TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Jonathan Isaac, who helped guide the Seminoles to a 3-0 record last week, has been named the ACC Freshman of the Week for the first time in his career. Isaac’s stellar week helped Florida State improve to 4-0 and moved the Seminoles into the national rankings for the first time since they were ranked 24th in the preseason poll to begin the 2012-13 season. Florida State is ranked 25th in this week’s Associated Press weekly poll of the top 25 teams in college basketball.
Isaac’s selection marked the ninth time in the last two seasons that a Seminole had been named ACC Freshman of the Week. Current sophomore Dwayne Bacon won the award five times last season and Malik Beasley, a first round NBA Draft pick of the Denver Nuggets in 2016, earned the award three times during the 2015-16 season.
Isaac closed out the week by averaging team-highs in points (16.0), rebounds (7.0) and 3-point field goal percentage (.455) while totaling four assists, three blocked shots and three steals as Florida State won three games last week to improve to 4-0 for the first time since the 2013-14 season. Isaac made team-highs in field (18) and 3-point shots made (five) posted the first double-double of his career and played an average of 24.3 minutes per game as Florida State defeated Iona, Winthrop and Detroit Mercy.
Isaac posted the first 20-point scoring game of his career with a 20-point, six-rebound, two-steal and one-blocked shot performance in Florida State’s 99-78 win over Iona to open the week. He led the team in scoring as he as six of eight field goals, two of three 3-point shots and six of seven free throws. Isaac totaled 14 of his 20 points in the second half as Florida State increased its lead to 26 in earning the win.
Isaac earned his first career double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds as Florida State defeated Detroit Mercy 100-71. He shot 7 of 12 from the field (.583), totaled two assists, one blocked shot and one steal in the win. His 10 rebounds ranked as the team and game high as Florida State hit the 100-point plateau for the first of two times during the week.
Isaac totaled 14 points on five made field goals and three made 3-point field goals as Florida State defeated Winthrop, 100-86. He scored eight first half points and six in the second half and has scored in double figures in each of the first four games of his Seminole career.
Through his first four games of the season, Isaac is shooting .564 from the field, .467 from the 3-point line and .700 from the free throw line. He is first on the team in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and second on the team in scoring (14.5 ppg).
Florida State will play as a ranked team for the first time since the 2012 NCAA Tournament when it travels to play Temple in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals on Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day) at 12:30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Seminoles will play in the championship/consolation round of the event on Friday, Nov 25 at either 12:30 or 3:00 p.m. against either No. 17 West Virginia or Illinois.
Florida State returns to the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m. at it plays host to Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.