South Carolina Gamecocks star Sindarius Thornwell returned to practice on Friday. According to the Associated Press, Thornwell arrived at the University of Phoenix after he spent Thursday at the team’s hotel on the mend from a fever and a headache.
When the Gamecocks arrived, coach Frank Martin stated that the flu had taken hold of his marquee guy.
“He had a little body temperature last night when we landed,” Martin stated. And he was a little better this morning. But I kind of told our trainer, ‘Just feed him fluids, do what doctors do and let him rest rather than stress him right now.
He went on to state that missing one day was no big deal.
“He’s our most intelligent player,” Martin said. “And I don’t mean to say that demeaning the other guys. He understands basketball at a high, high level; he doesn’t need to be on the practice court to understand what we’re doing.”
The senior appears to be shrugging off his ailment ahead of Saturday’s semi-finals matchup against Gonzaga.
The 6-foot-5 senior guard is pacing the tournament in scoring at 26 points per game, and is averaging 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2 steals in each contest.
Sindarius Thornwell does not appear to be sick enough to warrant panic. He is still positioned to shine after leading his group to their first Final Four appearance.
In fact, let’s venture a quick prediction ahead of our extensive opinion piece which will drop tomorrow on the rest of the field.
Not only will the Gamecocks beat Gonzaga, they will get up on them quick and never take their foot off their collective neck.
Gonzaga can and will score points thanks to their potent quick-strike offense. But the Gamecocks are at their best when their role players have to get physical.
Count on it.
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