South Carolina basketball great and Los Angeles Clippers rookie Sindarius Thornwell signed his first NBA contract Thursday, the team announced via its Twitter page.
Thornwell signed a three-year deal worth $3.8 million with the Clippers, Basketball Insiders’ Michael Scotto reported.
The SEC Player of the Year and third-leading scorer in USC history, Thornwell was drafted No. 48 by the Milwaukee Bucks and then promptly traded to the Clippers.
He will wear No. 0 in Los Angeles, the same number from his South Carolina days.
“I was a little nervous, but once the game got going and I started getting to the free-throw line a little bit, I got real comfortable,” Thornwell said last week of his NBA summer-league debut. “They like me. I’m going back early so I can spend a lot of time working with the trainers and work on my shot. That was really my only thing, working on my 3-point shot.”