South Carolina freshman 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. Borzello's popular weekly freshman watch column will continue to feature nation's the top freshmen each week in addition to the national player of the week.
Later in the season, the USBWA will release a midseason watch list before naming finalists for the award. This season marks the first time a weekly national freshman of the week will be selected and, each Tuesday through Feb. 25, a standout first-year player will be chosen for the honor.
Thornwell, a 6-5 guard from Lancaster, S.C., scored 41 points as the Gamecocks won back-to-back SEC games for the first time in three seasons. Against Vanderbilt last Thursday, he finished with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists in the 65-59 victory. Then over the weekend, 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.
Monday the SEC named Thornwell Freshman of the Week.
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