Thornwell taken in NBA Draft by Milwaukee Bucks, traded to Clippers

Published: Jun. 20, 2017 at 12:40 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2017 at 8:29 AM EDT
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LANCASTER, SC (WIS) - Sindarius Thornwell is headed to the NBA.

The former Gamecocks guard was picked in the second round of Thursday's NBA Draft as the 48th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

For Thornwell, the wait to hear his name on Draft Day last more than four hours. In the end, it was all worth it for the former Lancaster High product.

"It's a relief, man," Thornwell said while surrounded by friends and family at the Moose Lodge. "Finally, some relief. To finally hear that call and my name, just to see it go on TV and everybody -- all my family and friends here supporting me -- it was great."

Thornwell, named the SEC Player of the Year and the 2017 East Regional Most Outstanding Player, averaged a career-high 21.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game during his senior campaign with the Gamecocks.

The Lancaster native either led or shared the lead in scoring 22 times while being the top player in steals 20 times this past year.

During South Carolina's Final Four run, Thornwell posted 23.6 points per game and seven rebounds per contest.

Thornwell started 31 of 37 games for USC and was named SEC Player of the Week twice. In 132 contests, he averaged 14.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, and three assists per game. He ended his career third in points (1,941 points), first in games started, third in free throws (570), 10th in rebounds (684), and ninth in assists (390).

Thornwell becomes the second player from the Palmetto State to join the Clippers in the last two years. A year ago, the Clippers selected North Carolina star and former Edisto High standout Brice Johnson was picked 25th overall in the NBA Draft.

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