The Washington Wizards hold the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Who will they take? Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select. Check back for more as we continue to get closer to the draft...
Name: Sindarius Thornwell
School: South Carolina
Position: Shooting guard
2016/17 stats: 21.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.0 bpg, 44.5 FG%, 39.5 3PT% (1.9 3P/4.7 3PA), 83 FT%
Projections: DraftExpress 57th, NBADraft.net 38th
5 things to know:
*Thornwell was the best player on a South Carolina team that made their first Final Four appearance in school history. His 21.4 points per game during the regular season earned him the SEC player of the year award. In the tournament, he took it up a notch by averaging 23.6 points on 47.2 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from three.
*He wasn't always a great scorer, but had a breakout season as a senior. In his first three years with the Gamecocks, he averaged a modest 12.7 points per game on 37.1 percent from the field. But as a senior he scored those 21.4 points per game on 44.5 percent shooting.
*Thornwell is not a big threat from three-point range, which is something teams will certainly keep in mind given he is a guard. He shot a career-high 39.5 percent from three last year and 34 percent in his career. His 39.5 percent last season was decent, but he will need to develop consistency from NBA range to stick in the pros.
*He is not a very explosive athlete. His 6-foot-10 wingspan as measured at the NBA Combine is very good, but his 30 1/2-inch vertical is far from what some of the best leapers at his position boast.
*Thornwell played his high school ball at Oak Hill in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Brandon Jennings, who played for the Wizards this past season, went there. So did many other NBA players like Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.
Fit with Wizards: Thornwell's all-around game could be a good fit for the Wizards as they seek help behind John Wall and Bradley Beal. Thornwell could be a nice scoring option off their bench. He was a solid defender in college, but whether that will translate to the NBA is hard to tell.
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