  • Followed with 19 points in home win vs. Vanderbilt (Jan. 9), also pulling down eight rebounds
  • Collected 1,000th career point in win vs. the Commodores
  • Tallied 22 points with five rebounds, four assists and three steals in home win vs. Missouri (Jan. 16)
  • Second double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds, hitting a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in road contest at Georgia (Feb. 2)
  • Led the team with 25 points, six rebounds, a career high nine assists and three steals in upset win at No. 8 Texas A&M (Feb. 6)
  • Followed with 24 points, including a career high 11-of-14 from the free throw line, with six rebounds and five assists in home win against LSU
  • Tallied 17 points in home win vs. Florida (Feb. 20), helping to snap a five-year Gamecock winless streak against the Gators
  • Collected third double-double of the season in huge road win at Arkansas (March 5) to conclude the regular season, scoring a team high 22 points, to go along with a team best 11 rebounds, with six assists
  • 11 rebounds vs. the Razorbacks matched a career high
  • Scored 23 points in SEC Tournament loss vs. Georgia (March 11)
  • 20 points with seven assists and two steals in NIT victory over High Point (March 15)

2014-15 (SOPHOMORE)
Jan. 5 SEC Player of the Week
SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll

  • Started all 33 games of the season, averaging 11.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and a team high 1.3 steals in 30.6 minutes per game
  • In SEC games, averaged 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.1 minutes per game
  • Posted a team high 23 double-figure scoring games, one double-double, 17 games with at least five rebounds and 12 games with at least three assists
  • Led or shared the team lead in scoring a team-high 10 times, in rebounding six times, in assists seven times and in steals 12 times
  • Ranked 10th in the SEC in steals per game (1.3)
  • Collected three or more steals three times
  • Tallied 16 points, adding four assists and two steals in ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon game vs. Baylor (Nov. 18)
  • Began a string of seven-straight double-figure scoring games vs. the Bears
  • Scored 20 points vs. Charlotte (Nov. 21) in Charleston Classic matchup vs. the 49ers, also collected eight rebounds
  • Set career high with six steals in win vs. UNC Asheville (Nov. 26), which tied for the highest single-game total in a game during the season in the SEC
  • Tallied double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in victory at Marshall (Dec. 1)
  • Scored 13 points, providing a trio of plays in the final two minutes to help secure upset win over No. 9/9 Iowa State (Jan. 3) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • In the final 1:51 of the matchup vs. the Cyclones, hit a 3-point play, gave the team a six-point lead by hitting a lay-up in the final seconds of the shot clock and made a steal and hit a free throw to secure the win after Iowa State pulled within one possession
  • Tallied 17 points vs. Tennessee (Jan. 20), playing 37 minutes
    Scored 14 points in victory vs. Missouri (Feb. 10), hitting a pair of 3s in the win
  • Posted second 20-point game of the season at top-ranked Kentucky (Feb. 14), hitting a season high nine free throws
  • Posted double-figures in the last five games of the season, starting with 10 points in home matchup vs. Arkansas (March 5)
  • Tallied 10 points and collected two steals in road win at Tennessee (March 7)
  • Led team with 18 points in SEC Tournament victory vs. Missouri (March 11)
  • Collected seven rebounds in Tournament win vs. Ole Miss (March 12)

2013-14 (FRESHMAN)
SEC All-Freshman Team
Jan. 13, Feb. 17 and March 10 SEC Freshman of the Week
Feb. 18 Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week

SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

  • Started all 34 games of his rookie campaign
  • Averaged 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 29.6 minutes per game
  • 13.4 points per game ranked second among freshmen in the SEC in overall games, while 1.2 steals per game ranked second and 3.0 assists per game ranked third
  • In SEC games, averaged 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 33.2 minutes per game
  • Points (15.6) and assists (4.0) per game in strictly league games led the conference among freshmen
  • Six 20-point games in league play is the most by a freshman in South Carolina history
  • Posted 22 double-figure scoring games, which included seven 20-point games, also posted 20 games with at least three assists, nine games with at least five rebounds and two double-doubles
  • Led or shared the team lead in scoring 12 times, in rebounding four times, in assists 17 times and in steals 10 times
  • Marked nearly every stat column with 14 points, all in the second half, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in college debut vs. Longwood (Nov. 9)
  • Scored first 20-point game of his career at No. 23 Baylor (Nov. 12), posting 20 on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and a 7-of-10 effort from the free throw line; also collected a team high three steals vs. the Bears
  • Played a then-season high 36 minutes vs. Manhattan (Dec. 17), scoring a team high 17 points, hitting 10-of-13 attempts from the free throw line
  • Posted 19 points, hitting three 3s, while dishing three assists vs. USC Upstate (Dec. 19) Went 2-of-2 beyond the arc as he posted 10 points go with four rebounds and a season high three steals at No. 10 Florida (Jan. 8)
  • Posted 25 points on career-best nine field goals vs. LSU (Jan. 11), as he also went 6-of-9 from the foul line to go with five rebounds and two assists
  • Posted first career double-double vs. Ole Miss (Jan. 18) with 24 points and a season high 11 rebounds
  • Also had season best four 3-point field goals in 37 minutes against the Rebels
  • Scored a career high 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including nine made free throws, at Georgia (Jan. 22)
  • Recorded 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including an 8-for-8 effort from the foul line in home win vs. Texas A&M (Jan. 29)
  • Posted 20 points, five rebounds and six assists in 39 minutes at Ole Miss (Feb. 1)
  • Dished a season-high nine assists vs. Auburn (Feb. 5)
  • Scored 15 points and added four assists and matched season high with four steals at Tennessee (Feb. 8)
  • Scored 19 points and added six rebounds and six assists in win vs. Vanderbilt (Feb. 13)
  • Recorded team-high 22 points to go with four rebounds and four assists vs. Alabama (Feb. 15)
  • Also went 9-of-10 from the foul line against the Crimson Tide, including made free throw with 5.8 seconds on the clock which extended the Gamecock lead to four points
  • Matched season high with 10 made free throws vs. Georgia (Feb. 22)
  • Had 14 points to go with four assists in win vs. No. 17 Kentucky (March 1)
  • Recorded second double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds to go with four assists at Mississippi State (March 8)

  • Helped lead Oak Hill Academy to 33-5 record during senior season
  • A four-star prospect according to and the top rated player in the state of South Carolina
  • Rated the No. 39 overall prospect in the 2013 class by
  • A four-star recruit by and
  • ranked him as the No. 43 overall prospect and No. 11 shooting guard

  • Son of Greg Wade and Sharicka Thornwell
  • Has one brother, Quantavious and one sister, Quasheka
  • If he could spend a day with anyone, present or historical, it would be his great grandmother
  • Competed with the USA East Coast basketball team in Estonia during the summer of 2014
  • His best advice to young people is to "take your school work serious" and the best advice he has ever received is "take advantage of every opportunity"
  • Major is Sociology


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