Top 2013 SC player favors in-state school

Sindarius Thornwell has been tabbed early as one of the top players in South Carolina, clearly it hasn't sunk in to him how good he is.

Last week, 2013 standout from Lancaster scored his first major offer — South Carolina.

"It's good," Sindarius Thornwell said of the offer. "Around where I'm from, you don't get too many big time schools. It's amazing. I never thought South Carolina would know about me.

"It's an honor. I just got to keep working hard. I can't let it get to my head. I just got to battle every time I get on the court."

Besides South Carolina, Thornwell also claims an offer from Tennessee State, with LSU, UNC Charlotte, Clemson, Oregon State, Appalachian State and Virginia Tech showing interest.

The wing thinks Clemson is also about to offer him in the near future.

South Carolina also has interest in Thornwell's AAU teammate Kennedy Meeks with the Charlotte-based Team United.

Meeks and Thornwell have both openly admitted to wanting to play college ball together.

"We're real close. Not just on the court but off the court," Thornwell said of his relationship with Meeks. "We have trust in one another. We're like Kobe and Shaq."

Of course, with Thornwell playing the role of Kobe at 6-foot-4, 175 pounds.

"We would like to go to school together," Thornwell said. "If he gets an offer, he'll tell me about and asks me for suggestions, and I'll do the same with him."

Meeks has said that South Carolina is his early leader and chimed in on where he thinks the Gamecocks stands for Thornwell.

"I think that's his number one," he said.

When asked if South Carolina was indeed his number one, Thornwell replied, "yes sir," and gave his reason why.

"They've been showing interest since eighth grade," he said. "(South Carolina assistant) coach Mike Boynton keeps in contact with my high school coach (Ricardo Priester). It shows that they really want me."

Thornwell said the coaching staff has talked to Meeks and him about getting them down to Columbia together.

"They told us that they'd like to have both of us," Thornwell said, "and our point guard Shelton Mitchell."

Thornwell also spoke about his recent conversation from South Carolina coach Darrin Horn.

"I talked to coach (Horn) last Wednesday. That's who offered me," he said. "He told me as a head coach, he really wants me. He told me that I'd get better and get an education and get a degree. And that he really likes me."

The opportunity to be a Gamecock really excites Thornwell, but the idea of going to college was an equally gratifying feat.

Though only a sophomore, Thornwell is thinking about what he wants to study once he gets to a college campus.

"Maybe sports broadcasting, or some type of coaching, or a trainer," he said.

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