Thornwell set for visit

For Sindarius Thornwell it was a productive spring. He took his game to a whole new level, and now an ACC school is set to receive a visit.

On the strength of an excellent spring, Sindarius Thornwell was elevated to a five-star prospect. The No. 19 ranked player in the 2013 class is continuing to pick up more recruiting attention, and has a visit set up.

At 6-foot-4 with long arms, nice athleticism, and the ability to score from deep or going to the rim, Thornwell was excellent all EYBL long for Team United.

"The spring was good," said Thornwell. "I think I played pretty good and I shot the ball well. "I just wanted to do everything I could to help my team win and to make the Peach Jam."

He continued, "The EYBL experience was great. We went from playing local events to playing in the EYBL where every game you have to come out and play. It made me play harder to know that every game I was going against someone else who was a top player."

Recruiting wise it is no surprise that Thornwell's list has grown over the past two months after coaches had a chance to see him playing during the April evaluation period.

"It seems like everybody has contacted me since the spring," said Thornwell. "Everybody in the ACC is recruiting me except Duke, North Carolina, and Maryland. Also I have Missouri, Florida, South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, Providence, Ohio State, Villanova, Georgia and Memphis."

One of those schools, Clemson, will be getting a visit on Monday. It won't be Thornwell's first trip to Clemson, and he says he already has built a very good relationship with the coaching staff.

"I'm not really expecting anything different," said Thornwell of the trip. "I am just looking forward to hanging out with Coach (Earl) Grant. I like that Clemson is an in-state school and it is like home. Myself, Coach (Brad) Brownell, and Coach Grant have a great relationship. Also Coach (Steve) Smith who they just hired recruited me at Georgia Southern and we have a good relationship. I have a good relationship with almost the whole staff."

Another school that has picked things up recently is Ohio State. The Buckeyes offered after seeing him in April, and have made it clear they will again be present at his games during the month of July.

"Ohio State has been in touch with me," said Thornwell. "I talked to their assistant coach last week, and he just told me they are going to keep recruiting me hard and they are going to be watching me in July. They want me to visit and are telling me they want my choice to be Ohio State."

Also the Florida Gators have picked up the interest and Thornwell likes what the Gators have to offer.

"Florida is a good school," said Thornwell. "Coach Billy Donovan knows how to win, and they have had a lot of guards get drafted. I also like their style of play, and it is Florida and you can't go wrong there."

While the college decision is still up in the air, he did make his choice on where to attend high school next year and that will be at Mouth of the Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy.

"I made the decision because it is a great opportunity," said Thornwell of transferring to Oak Hill. "It is a once in a lifetime chance. I just want to go out and play and hopefully I will be more ready for college and win a national championship."

For now Thornwell is still in the beginning stages of figuring out his college choice, but he does have a good idea of what he will pay attention to when the time does come to make a commitment.

"Basically what I look for is a good playing style, how serious they are about academics, and is it like home," Thornwell explained. "I don't want to be used just for basketball, I want to learn about life as well and not just basketball. Location doesn't really matter to me, I am worried about a good relationship with the coaches."


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