Thornwell makes improvements

Sindarius Thornwell looks primed to take his game to a new level this spring.

Always a very talented player, now Lancaster (SC) High School product Sindarius Thornwell has focus going for him as well. Thornwell looks locked in on the court right now, and all of that natural ability is beginning to shine through.

It was a good season for Thornwell in high school basketball. Always a big time scorer, he made some history at his school.

"The high school year went well," said Thornwell. "I scored the ball pretty good and my ball handling got better. I set the school record for most points in one game with 47, so that was big."

With his improvement and excellent season, it is no surprise that an already busy recruitment began heating up even more.

"It has been just about everybody," said Thornwell. "Everybody in the ACC except for Duke and North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson, Louisville, Georgetown a little bit, Providence, Villanova, Oklahoma, Memphis."

South Carolina was a school recruiting him very hard under their old regime, and it is no surprise that new coach Frank Martin made it a priority to speak with Thornwell right after taking the job in Columbia.

"I talked to Frank Martin, but the staff change wasn't a big thing," Thornwell explained. "It was big in a way since Coach (Darrin) Horn was recruiting me since ninth grade and we had a close relationship, but it isn't big because I wasn't looking to make a quick decision anyway. Frank Martin seems like a good coach and he wins everywhere he goes, so that is something good about having him at South Carolina."

The other in-state school, Clemson, also remains very active in pursuing Thornwell.

"Me and Coach (Brad) Brownell, we are close," Thornwell explained. "Coach (Earl) Grant is the main guy recruiting me and we have a real close relationship. I like Clemson a lot."

Another school that has been very involved in the recruitment is Louisville. The Cardinals have been trying to make an impression.

"I like the way they play," said Thornwell of Louisville. "Coach (Rick) Pitino develops you into a pro and helps you get better. They do a good job of developing their guards so that is a big thing."

While he doesn't claim to be close to a decision, Thornwell does know what he will be looking for in a school.

"Basically I am just looking at the playing style and playing time a school has to offer," said Thornwell.

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