March 30, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
Florida State University senior forward Al Thornton, who led the ACC in scoring with a 19.7 points per game average, has been named to the All-America Third-Team by Collegehoops.net. He is the second Seminole player and first since Bobby Sura during the 1993-94 season to lead the ACC in scoring. Thornton led the nation’s top rated conference in overall scoring with his career-high 19.7 points per game average and led the conference in ACC games only scoring with a 23.5 points per game scoring average.
Thornton scored a near school-record 690 points in a school-record tying 35 games to earn his career-high average of 19.7 points per game. He scored double-figures in all 35 games for the Seminoles and was the only player in the ACC who scored in double figures in each of his teams’ games during the 2006-07 season. Thornton also led the league in 20+ points scoring games (18) and scored a league high of 45 points against Miami on March 3. His 45 point performance against the Hurricanes ranks as the second-highest scoring effort in school history behind only Ron King’s 46-point performance against Georgia Southern on Feb. 11, 1971.
Thornton scored at least 30 points twice during the season – his career-high 45 point performance against Miami and a 30-point scoring total on the road at Virginia on Feb. 17. He was one of only five ACC players who scored at least 30 points twice during the season and one of only two league players (also Zabian Dowdell of Virginia Tech) who scored at least 30 points in two games against another ACC team.
Thornton scored 376 of his 690 points on the season and averaged a league-high 23.5 points in the Seminoles’ 16 ACC games. He scored nearly 55 percent of his points for the season in 16 ACC games (376 of 690) as compared to just over 45 percent of his point total in 19 non-ACC regular season games (314 of 690). He was the only player in the league who averaged more than 20 points per game in conference play during the 2006-07 season.
Thornton pulled down a career-high 7.2 rebounds per game to rank eighth among all conference players in rebounding. He ranked tied for ninth in the league with six games of 10 rebounds or more and he had six double-doubles to tie for eighth among all league players. Thornton led the league in conference games only rebounding with an 8.8 per game average. He pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds against Maryland on Feb. 21.
Thornton also finished his record breaking season ranked fifth in the league in field goal shooting percentage (.530), seventh in free throw shooting percentage (.790), eighth in blocked shots (1.14), 10th in steals (1.51) and fifth in offensive rebounds per game (3.03).
CollegeHoops.Net First-Team CollegeHoops.Net Second-Team CollegeHoops.Net Third-Team Acie Law, IV (Texas A&M) Arron Afflalo (UCLA) Aaron Brooks (Oregon) Alando Tucker (Wisconsin) Chris Lofton (Tennessee) Sean Singletary (Virginia) Kevin Durant (Texas) Jared Dudley (Boston College) Al Thornton (Florida State) Nick Fazekas (Nevada) Tyler Hansbrough (N. Carolina) Al Horford (Florida) Greg Oden (Ohio State) Aaron Gray (Pitt) Joakim Noah (Florida)