It’s been a whirlwind past few months for Sindarius Thornwell.
After helping lead South Carolina to its first Final Four, Thornwell has been on the go. First, it was getting ready for the NBA draft. After being acquired by the Los Angeles Clippers on a draft night trade, the Lancaster native has been preparing for his rookie season and settling in to his new surroundings.
Last week, Thornwell took part in the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot in New York, where he mingled with the league’s other first-year players, such as top two picks Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball.
Thornwell took time to catch his breath Saturday when he held his first basketball camp at Cardinal Newman. It’s the first of three scheduled, with the others in his hometown of Lancaster and another in Spartanburg.
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“I have been doing so much traveling and been on the go the last few months,” Thornwell said. “Haven’t been able to have fun and enjoy things since I have been on the go. But being round the kids helps me enjoy things and enjoy the process.”
Thornwell had fun interacting with the campers, taking questions, which included his opinion of Lavar Ball, and signing autographs in the two camp sessions. But it will be back to the West Coast this week as he moves furniture into his condo in Los Angeles.
Thornwell will have a couple weeks before the Clippers begin training camp Sept. 26 in Hawaii, where they will play two preseason games.
The second-round pick had a strong showing in the Las Vegas Summer League and averaged 14.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals in four games. Thornwell said the summer league gave him a sneak peek at what he could expect for the upcoming season.
Thornwell also said it has been fun getting to know his new teammates such as veterans Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Lou Williams and Patrick Beverly as well as fellow South Carolina natives Brice Johnson and Jawun Evans.
“I just try to be a sponge, because they have so much knowledge of the game, so I am just trying to take it all in and trying to put it in my game,” Thornwell said. “From when I got drafted until now, it has been preparing for training camp and, hopefully, have a good training camp so I can get some minutes in the game.”