March 9, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State’s Toney Douglas has earned All-ACC First-Team and All-ACC Defensive team honors while Seminole freshman Solomon Alabi has been named to the All-ACC Freshman and All-ACC Defensive teams in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Douglas and Alabi, along with their teammates, have led the Seminoles to a 23-8 record and a fourth place finish in the ACC standings with a 10-6 record. The Seminoles’ 23 victories are the most since the 1992-93 season when Florida State came within one game of playing in the second NCAA Final Four in school history and finished with a 25-10 record. The Seminoles’ 10-6 ACC record and fourth place league finish marks the first time the Seminoles have earned a bye in the conference tournament and is the most wins in ACC play since the 1992-93 season when Florida State finished in second place with a 12-4 league mark.
It marks the second All-ACC selection in two years for Douglas who was a an All-ACC Third-Team selection in 2008 and marks his second consecutive selection to the All-ACC Defensive team. Alabi, who was injured and was granted a medical redshirt in 2008, is the fifth player in school history to be named to the All-ACC Freshman team and the first freshman in school history to be named to the ACC All-Freshman team. It also marks the first time that two Seminoles have been named to the All-ACC Defensive team in the same season.
Douglas is the fourth Seminole in school history to earn All-ACC First-Team honors. He joins Seminole greats Bob Sura (1993-94), Tim Pickett (2003-04) and Al Thornton (2006-07) as All-ACC First-Team selections during their careers. Douglas, Pickett and Thornton have all been recruited and coached by Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton.
Douglas is the second leading scorer in the ACC with a career-high 20.8 points per game average and leads the ACC in conference games only scoring with a 23.1 points per game scoring average. He has scored in double figures in 19 consecutive games and has scored at least 18 points in all 16 of the Seminoles’ ACC games this season.
“It’s a great honor to be named to the All-ACC First team and to the ACC All-Defensive team,” said Douglas. “It’s more of a credit to my teammates and our coaching staff because without them I would not in a position to win any awards. My teammates bring the best out of me each and every day and I proudly share every award that I might be blessed to win with my them.”
Alabi, who leads the ACC in blocked shots, has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week twice this season and is looking to become the first ACC freshman to lead the league in blocked shots since Chris Bosh of Georgia Tech in 2003. Only six freshmen have led the ACC in blocked shots since the NCAA began keeping blocked shots as a statistic in 1977.
Alabi is ranked fourth among all freshmen in the ACC in scoring with an 8.2 points per game average, fourth with a 5.7 rebounds per game average and tied for third with two double-doubles. He has at least one blocked shot in 17 consecutive games and in all 16 of Florida State’s ACC games this season. His 67 blocked shots are only eight away from establishing a Seminole freshmen record for blocked shots.
Douglas and Alabi are the third and fourth All-ACC Defensive team selections in school history joining Pickett (2003-04) and Douglas last season.
Seminole freshman Chris Singleton, who is ranked eighth overall in the league in steals with 51 and ninth overall in blocked shots with 38, was the only honorable mention selection to the All-ACC Freshman team.
Florida State, which is ranked a season-high 22nd in both major national polls this week, will play the winner of Thursday’s game between fifth-seeded Clemson and 12th-seeded Georgia Tech on Friday at 2:30 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
2009 All-ACC Men’s Basketball Teams & Individual Awards
(76 Total Votes)
(1st Team Vote – 3 points; 2nd Team Vote – 2 points; 3rd Team Vote – 1 point)
First Team Points Tyler Hansbrough, Sr., North Carolina* 228 Toney Douglas, Sr., Florida State 226 Ty Lawson, Jr., North Carolina 224 Gerald Henderson, Jr., Duke 210 Jack McClinton, Sr., Miami 188 *unanimous 1st team
Second Team Points Jeff Teague, So., Wake Forest 185 Trevor Booker, Jr., Clemson 156 Tyrese Rice, Sr., Boston College 151 Kyle Singler, So., Duke 128 Greivis Vasquez, Jr., Maryland 116
Third Team Points James Johnson, So., Wake Forest 100 Malcolm Delaney, So., Virginia Tech 83 A.D. Vassallo, Sr., Virginia Tech 81 Danny Green, Sr., North Carolina 48 Gani Lawal, So., Georgia Tech 46
Honorable Mention (15 or more points) Points Wayne Ellington, Jr., North Carolina 41 K.C. Rivers, Sr., Clemson 33 Sylven Landesberg, Fr., Virginia 15
ALL-FRESHMAN Votes Sylven Landesberg, Virginia* 76 Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest* 76 Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech 70 Solomon Alabi, Florida State 59 Ed Davis, North Carolina 55 *unanimous
Honorable Mention (15 or more votes) Votes Chris Singleton, Florida State 21
Honorable Mention (15 or more votes) Votes Ty Lawson, Jr., North Carolina 20 Gani Lawal, So., Georgia Tech 17 Courtney Fells, Sr., NC State 16 Gerald Henderson, Jr., Duke 15