Sindarius Thornwell is having one of the best individual season in USC history.
Thornwell had a huge week for the Gamecocks, scoring 44 and grabbing 21 rebounds in a four overtime loss to Alabama; then he scored 28 points and shut down Mississippi State’s best player in a road win Saturday night. He was named the SEC Player of the Week Monday, the second time this season he’s earned that honor.
Thornwell is a 6-5″ guard so that 21 rebound performance is especially impressive. That, by the way, was the highest rebound total for any Gamecock player in almost 25 years. It had been over 30 years since a Gamecock scored 40 ore more points. He also set an SEC record with 25 made free throws in the Alabama game. Last week Thornwell averaged an eye popping 36 points and 12.5 rebounds in two games.
The bottom line is Thornwell has been delivering the goods all season. He’s averaging just over 20 points and close to eight rebounds per game. He’s USC’s best player on both ends of the court. Anytime a program turns things around, like the Gamecocks have, you usually have a player or two you can point to as the catalyst for that change. Thornwell is that player for USC.
No one means more to a team than Sindarius Thornwell does to USC. No one in the SEC deserves to be the league’s player of the year more than Thornwell. Yeah, Kentucky has some flashy players, who are extremely talented and will certainly play in the NBA, but they aren’t as polished as Thornwell. By the way, Thornwell dropped 34 on the Wildcats in Rupp.
You could take any player of Kentucky’s team and they still would be a powerful NCAA Tournament team. If you take Thornwell off of USC’s team the Gamecocks go from really good, to really average. USC goes from leading the SEC to middle of the pack or worse. South Carolina basketball is back among the best in the country because of what Thornwell has done.