April 12, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski, who led the Florida State men’s basketball team to eight victories over nationally ranked teams including the first victory over a No. 1 ranked team in school history during their careers, were honored at the annual men’s basketball banquet at the Tom and Ginny Futch Ballroom at the University Center Club. Both players were recognized with their varsity letter winner certificates and senior awards with Richardson earning an award for the best free throw shooter and Waleskowski winning the award as the Seminoles’ top 3-point shooter and top rebounder. It marked the second consecutive year Richardson earned the free throw shooting award and the second consecutive year Waleskowski earned the rebounding award.
During the season, the Seminoles defeated four teams — a No. 2 seed (Wake Forest), a No. 4 seed (Florida), a No. 8 seed (Minnesota) and a No. 10 seed (NC State) – which played in the NCAA Tournament and played 21 of their 31 games against teams who played in either the NCAA or NIT Tournaments. Florida State’s biggest victory of the season came against No. 3 ranked Wake Forest on Jan. 18 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles defeated the Demon Deacons 91-83 in overtime to mark the 13th consecutive season Florida State has defeated at least one ranked team.
Richardson (Raleigh, N.C.) earned one of the two awards during the banquet for free throw shooting. He shot a career-high .822 from the line during his senior season including a five-of six performance in the Seminoles’ late season victory over Virginia. He closed the season on a torrid streak as he made nine of his last ten free throws over the course of the final three games of the season. Richardson closed his career ranked 11th in school history with a four-year career mark of .772.
Richardson closed his career ranked sixth in school history with 119 career games played, 11th with 84 blocked shots, 22nd with 95 career steals, 24th with 63 career 3-point field goals made and 25th with 223 career free throws made.
Waleskowski (Kettering, Ohio) became the first back-to-back winner of the Dave Cowens Rebounding Award since Douglas Edwards during the 1992 and 1993 seasons. He pulled down a 136 rebounds for a 4.4 rebounds per game average after leading the Seminoles with a 5.4 rebounds per game average as a junior. He pulled down his career high of 14 rebounds against Maryland on Dec. 19, 2004 and finished his career with 471 rebounds. Waleskowski also earned the award for best 3-point field goal percentage award. He led the team with career-high .420 mark.
In addition to tying the school record for games played in a career with 122, Waleskowski finished his career ranked 18th in school history with 55 blocked shots and 27th with 48 career 3-point shots made. He pulled down nearly 500 rebounds (471 for a 3.9 rpg average) and dished out 101 career assists.
Sophomore Al Thornton (Perry, Ga.) earned two awards as he was named the Seminoles’ Most Improved Player and earned the award for top field goal shooting percentage. He more than tripled his scoring average (9.1-2.8) and more than doubled his rebounding average (4.4-1.8) as a sophomore as compared to his freshman season and shot a career-high .543 from the field. Thornton scored his career-high of 26 points in the Seminoles upset victory over Wake Forest in January. Junior Todd Galloway (Baltimore, Md.) was also a double-winner as he earned the Otto Petty Most Assists Award (for the second time in his career) and the Most Improved Student Athlete Award as was junior Andrew Wilson (Kennesaw, Ga.) who earned the Charlie Ward Outstanding Defensive Player Award and the award as the Seminoles’ Outstanding Student Athlete.
First Year Academic Achievement Award Jason Rich
Most Improved Student Athlete Award Todd Galloway
Outstanding Student Athlete Award Andrew Wilson
Best Field Goal Percentage Award Al Thornton
Best 3-Point Field Goal Percentage Adam Waleskowski
Best Free Throw Percentage Award Ralph Mims
Best Free Throw Percentage Award Anthony Richardson
Otto Petty Most Assists Award Todd Galloway
Dave Cowens Chairman of the Boards Award Adam Waleskowski
Bob Sura Leading Scorer Award Von Wafer
Charlie Ward Outstanding Defensive Player Award Andrew Wilson
Most Improved Player Award Al Thornton
Lettermen’s Certificates Anthony Richardson
Senior Plaque Awards Anthony Richardson