Dozier, Thornwell Selected For NBA Draft Combine
May 1, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Former South Carolina men’s basketball players Sindarius Thornwell and PJ Dozier have both secured invitations to the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, which will be held at the Quest Center in Chicago, May 9-14. The duo helped lead South Carolina to its first Final Four earlier this year, averaging 23.6 and 15.6 points per game, respectively, in NCAA Tournament action.
Dozier was second on the team this season with 13.9 points per game, while the Columbia native also dished a team-high 2.8 assists, while pulling down 4.8 rebounds and collecting 1.7 steals per outing. He played some of his best basketball of the season during NCAA Tournament action, posting 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in helping the Gamecocks clinch their first berth in the Final Four, and first Tournament win since 1973. Dozier led or shared the team lead in scoring 11 times, in assists 17 times and in steals 15 times in 2016-17, and he logged 25 double-figure scoring outings. He posted nine 20-point performances, including a career-high 26 versus Clemson in late December, and he hit 40.7 percent from the field during his sophomore season.
Thornwell had one of the most memorable seasons in South Carolina history in 2016-17. The Lancaster, S.C., native, averaged career highs in nearly every statistical category, including points (21.4), rebounds (7.1) and steals (2.1) per game, along with field goal percent (44.4) and free throw percent (83.0). He led or shared the team lead in scoring 22 times, in assists 12 times, in steals 20 times, and he posted 31 double-figure scoring games and 19 20-point outings in 2016-17. Thornwell, named the SEC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches, led the league in scoring in conference games at 22.1 points per game. In five NCAA Tournament contests, he helped fuel Carolina’s Final Four run, averaging 23.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while collecting East Region Most Outstanding Player honors along the way. He concluded his career in the Garnet and Black third in scoring with 1,941 points, first in games started (132), tied for fourth in games played (132), third in free throws (570), fourth in steals (199) and ninth in assists (390).
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