NCAA Basketball: South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell Returns From Suspension

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 01/03/17 03:16AM EST

South Carolina Gamecocks shooting guard Sindarius Thornwell will be returning to the court, after a brief time on the sidelines serving his suspension.

As noted in a report by Hale McGrahanan for, the 22-year-old player was slapped with a six-game suspension for an undisclosed violation of team policies. And as mentioned in the same report, Thornwell had already apologized and owned up for his mistake, as he sent out an apology to University President Dr. Harris Pastides, university athletic director Ray Tanner, and all of his teammates. Thornwell also noted how being a mere spectator for a short period of time has given him a different perspective of the game.

"Stuff like that just excited me, knowing that we have a group of fighters with the younger guys that believe in coach Frank (Martin) and the older guys to lead. It just helped me coming back," Thornwell said.

For his part, head coach Frank Martin admitted that Thornwell's absence had affected the team in more ways than one, as they went 3-3 during his time on the sidelines. Which is why he was willing to immediately forgive his erring player, once the latter issued his apology.

"We tend to forget we're dealing with young people. They tend to make mistakes just like us old people that have life figured out, (we) screw up every day," coach Martin said.

After issuing his apology and mending ties with the team, Thornwell is seemingly ready to get back into action. And as confirmed in another report by NBC Sports, the young player will be suiting up once again, as South Carolina visits the Georgia Bulldogs for their game at the Stegeman Colisuem on Wednesday.

So far, Thornwell has made big contributions for his team this season. Currently, he is averaging 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. 

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