South Carolina's Sindarius Thornwell is the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week for games ending the week of Feb. 16. Thornwell was selected by CBSSports.com's Jeff Borzello, in partnership with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Thornwell, a 6-foot-5 guard from Lancaster, scored 41 points as the Gamecocks won back-to-back SEC games for the first time in three seasons. Against Vanderbilt, he finished with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists in a 65-59 victory. He had 22 points, four rebounds and four assists in a 67-66 victory over Alabama, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and 9-for-10 from the free-throw line.
Thornwell was also named SEC Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. He leads all SEC freshmen in scoring during conference games.
The Integris Wayman Tisdale Award is to be presented to the national freshman of the year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually the Monday following the Final Four.