By now it would have been hard to ignore that PJ Dozier threw down arguably the most impressive dunk in the 5-on-5 scrimmages. However if you’d been hiding out in a bunker the past 24 hours and haven’t seen the clip yet, we’ve got you covered.
The collective “oh!” from Rece Davis and Fran Fraschilla pretty well sum up that hammer Dozier threw down. The dunk overshadowed the fact Dozier scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting and wound up being one of the better players of the floor during his team’s scrimmage. He averaged 10.5 points per game between his two scrimmages and measured out being one of the biggest guards at the draft.
His size plus his scrimmage performances have created quite the buzz around his draft stock. During the NCAA tournament run Dozier was overshadowed by Thornwell’s alpha dog play, but now that Dozier isn’t playing alongside his Gamecock running mate scouts and writers have been able to see him in his own right.
I’m a Wesley Iwundu fan but rough week for him. Has upside but gotta fix his jumper. Bothered by speed/athleticism & outplayed by PJ Dozier.— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) May 13, 2017
Players who impressed on Day 2 of #NBACombine— James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) May 12, 2017
Other Top NBA Combine Game 2 performers today: PJ Dozier 15 pts/5 rebs, Melo Trimble 12 pts/6 assts, Jonathan Jeanne 14 pts/10 rebs— Dinos Trigonis (@trigonis30) May 12, 2017
In NBA Draft Net’s latest post combine mock draft Dozier is going No. 28 to the Los Angeles Lakers, however of all the major mocks that’s the only one where he’s going in round one. Take the mock draft with a grain of salt if you’d like, but there’s no doubt it’s been cool as a Gamecock fan to see Dozier get this much buzz from NBA Twitter.
However don’t sleep on Thornwell when it comes to a rising Gamecock draft stock. Thronwell only shot 2-of-6 in his second scrimmage, but even without a flashy game two Thronwell has met with nearly half the league and already had workouts scheduled with a few other.
Some players confirmed for workouts in Portland: Ivan Rabb (Cal), Dillon Brooks (Oregon), Sindarius Thornwell (So. Carolina).— Jason Quick (@jwquick) May 12, 2017
Sindarius Thornwell has now interviewed with 13 NBA teams, including the Golden State Warriors https://t.co/NTugWpohJ5— GoGamecocks.com (@gogamecocks) May 12, 2017
So far in the mock drafts Bleacher Report has Sindarius Thornwell going the highest at No. 24 to the Utah Jazz, but much like Dozier he’s goes in the second round in every other major mock. It’s odd after two days of evaluation no one can still agree where Thornwell and Dozier will land even if they have apparent rising stock.
But what was probably the most interesting thing to happen with Thornwell at the combine was him responding to Kevin Durant’s comments about how the draft combine was “useless”. For those unaware Kevin Durant was dinged for his combine performance because he couldn’t bench press 185 pounds, but still was the No. 2 overall pick and went on to be an MVP.
Someone asked Thornwell about those comments and he responded as such:
The next step in the NBA Draft process is the lottery, set to take place on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.