March 30, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Toney Douglas, Florida State’s record breaking point guard who led the Seminoles to their first NCAA Tournament since 1998 and to the ACC Tournament championship for the first time in school history, has been named to the All-American Third Team by the Associated Press. Douglas was an All-ACC First Team selection, the runner-up choice as the ACC Player of the Year and named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year as he scored a single-season school record 751 points this season, while leading the ACC in scoring.
Douglas is the second Seminole to earn All-American Third Team honors in the last three seasons and the third Seminole in school history to earn All-American Third Team honors. Al Thornton, who led the Seminoles in scoring and rebounding in 2007, and George McCloud, who led the Seminoles in scoring and assists in 1989, also earned All-American Third Team honors by the Associated Press. Dave Cowens, who led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 1968, earned All-American Second Team honors by the Sporting News and Converse when he averaged a double-double of 17.8 points and 17.2 rebounds.
Douglas led the Seminoles in nearly every statistical category including total points (751, single-season school record), average points per game (21.5, highest since Tharon Mayes averaged 23.3 points during the 1989-90 season), steals (63 / 1.8 spg), assists (102 / 2.9 apg) and minutes played per game (36.5 mpg).
Douglas, who led the Seminoles in scoring in their final 23 games of the season, became only the fourth player in Seminole basketball history to earn All-ACC First Team honors, the second Seminole in the last two seasons to finish as the ACC Player of the Year runner-up (Al Thornton in 2007) and the first player in school history to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was also named to the ACC Tournament First Team after leading the Seminoles to the championship game for the first time in school history.
“This is a great honor and is an honor that belongs to my teammates and our coaching staff at Florida State,” said Douglas. “Without my teammates I would not have been in position to become a team leader and without our coaches we would not have been as successful as we were this season. I know that as a team we have made Florida State a winning program and that’s how I want people to remember me – as a leader and as a winner.”
Douglas leads the ACC in scoring in overall games (21.5 points per game), led the ACC in conference games only scoring (23.1 points per game), ranks second in the ACC in steals (63), third in the ACC in 3-point field goals made (85), and third in minutes played (36.5 mpg).
Associated Press All-American First Team
Blake Griffin, Oklahoma
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina
DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh
James Harden, Arizona State
Stephen Curry, Davidson
Associated Press All-American Second Team
Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut
Ty Lawson, North Carolina
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
Jodie Meeks, Kentucky
Jerel McNeal, Marquette
Associated Press All-American Third Team
Terrence Williams, Louisville
Sherron Collins, Kansas
Toney Douglas, Florida State
Sam Young, Pittsburgh
Gerald Henderson, Duke