South Carolina freshman guard Sindarius
Thornwell has been named SEC Freshman of the Week.
He averaged 20.5 points,
five rebounds and five assists and led the Gamecocks to back-to-back wins
against Vanderbilt and Alabama last week. It marked the first time since
January 2011 that Carolina has won consecutive conference games.
Thornwell's second-career Player of the Week honor.
The Lancaster, S.C. native shot 48% (12-25) from the field last week
and 83% (15-18) from the foul line.
Against Alabama, Thornwell was
clutch for the Gamecocks down the stretch, scoring or assisting on 15 of
Carolina's final 17 points in the 67-66 win. With 22 points, he recorded his
fifth 20-point performance of the season in conference games, matching Gamecock
legend B.J. McKie's total during the 1996 season when he won SEC Freshman of
In conference games, he currently leads all SEC freshmen in points
(17.3), assists (4.08) and steals (1.33) per game.
The Gamecocks hit the road this week as they travel to Arkansas for a
clash with the Razorbacks Wednesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m.