Just last week, South Carolina head coach Frank Martin landed the verbal commitment of 2013 forward, Desmond Ringer.
On Monday evening, Martin doubled up, snagging a pledge from 6-foot-5 shooting guard, Sindarius Thornwell.
While Martin faces the difficulty of rebuilding the Gamecocks’ program, his ability to land Thornwell should hold huge dividends for South Carolina moving forward.
Thornwell, an original native of Lancaster, South Carolina, will return home next year for the start of his collegiate career following the conclusion of his senior season at Oak Hill Academy (VA).
Known for his strength and ability to score in a variety of ways, Thornwell is undoubtedly one of the biggest commitments for the South Carolina program in recent memory. ESPN lists the guard at No. 44 overall among his 2013 classmates, while Rivals pins him at No. 40.
Thornwell had been heavily pursued throughout his recruitment by a number of high-major programs and despite the coaching change this past off-season, Martin remained in close pursuit of one of the Gamecocks’ top overall targets. Thornwell chose the Gamecocks over North Carolina State.
“I feel comfortable with Coach Frank (Martin) and I believe in him,” Thornwell told247Sports.com. “I feel closer to them than I do to North Carolina State.”
While South Carolina will once again be expected to have their struggles in 2012-13, the future will offer a better chance at success and Thornwell will be an important part of that potential.
The Gamecocks finished the 2011-12 season at 10-21 overall, mustering only two conference wins a year ago.
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