March 4, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Senior guards Delvon Arrington and Monte Cummings, who helped lead the Florida State men’s basketball team to victories over No. 1 ranked Duke and No. 15 ranked Virginia this season, earned All-ACC honorable mention honors as announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association. It marks the first time either member of the Seminole backcourt has earned All-ACC honors.
Arrington enters the 2002 ACC Tournament ranked third in the ACC in assists per game (6.37), seventh in assist:turnover ratio (1.61:1) and 25th in scoring (11.0 ppg). It marks the fourth consecutive season Arrington has ranked in the league’s top three in assists. He has a near single-season career-high 172 assists and will become the first player in Seminole history to lead the team in assists in four consecutive seasons. He is the all-time Florida State career leader with 678 assists.
Cummings is currently ranked third in the ACC in field goal shooting percentage (54.0), sixth in free throw shooting percentage (77.8) and 11th in scoring (15.3 ppg). All are career-high statistics for the senior guard. Cummings is joined by only Duke’s Carlos Boozer, NC State’s Anthony Grundy and Wake Forest’s Darius Songaila as the four players ranked in the top-11 of the ACC statistics in field goal shooting and free throw shooting percentage and per game scoring average. Cummings has scored in double figures in 22 of 26 overall games, 14 of 16 ACC games and has scored in double figures against all eight conference opponents at least once this season.
It marks the first time two Seminoles have earned All-ACC honors since the 2000 season when Damous Anderson and Ron Hale earned All-ACC third team honors. Bob Sura, in 1994, is Florida State’s only All-ACC first team selection.
The Seminoles have won more games overall and as many games in conference as compared to last season, defeated the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, beaten two teams ranked in the nation’s top-15 and received votes for the Associated Press poll during the week of Jan. 7-13. The Seminoles were ranked 37th in the nation following their victory over No. 1 ranked Duke on Jan. 6.
Florida State plays Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament Thursday at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C.