Feb. 27, 2009
Ron King, who led the Florida State men’s basketball team to with one win of the 1972 NCAA National Championship, will have his jersey honored and hung in the rafters of the Donald L. Tucker Center at halftime at Saturday’s game between No. 23 Florida State and No. 12 Clemson. King earned varsity letters in 1971, 72 and 73 and led Florida State to the first NCAA men’s basketball championship game in school history where the Seminoles fell to seven-time defending national champion UCLA on the Bruins’ home court.
King will be honored for his accomplishments during his standout career which still has him featured as one of the highest scoring players in Florida State history. He still holds the single-game school record for points in a single game with 46 (against Georgia Southern on Feb. 11, 1971) and is the 21st leading scorer in school history with 1,252 points.
King was the leading scorer for the 1972 Seminoles, averaging 17.9 points per game that year and 19.6 points per game for his 64-game career at Florida State. An Honorable Mention All-America pick in 1971, he earned third-team All-America honors in 1972 by the Sporting News and was a first-team selection by the Helms Foundation, also, in 1972. That year, he was named to the NCAA Tournament’s All-Midwest Regional Team. He is still tied for the 4th-highest career scoring average in Florida State history. Chosen by the Golden State Warriors in the 4th round of the 1973 NBA Draft, he played instead for the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA in his hometown of Louisville, Ky.
King will be honored during a Seminole basketball alumni reunion weekend while as many as 70 former players, coaches and managers will be honored for their accomplishments as important members of the history of the Seminole program. A total of 11 members of the 1972 National Finalist team including King, assistant coach and current Florida State senator Al Lawson and forward Greg Samuel are scheduled to return to campus for the ceremony. The former players will be honored by the current players during a reception on Friday night and all of the returning alumni will be honored throughout the game with the ceremony to honor King coming at the start of the halftime intermission.