April 13, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State basketball head coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff honored seniors Derwin Kitchen, Andrew Rutledge and A.J. Yawn as the program celebrated the 2011 Seminoles and their exciting run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament at the teams annual awards banquet at the Tom and Ginny Futch Ballroom at the University Center Club. The Seminoles played in their school record tying third consecutive NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since the 1993 season while finishing in third place in the ACC standings.
Junior Chris Singleton – who announced earlier in the day that he would be entering his name as an early entry candidate for the 2011 NBA Draft – was presented with three awards including the Charlie Ward Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year Award, the Dave Cowens Chariman of the Boards Award and the award for the top 3-point field goal shooting percentage. Kitchen also earned three awards – the Bob Sura Outstanding Offensive Player Award, the Otto Petty Most Assists Award and the Tip of the Spear Award. The Tip of the Spear Award is presented annually by Hamilton and his staff to the player who exemplifies the qualities of a great teammate and an outstanding student athlete during his career.
Singleton finished his career with a scoring average of 10.5 points per game and an average of 6.2 rebounds per game. He is ranked eighth in school history with 180 steals and fourth in school history with 136 blocked shots and is the only player in school history ranked in the top 10 in both the steals and blocked shots categories.
Freshman Okaro White was also honored three times during the event. He was presented with the First Year Academic Achievement Award, the award as the Seminoles’ top free throw shooter and as Florida State’s Unsung Hero. White averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in playing in all 34 games for Florida State in his first season on the roster. He shot a team leading .828 from the free throw line.
Junior Bernard James – one of the top newcomers in the ACC this season – earned the awards as the Seminoles’ top field goal shooter and the most improved player while sharing the Dave Cowens Chairman of the Boards Award with Singleton. James averaged 8.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and a team leading 2.4 blocked shots per game. He ranked second in the ACC with his 82 blocked shots and 2.4 bpg average. James’s 82 blocked shots are the second highest single season blocked shots total in school history.
Sophomore Michael Snaer, who started 33 of the Seminoles’ 34 games this season, shared the Mr. Hustle and Best 3-Point Field Goal Percentage. Snaer ranked third on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg), tied for second in assists (2.2 apg) and fourth in steals (0.9 spg) while averaging just over 28 minutes played per game and shooting .368 from the 3-point arc. He shared the Mr. Hustle Award with junior Deividas Dulkys who played in 33 of the Seminoles’ 34 games while starting 24 and leading the team in 3-point field goals made with 55.
Junior Luke Loucks (management) was presented with the as the Outstanding Academic Achiever while sophomore Terrance Shannon (interdisciplinary social sciences) earned the Most Improved Student Athlete Award.
“The awards banquet is a great way to end the season,” said Hamilton. “We enjoyed a great season and our players did so many good things as we continue to change the culture of our program. We are very excited about looking to next season because we think we have many of the pieces in place to have another exciting season.”
First Year Academic Achievement Okaro White
Most Improved Student Athlete Terrance Shannon
Outstanding Academic Student Athlete Luke Loucks
Best Field Goal Percentage Bernard James
Mr. Hustle Deividas Dulkys, Michael Snaer
Best 3-point Field Goal Percentage Chris Singleton, Michael Snaer
Best Free Throw Percentage Okaro White
Otto Petty Most Assists Award Derwin Kitchen
Dave Cowens Chairman of The Boards Award Chris Singleton, Bernard James
Charlie Ward Outstanding Defensive Player Chris Singleton
Bob Sura Outstanding Offensive Player Derwin Kitchen
Most Improved Player Bernard James
Unsung Hero Award Okaro White
Tip Of the Spear Award Derwin Kitchen