Thornwell looking to find his way back into the NBA -

Thornwell looking to find his way back into the NBA

Former South Carolina basketball star Sindarius Thornwell is looking to make his way back into the NBA after being a part of an NBA organization from 2017-21.

Currently, Thornwell is in Germany playing for Ratiopharm Ulm of the German Basketball Bundesliga. In 2021-22, Thornwell has recorded one of his best seasons as a professional basketball player as he has scored 13.1 points per game and grabbed 5.1 rebounds per game.

His 5.1 rebounds per game is second on the team and he also has tallied 2.3 assists per game, which ranks him third on the squad. Thornwell and Ratiopharm Ulm are working to get themselves into position for the Basketball Bundesliga playoffs.

Following his time in Columbia, Thornwell was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. His draft rights, however, were traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. Thornwell played two full seasons with the Clippers and played in 73 games in his rookie season.

In 2019, he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers and played on the Canton Charge, which is a G-league affiliate of the Cavaliers. Thornwell was then traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2020, who is an affiliate of the Houston Rockets. On July 6, 2020, he was signed by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Thornwell did not play much with the Pelicans and was waived on Feb. 23, 2021. The Pelicans then signed him to a 10-day contract on the next day and then to another one on March 10. In May, Thornwell signed a two-way contract with the Orlando Magic. Following his time with the Magic, he moved on to Ratiopharm Ulm.

As a Gamecock, Thornwell averaged double digits in each of his four years in Columbia. As a freshman in 2013-14, Thornwell played in 34 games and averaged 13.4 points per game.

In his sophomore year in 2014-15, he played in 33 games and averaged 11.1 points per game. His 11.1 points per game as a sophomore would be the lowest points per game average during his career at South Carolina.

As a junior in 2015-16, he played in 34 games and averaged 13.4 points per game.

His senior year in 2016-17 was one to remember for Thornwell. He recorded his best season as a Gamecock and also was the leader of the South Carolina squad that turned in the best season any Gamecock team has ever had.

In 2016-17, Thornwell scored 21.4 points per game and took his game to another level when the NCAA Tournament started. His performance during the regular season helped him win SEC Player of the Year. He also shot 44 percent from the field as a senior.

In the Gamecocks’ first round game against Marquette, Thornwell found the bottom of the net for 29 points and also pulled 11 rebounds.

In the Round of 32 upset of Duke, Thornwell once again led the Gamecocks as he scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds.

As Thornwell and the Gamecocks moved on to the Sweet 16 in New York City, Thornwell’s hot play continued. Against Baylor, Thornwell scored 24 points in 34 minutes of play and helped the Gamecocks move on to the Elite Eight against a familiar foe in Florida.

Against the Gators, Thornwell scored 26 points in 36 minutes of play and grabbed seven rebounds. His performance, along with many other of his teammates’ performances, put the Gamecocks in the Final Four in Phoenix.

As South Carolina faced off against Gonzaga in the biggest game in South Carolina basketball history, Thornwell and his squad couldn’t quite keep the momentum going and fell just short of the National Championship game as the Gamecocks fell 77-73.

This would be the first game of the NCAA Tournament where Thornwell did not lead the Gamecocks in scoring as he scored 15 points. Guard PJ Dozier led the team with 17 points.

In his career in Columbia, Thornwell played in 132 games and scored 14.7 points per game and pulled 5.2 rebounds per game.

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