COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A year after being drafted, Sindarius Thornwell found himself in Cardinal Newman's gym for the Alex English Basketball Camp as young players picked his brain about the game and what it's like to play in the NBA.
"It's dope just to come back and spread my knowledge," Thornwell said. "Just to come back and touch the kids and be around the kids and just for them to see me and be around me just motivates them. That's all I'm trying to do is just motivate and inspire somebody else to be something they want to be."
Thornwell covered everything from what it was like to be drafted to the difficulty in covering Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. For the campers, it was another opportunity to gain wisdom. Thornwell's appearance at camp marked the second day a former Gamecock paid a visit to campers. On Tuesday, campers were able to hear from Thornwell's former teammate and ex-Spring Valley star, PJ Dozier, about life as a pro basketball player.
"They don't know who Alex English is unless they've gone to the internet or unless their parents have told them about it," English said, "But they know the PJ Doziers and the Sindarius Thornwells. They are the one that they've been watching as they've grown. Being able to have them here has been a blessing for us. Because they are good role models and good quality citizens, these kids have somebody to look up to."
The opportunity to give back is one that Thornwell doesn't take lightly. In fact, it's one that the former SEC Player of the Year would have loved to have growing up.
"I wish there were times where I could have an NBA player come and speak to me and I could ask them all the questions that I had running through my mind that I wanted to know," Thornwell said. "You're never wrong for asking questions and, if you want to know, just ask."