June 24, 2011
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – When David Stern called Chris Singleton’s name Thursday night on ESPN, he did more than announce the Washington Wizards’ second first-round selection of the 2011 NBA Draft.
Like Babe Ruth stepping to the plate with his bat purposefully aimed in the direction of the cheap seats, Stern, the NBA’s commissioner, may have well called a “triple” for the Seminoles: three major professional sports, three FSU first-round draft selections.
Leveling his 6-foot-9 frame out on stage as he posed for pictures in his new Wizards hat, Singleton achieved not only a personal dream of making it to the NBA but a new achievement for the entire Florida State athletics department. By earning a No. 18 overall selection, the NBA draft’s best defensive prospect joined former ‘Noles Christian Ponder (NFL/12th/Minnesota Vikings) and Sean Gilmartin (MLB/28th/Atlanta Braves) in making FSU the only NCAA program in the entire country this year to have a first-round selection in each of those professional drafts.
Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time the Seminoles have connected on this type of “triple.” Singleton’s selection marks the fourth time in school history that the NFL, MLB and NBA have taken an FSU student-athlete in the opening round of their respective drafts.
Chris Singleton (Washington Wizards)
|Sean Gilmartin (Atlanta Braves)||Christian Ponder (Minnesota Vikings)|
|1995||Bob Sura (Cleveland Cavaliers)|
David Yocum (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Jonathan Johnson (Texas Rangers)
Derrick Alexander (Minnesota Vikings)
Devin Bush (Atlanta Falcons)
Derrick Brooks (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
|1994||Charlie Ward (New York Knicks)||Paul Wilson (Cincinnati Reds)||William Floyd (San Francisco 49ers)|
Doug Edwards (Atlanta Hawks)
Sam Cassell (Houston Rockets)
|John Wasdin (Oakland A’s)||Marvin Jones (New York Jets)|