TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon (All-ACC Second Team), Jonathan Isaac (All-ACC Freshman Team, All-ACC Honorable Mention) and Xavier Rathan-Mayes (All-ACC Defensive Team) were all honored as the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its post season all conference men’s basketball teams on Sunday.
Bacon, Isaac and Rathan-Mayes have helped lead the Seminoles to the most successful regular season in school history with a 24-7 overall record and a 12-6 mark in ACC play. The Seminoles finished in second place in the ACC standings and earned the No. 2 seed in this week’s ACC Tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Florida State will play its first game in the ACC Tournament on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles earned one of four double-byes in the event by virtue of their second place finish in the league standings and could face either Boston College, Virginia Tech or Wake Forest in their first game.
The No. 15 Seminoles have won a team-record 24 regular season, tied the school record with 12 ACC regular season victories, finished a perfect 18-0 at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center (including 9-0 in ACC play) and have been nationally ranked during 13 of the 17 weeks of the regular season. Florida State was ranked No. 6 nationally during week 12 of the regular season and has been ranked in the nation’s top 20 in both major national polls in each of the last 10 weeks.
“I am tremendously proud of every player on our team,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “The one thing that I am proudest of is the incredible chemistry amongst our players. We asked our guys to share playing time throughout the season and they have done that. I think their unselfish spirit and comradery has been one of the big reasons why we have been able to enjoy this season so much.”
Bacon, who leads the Seminoles in scoring (career-high 16.8 ppg) and 3-point shots made (career-high 57 3FG made), was named to the All-ACC Second Team. He received the sixth-highest number of votes in the polling for the three all-ACC teams – giving him the highest number of votes of the five players named to the All-ACC Second Team. Bacon scored his career-high of 29 points (including the game-winning 3-point shot) in Florida State’s 60-58 victory over then No. 11 Virginia (December 31) and totaled 29 in the Seminoles’ 109-61 win over Clemson (February 5). He enters the ACC tournament having scored in double figures in 30 of 31 games including the first 26 games of the season.
Bacon was named the ACC Player of the Week and the Lute Olson National Player of the Week on January 2, 2017 following his buzzer-beating heroics against Virginia. He was a finalist for the Naismith, Wooden and Robertson awards as the National Player of the Year as well as the Julius Erving award as the nation’s top small forward. Bacon earned All-ACC Freshman team honors in 2016.
Isaac, who leads the Seminoles in rebounding (7.2 rpg) and blocked shots (1.5 bpg), earned All-ACC Honorable Mention and All-ACC Freshman team honors. He was one of three freshmen who earned All-ACC honors (Dennis Smith, Jr., NC State, All-ACC Second-Team and Jayson Tatum, Duke, All-ACC Third-Team). Isaac finished first with Smith in the voting for the All-ACC freshman team as both players earned 51 votes each. He finished fifth in the voting for the ACC Freshman of the Year.
Isaac is a two-time ACC Rookie of the Week selection (November 21 and January 23), was named to the Karl Malone Award list as the nation’s top power forward and was on the midseason watch list for the Wayman Tisdale Award. The Tisdale Award is presented the nation’s top freshman. Isaac is the freshmen leader in the ACC in rebounds and double-doubles (six).
Isaac’s selection to the All-ACC Freshman team marks the third consecutive year at least one Seminoles has been named to the team. Rathan-Mayes was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team in 2015 while Bacon and Malik Beasley were named to the All-ACC Freshman team in 2016. A total of seven Seminoles have been named to the All-ACC Freshman team under Hamilton.
Rathan-Mayes was named to the All-ACC Defensive team and finished fifth in the voting for the ACC Defensive Player of the year. He is considered by many of the ACC coaches to be the top on-ball and perimeter defender in the conference and averages nearly one steal per game. Rathan-Mayes has proven to be one of the top point guards in the ACC as he leads the league in assist:turnover ratio and is fifth with his career-high 4.9 apg average. Rathan-Mayes is the leader among point guards in the ACC with the fewest turnovers in ACC play (26 in 18 games).
For Rathan-Mayes it marks the third time during his career that he has been honored as an All-ACC performer. He earned All-ACC Honorable Mention and All-ACC Freshman team honors in 2015. Rathan-Mayes was named the ACC Rookie of the Week twice during his freshman season (2014-15).
The ACC Tournament begins on Tuesday with three games and continues through the championship game on Saturday night. The Seminoles’ quarterfinal round opponent will come into focus beginning Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. as Virginia Tech (the No. 7 seed) plays the winner of Tuesday’s game between No. 10 Wake Forest and No. 15 Boston College.
Florida State’s quarterfinal round game will begin at 7:00 on Thursday and can been seen on either ESPN (national coverage) or the ACC Network (regional coverage).
1ST-TEAM, School, Points
Luke Kennard, Duke, *265
Justin Jackson, North Carolina, 256
John Collins, Wake Forest, 255
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame, 253
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville, 231
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State, 141
Dennis Smith, NC State, 126
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech, 109
Joel Berry II, North Carolina, 102
London Perrantes, Virginia, 90
Michael Young, Pittsburgh, 85
Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson, 67
Andrew White, Syracuse, 67
Davon Reed, Miami (FL), 66
Jayson Tatum, Duke, 51
Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina, 34
Matt Farrell, Notre Dame, 25
Zach LeDay, Virginia Tech, 24
Jerome Robinson, Boston College, 23
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State, 20
Seth Allen, Virginia Tech, 18
Jamel Artis, Pittsburgh, 17
V.J. Beachem, Notre Dame, 12
Steve Vasturia, Notre Dame, 11
Tyler Lydon, Syracuse, 10
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech, 50
Isaiah Wilkins, Virginia, 41
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville, 39
Davon Reed, Miami (FL), 25
Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State, 19
Matt Jones, Duke, 19
Dennis Smith, NC State, 51
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State, 51
Jayson Tatum, Duke, 50
Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech, 49
Ky Bowman, Boston College, 32
ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Justin Jackson, North Carolina, 24
John Collins, Wake Forest, 15
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame, 8
Luke Kennard, Duke, 5
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville, 1
ACC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Dennis Smith, NC State, 36
Jayson Tatum, Duke, 8
Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech, 3
Ky Bowman, Boston College, 3
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State, 3
ACC COACH OF THE YEAR
Josh Pastner, Georgia Tech, 24
Roy Williams, North Carolina, 8
Mike Brey, Notre Dame, 7
Leonard Hamilton, Florida State, 4
Danny Manning, Wake Forest, 3
Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech, 3
Jim Larrañaga, Miami (FL), 2
Rick Pitino, Louisville, 2
ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech, 37
Isaiah Wilkins, Virginia, 6
Kamari Murphy, Miami (FL), 4
Matt Jones, Duke, 3
Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State, 1
Dennis Smith, NC State, 1
Steve Vasturia, Notre Dame, 1
ACC MOST IMPROVED
John Collins, Wake Forest, 26
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech, 15
Matt Farrell, Notre Dame, 9
Justin Jackson, North Carolina, 1
Luke Kennard, Duke, 1
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville, 1
ACC SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Seth Allen, Virginia Tech, 43
Tadric Jackson, Georgia Tech, 4
Frank Jackson, Duke, 3
Marcquise Reed, Clemson, 2
Markell Johnson, NC State, 1