Nov. 21, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State’s Bernard James, who averaged a double double of 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds to go along with 2.7 blocked shots in leading Florida State to a 3-0 record last week with wins over UCF, Stetson and South Alabama, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week in a vote conducted by the ACC office. In averaging a double double during the Seminoles’ three wins, James shot an incredible 90 percent from the field (18 of 20) and has moved into first place in school history with a .672 career field goal shooting percentage.
James shared the honor with Dorenzo Hudson of Virginia Tech. It is the first time in his career that he has earned the honor.
James (Savannah, Ga.) totaled his sixth career double double with his career high of 18 points and his career high of 11 rebounds in Florida State’s victory over UCF. His 18 points ranked as his career high, was a team high and a game high as he led the Seminoles to the 73-50 win over the Knights. James scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the second half as Florida State stretched an eight point halftime lead into a 23-point win. In finishing eight of nine from the field, he made his final five field goal attempts of the night. He also totaled three blocked shots in the victory.
James earned a double double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Seminoles’ week opening win over Stetson. Jones shot seven of eight from the field as Florida State defeated the Hatters. He made his first seven field goal attempts of the game before missing late in the second half. His 11 rebounds rank as a career high and were the highest total of the game for either team.
James closed the week with a six point and eight rebound performance in the Seminoles’ win over South Alabama. He was three of three from the field and blocked three shots in 21 minutes.
In the first four games of the season, James is averaging 10.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game.
No. 20/22 Florida State begins play in the Battle4Atlantis Thursday at the Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas. The Seminoles will play UMass in the first round of the tournament and either Utah or Harvard in the second round. Defending national champion Connecticut is the highest ranked team in the event and is a possible opponent for the Seminoles after the first round of the tournament.