Sindarius Thornwell named SEC Player of the Year

Sindarius Thornwell named SEC Player of the Year

Sindarius Thornwell came into the regular season as an underrated player who was left off the media's preseason All-SEC teams. 

He will end it as the SEC Player of the Year, as announced by the league coaches on Tuesday, March 7. 

The senior became the first Gamecock to capture the award after an outstanding season leading the Gamecocks to a fourth place finish in the SEC. Thornwell averaged 21.2 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game on the year, and led the conference in both points per game and steals per game during league play. 

Thornwell was also named first team All-SEC and earned a spot on the All-Defensive team as well. 

A'ja Wilson captured the SEC Player of the Year award on the women's side last week, making the University of South Carolina the first school since 2012 to sweep the conference player of the year awards. South Carolina is just the fourth school overall to accomplish the feat. 

A full list of the awards announced by the SEC can be seen below. 

 

First Team All-SEC

KeVaughn Allen, Florida

J.J. Frazier, Georgia

Yante Maten, Georgia

De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky

Malik Monk, Kentucky

Sebastian Saiz, Ole Miss

Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina

Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt

 

Second Team All-SEC

Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

Kasey Hill, Florida

Bam Adebayo, Kentucky

Antonio Blakeney, LSU

Quinndary Weatherspoon, Miss State

Robert Hubbs III, Tennessee

Tyler Davis, Texas A&M

Robert Williams, Texas A&M

 

All-Freshman Team

Braxton Key, Alabama

Mustapha Heron, Auburn

Bam Adebayo, Kentucky

De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky

Malik Monk, Kentucky

Lamar Peters, Mississippi St.

Grant Williams, Tennessee

Robert Williams, Texas A&M

 

All-Defensive Team

Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

Kasey Hill, Florida

Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina

Robert Williams, Texas A&M

Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt

 

Coach of the Year: Mike White, Florida

Player of the Year: Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt

Freshman of the Year: Malik Monk, Kentucky

Sixth-Man of the Year: Canyon Barry, Florida

Defensive Player of the Year: Robert Williams, Texas A&M

**photo by Jenny Dilworth**

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