OSU offers S.C. Player of the Year

Perhaps it was the 26.9 points per game that caught Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta’s attention. Or maybe it was the 8.6 rebounds per game that shooting guard Sindarius Thornwell averaged for Lancaster High School last season en route to earning South Carolina AAAA Player of the Year honors before transferring to Oak Hill Academy (Va.) in the fall.

Whatever it was, Matta saw enough and offered the 2013 shooting guard.

“It’s exciting because they’re a winning program,” Thornwell said. “They’re a big basketball program and that’s good especially coming from where I’m from.

“Most people from around here get offers from mid-majors. When I get offers from Ohio State and the Big Ten it lets me know I’m doing something and being recognized.”

Thornwell has offers from big-name schools incluing Wake Forest, Memphis and Cincinnati, so he’s not taking the offer from the Buckeyes lightly.

The four-star, 6-foot-5 Thornwell, who is ranked 24th in the ESPN 100, isn’t planning on breaking down a top 10 anytime soon, but he said if he were to chose Ohio State, it would be for one reason.

“If I was to go there, I’m coming to win,” Thornwell said. “I’m a winner, so I’m going to do whatever it takes to do that.”