Sindarius Thornwell of Lancaster (SC) is one of the top prep basketball players in South Carolina and the country. The do-it-all 6-foot-5 guard is ranked by Scout.com as the 32nd best player in the country for the class of 2013.
I got a chance to catch up with him yesterday to ask him a few questions about the season, some of his accomplishments, goals, and how his recruitment is going.
Between all of the accolades andaccomplishments, what one needs to understand is that he is a well-spoken, well-mannered kid who understands how to get to the next level. He is driven in what he wants to achieve while he plays high school basketball.
Justin Byerly: "You were recently named Mr. Basketball for South Carolina, what does that mean to you? "
Sindarius Thornwell: "That was never really a goal for me. My main goal is getting to the McDonald's All-American Game and The Jordan Brand Classic All-Star Game next season. I'm just going to keep working hard and try to out-work everyone to get there. The Mr. Basketball award is great but that was never a goal. A state championship is what I really want. "
Justin Byerly: "What school's are showing you the most interest?"
Sindarius Thornwell: "South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Miami (Fla.) mostly everybody in the Atlantic Coast Conference except North Carolina and Duke. (Also) Georgia, Georgetown, Auburn, Providence, and Louisiana State University. "
Justin Byerly: "Do you have offers from all of those schools? "
Sindarius Thornwell: " Everybody in the Atlantic Coast Conference except Duke and North Carolina. Auburn, Georgetown, Georgia, and Louisiana State University have not offered yet, but are showing a lot of interest. "
Justin Byerly: "That's quite an impressive list. Have you thought about what you may want to study in college? "
Sindarius Thornwell: "Business Management or Sports Broadcasting. "
Justin Byerly : "Sounds like a good plan. What is your dream school? "
Justin Byerly: "What would you tell a kid who may be starting high school and who may have the same ambitions as youhave basketball- wise? What would it take to get there? "
Sindarius Thornwell: "First of all: grades.. They are the most important thing. I slacked off a little my first two years of high school and I did not get the grades that I should had. Looking back, I wish I would have done a lot better job at that than I did. I am doing so much better now. Grades are huge in the process. As for the basketball part: just work hard all the time. No days off. There is always someone coming after you. You have to just out-work everyone. To make a name, you gotta take a name. "
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