The guard is Sindarius Thornwell of Lancaster (S.C.) High School. A 6-foot-3, 160-pounder, he is rated the No. 6 shooting guard in the Class of 2013 by Scout.com. He was South Carolina's Class 4A Player of the Year as a junior in 2011-12 and runnerup for Gatorade Player of the Year in the state to Cordova's Brice Johnson, a senior who signed with the North Carolina Tar Heels last November.
Thornwell originally planned to visit The Hill for the Vol-Georgia game on Feb. 4 but elected to postpone.
"I just wanted to wait until after the season," he explained.
Thornwell embarked on a trip to Tennessee Wednesday morning but turned back when he discovered this is a dead (no-contact) period in recruiting.
Known for his 3-point shot and athleticism, Thornwell said he averaged 27 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2.5 blocked shots per game as a junior. Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech appear to be recruiting him the most intensely.
Asked what he likes about the Vols, Thornwell replied: "I like their style of play. I like the way they get up and down the court. They don't just play like robots."
Here's what Scout.com has to say about this gifted young prospect:
"Thornwell has a lot of ability. He is at his best playing off the ball, but when the ball is in his hands he makes good things happen. He is able to make shots from deep, and is also a good athlete. Still what really impresses is his ability to see open teammates off the dribble. Now Thornwell needs to value each game and each possession and show that fire to be great every time out."
Should Tennessee make a positive impression on Thornwell, it's possible the Vols could strengthen their position in the chase for close friend and AAU teammate Kennedy Meeks.
Meeks, a 6-foot-9, 275-pounder from West Charlotte (N.C.) High School, is Scout's No. 2 rated center and No. 28 overall player in the Class of 2013. Like, Thornwell, he is pegged a 4-star recruit.
Thornwell and Meeks represent the Team United 15 AAU squad and have expressed an interest in attending the same college. Tennessee reportedly has offered each of them scholarships. Meeks has listed South Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Louisville and Boston College as his current favorites.
South Carolina recently fired head coach Darrin Horn and replaced him with Frank Martin from Kansas State. How much that affects Thornwell and Meeks — both reportedly are high on the Gamecocks — remains to be seen.
Regardless, here's what Scout.com has to say about Meeks:
"A wide bodied big man, Kennedy Meeks anchors down in the paint and owns his area. He rebounds the ball quite well and aggressively hits the glass looking to snag every board in sight. Meeks, a 6-foot-8, 255-pound big man, has a great set of hands, good touch around the basket and can score it in a variety of ways. To go with post moves on the block, Meeks is also capable of facing up for jump shots."