Aug. 4, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Delvon Arrington, the starting point guard for the Florida State University men’s basketball team, hit the biggest basket of his collegiate career today as he was presented with his undergraduate degree in sports management at summer commencement exercises at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. Arrington walked across the stage and was handed his degree by University President Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte in the same arena in which he stars for the Seminoles’ basketball team.
By earning his degree, Arrington was granted an additional year of eligibility and is the starting point guard for the 2001-02 Seminole men’s basketball team. Citing NCAA rule 220.127.116.11, Florida State asked for and received the fourth year of collegiate eligibility for Arrington. Arrington has been a starter for the Seminoles for the last three after sitting out his first year in Tallahassee because he did not qualify academically to participate as a freshman. He completed requirements for his bachelor’s degree in sports management following the first session of summer school at Florida State. In doing so he is the first men’s basketball player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to enter school as a partial qualifier, earn his bachelor’s degree in four years, and earn his fourth year of eligibility back.
“I feel great because this is a goal that I set for myself when I first came to Florida State,” said Arrington moments after the ceremony. “This is a very big accomplishment in my life and I am just happy for everything that has happened to me since I came to school as a freshman.”
Arrington (Hillside, N.J./St. Anthony’s) enters his senior season well within reach of several Florida State and ACC milestones.
Arrington is currently ranked third on Florida State’s all-time assist list with 506 and needs only 97 to become the all-time Seminole career leader. In addition, he enters his final collegiate season as the ACC’s active career leader with 506 assists, which ranks him third in the nation among all players returning for the 2001-02 season. He needs only 32 assists to tie Brian Oliver of Georgia Tech (1987-90) for 25th place on the all ACC’s all-time assist list and enters the 2002 season ranked 14th all-time in the ACC with a 5.69 assists per game mark. He enters his final season ranked 18th in league history (and third among active ACC players) with a 1.84 steals per game average (164 steals in 89 career games)
Arrington also enters his senior season ranked sixth in school history with 159 career steals and needs only 78 steals to move past Charlie Ward to become the school’s all-time chief thief. He has scored 844 career points and needs only 156 to become the 33rd player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points.
“This is a wonderful accomplishment for Delvon and his family and we are very proud of him,” said Seminoles’ Head Coach Steve Robinson. “Delvon’s accomplishments in the classroom have allowed him to reach one of his highest personal goals – earning his degree. Earning his degree also allows him to continue to excel as one of the top point guards in collegiate basketball for the upcoming season.”
Arrington will begin working toward earning his master’s degree in sports management when the fall academic semester begins on Aug. 27. He begins his senior season on the basketball court Nov. 16 against Florida in Gainesville.