Dec. 25, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State freshman guard Aaron Thomas, who averaged 17.0 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting .500 from the field (11 of 22) and .857 from the free throw line (12 of 14) as he played 68 total minutes (34.0 mpg) in two Seminole to two wins last week, was named the ACC Rookie of the Week, an award he shared with Oliver Hanlan of Boston College. Thomas made the first start of his career (in Florida State’s win over Louisiana Monroe), made seven consecutive free throws and scored 22 of his 34 points (65 percent) for the week in the second halves of the Seminoles’ two wins which raised their record to 7-4 with two non-conference games remaining before opening conference play at Clemson on January 5. It marked the first time Thomas has won the award.
Thomas scored 17 points (nine in the second half) on six of 12 shooting from the field (.500) and a perfect five of five shooting from the free throw line (1.000) in his first career start in helping Florida State to a win over Louisiana Monroe. Thomas single-handedly gave the Seminoles a halftime lead (30-25) as he scored each of Florida State’s final eight points of the first half. His scoring streak took Florida State from ahead by two (22-20) with 5:09 remaining before halftime to ahead by five (30-25) at the break. He then scored four of the Seminoles’ first six points of the second half to increase Florida State’s lead to 10.
Thomas played 32 minutes in his first career start against Louisiana Monroe and was not charged with a turnover while pulling down six rebounds and earing one steal.
Thomas closed the week as he scored 17 points (13 in the second half) on five of 10 shooting from the field (.500) and seven of nine shooting from the free throw line (.778) while playing a career high 36 minutes in the Seminoles’ road win at Charlotte. He was four of five from the field and five of seven from the free throw line in the second half. Thomas started the second half, played all 20 minutes, was charged with only one turnover and totaled one blocked shot and one steal as Florida State gained the come-from-behind win over the previously once-beaten 49ers.
After Florida State took the lead for good at the 15:31 mark of the second half, Thomas scored 11 of the Seminoles’ final 33 points while not coming out of the game as Florida State rallied to win on the road. Twice he scored four consecutive points and scored the Seminoles’ final point of the game on a free throw with three seconds remaining which forced Charlotte to have to play for the tie on a long range 3-point shot. Defensively, Thomas helped force Charlotte into nine second half turnovers, helped limit the 49ers to 36 points and helped limit Charlotte’s point guard to four points and only one assist in the second half.
Thomas is now Florida State’s fourth leading scorer (8.1 ppg), is ranked second on the team in free throw shooting (.818 percent) and is one of only two Seminole freshman who has started at least one game.
Florida State travels to play Tulsa in the Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Dec. 29 at 2:00 p.m.