March 5, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State junior Michael Snaer, who has hit two of the biggest shots in college basketball this season, has earned All-ACC Second Team honors and Snaer and senior Bernard James were both named to the ACC All-Defensive Team as voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It marks the second time in his career that Snaer earned an ACC postseason honor – he was named to the ACC All-Freshmen Team in 2010. It is the first time Saner and James have been named to the All-Defensive team.
Snaer’s selection to the All-ACC team marks the seventh consecutive season that at least one Seminole has been named to the All-ACC team and the ninth time in 10 seasons under head coach Leonard Hamilton that at least one Florida State player has earned All-ACC honors. A total of 12 players have earned All ACC honors under Hamilton who has developed the third winningest program in the ACC during his tenure. The Seminoles finished in third place in the ACC standings this season and have finished in the top four of the ACC standings in a school record four consecutive seasons.
Snaer enters the ACC Tournament averaging a career high 14.1 points per game and a career-high 3.9 rebounds per game while helping the Seminoles to a 21-9 overall record and a 12-4 mark in ACC player. The Seminoles’ 21 wins is the fourth consecutive season the Seminoles have won at least 21 games while their 12 ACC wins ties the school record for ACC wins in a season.
Snaer made game winning buzzer beating shots against both then No. 4 Duke on Jan. 21 in Durham and at home against Virginia Tech on Feb. 16. His shot at the buzzer against Duke gave Florida State a 76-73 win and broke Duke’s 54-game home court winning streak while his shot against the Hokies with 2.6 seconds left in the game gave the Seminoles a 48-47 lead and allowed them to stay in the race for the ACC regular season championship late in to the month of February.
“This award is just like the pass Luke Loucks gave to me to set up the game winning shot against Duke – it’s a team award and I want all of my teammates to share it,” said Snaer. “One of coach Hamilton’s philosophy’s this season is that we win as a team and everything we have achieved thus far this season has been because we have played as a team. This award is certainly a team award.”
It’s the first time James has been honored as a member of the All-ACC teams. James enters the ACC Tournament averaging a career-high 10.4 points, a career-high a team leading and a career-high a team leading 2.3 blocked shots per game.
Defensively, Saner and James have helped the Seminoles develop into one of the nation’s top defensive teams. Their selections to the ACC All-Defensive team marks the fifth consecutive season that at least one Seminole player has made up the ACC’s team of top defenders. Florida State is ranked sixth nationally in field goal percentage defense and eighth in the nation in blocked shots. The Seminoles rank first in the ACC in field goal percentage defense, first in steals, second in blocked shots, second in rebounding and third in scoring defense.
Under Hamilton, the Seminoles are looking to lead the ACC in field goal percentage for the fourth consecutive season – a feat never accomplished by any team in the 59 year history of the ACC. The Seminoles held their opponents to a .361 field goal shooting percentage a year ago – the lowest defensive percentage by any ACC team since 1961 and are holding their opponents to a .379 shooting mark this season.
“We are very happy for Michael and Bernard – they are two very deserving players,” said Hamilton. “All of our players are enjoying very productive seasons and each one of them has elevated us to the level we are at entering the ACC Tournament. We are going to continue to need the outstanding efforts of all of our players as we move forward into the postseason. We need to win by committee and we have done a good job of understanding that concept throughout the season.”
Florida State enters the 59th Annual ACC Tournament as the No. 3 seed and will face the winner of Thursday night’s game between No. 6 Miami and No. 11 Georgia Tech in the quarterfinal round on Friday night at approximately 9:30 p.m.
All-ACC First Team Tyler Zeller, North Carolina Mike Scott, Virginia John Henson, North Carolina Austin Rivers, Duke Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
All-ACC Second Team Kendall Marshall, North Carolina Terrell Stoglin, Maryland Michael Snaer, Florida State C.J. Leslie, NC State Erick Green, Virginia Tech
All-ACC Third Team Seth Curry, Duke C.J. Harris, Wake Forest Lorenzo Brown, NC State Kenny Kadji, Miami Mason Plumlee, Duke
All-ACC Honorable Mention Bernard James, Florida State Andre Young, Clemson Travis McKie, Wake Forest Durand Scott, Miami