USC Men's Basketball

Clippers praise Thornwell: ‘He’s just a winner’

Sindarius Thornwell’s association with the Milwaukee Bucks lasted all of a few minutes.

The former South Carolina standout heard his name called in the NBA Draft shortly after 11:30 p.m. The Bucks selected Thornwell with the No. 48 pick, then traded his draft rights to the Los Angeles Clippers.

It turns out, the Clippers had their eyes on Thornwell since the NBA Draft Combine in May.

When we met with him in Chicago, he fit the Clipper culture,” Lawrence Frank, Clippers executive vice president of basketball operations, told Los Angeles media. “He’s just a winner. In basketball terms, he’s a baller. He love the gym. He’s relentless and has great work ethic.”

Frank touted Thornwell’s ability to play multiple positions, which was a central message in the Lancaster native’s pitch to NBA teams.

“I feel like it’s the best situation for me,” Thornwell said of Los Angeles. “I can fit right in there on the wing, defending and scoring the ball.”

The SEC Player of the Year glowed in March when he led the NCAA tournament in scoring. Thornwell concluded his USC career third in program history in scoring with 1,941 points. He averaged 21.4 points and 7.1 rebounds a game. That scoring average was 23.6 points during the Gamecocks’ NCAA Tournament run.