Oct. 20, 2010
CHARLOTTE, N.C. –
The Florida State men’s basketball team was picked to finish in fifth place in the 2011 ACC standings and junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton was named to the preseason All-ACC First Team by the attending media at the annual ACC Operation Basketball held at both the Renaissance Hotel and the ESPNU Studios. It marked the second time since the 2005 season that the Seminoles have been selected to finish among the top five teams in the ACC.
Defending national champion Duke was a nearly unanimous preseason choice to win the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils earned 61 of a possible 62 first-place votes and Blue Devil senior Kyle Singler – the most outstanding player at last year’s Final Four – was named as the preseason player of the year. Virginia Tech, led by all-ACC pick Malcolm Delaney, was picked second. North Carolina was voted third following last year’s struggles, and had the league’s predicted rookie of the year in freshman Harrison Barnes. North Carolina State was picked fourth, followed by Florida State, Maryland, Clemson, Miami, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Virginia and Wake Forest.
Florida State, which finished in third place in the league standings with a 10-6 record in conference play in 2010, is one of only two tams in the ACC to have finished in the top four of the league standings in both of the last two seasons. Only the Seminoles and Duke earned top four finishes and the first round ACC Tournament bye that goes along with a top four finish in the league standings in both 2009 and 2010. Florida State played in its first ever ACC Tournament championship game in 2009.
“I really like our team this season,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton following the event. “We have a number of very talented players who have worked very hard to prepare themselves for this season and we are excited to get the season under way. This league is the toughest in the nation on an annual basis and we are going to work to put ourselves in a good position during the league schedule.”
Singleton, the league’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the pre-season All-ACC team along with Singler, Malcolm Delaney of Virginia Tech, Nolan Smith of Duke and Tracy Smith of NC State. Singleton played with both Singler and Smith on the US Select team this past summer.
“It’s an honor to be named to the pre-season All-ACC team,” said Singleton. “It is great recognition for our team but I have to prove myself along with my teammates in each and every game this season to have a successful season. It doesn’t matter if it’s me or one or more of my teammates who might earn All-ACC honors at the end of the season – it only matters to me if we reach our goals as a team.”
The Seminoles will play two exhibition games – Nov. 3 against Rollins College and Nov.9 against Mid-Continent University – before opening the regular season against North Florida on Nov. 12 at home at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
2010-11 ACC Basketball Predicted Order of Finish
Place Team (FPV) Total Points
1. Duke (61) 743
2. Virginia Tech 632
3. North Carolina (1) 622
4. NC State 526
5. Florida State 496
6. Maryland 432
7. Clemson 335
8. Miami 305
9. Georgia Tech 274
10. Boston College 173
11. Virginia 164
12. Wake Forest 134
2010-11 ACC Preseason All-Conference Team Kyle Singler, Duke, 62 (unanimous) Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech, 61 Nolan Smith, Duke, 55 Tracy Smith, NC State, 45 Chris Singleton, Duke, 292010-11 ACC Preseason Player of the Year Kyle Singler, Duke (38 of 62 votes)2010-11 ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year
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