Jan. 17, 2007
TALLAHASEE, Fla. –
Florida State star forward Al Thornton has been named one of 30 national finalists for the 2007 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award honoring the nation’s top college basketball senior student-athletes. This annual award honors the nation’s premier NCAA Division I college seniors that excel both on and off the court.
The Senior CLASS Award — Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School — was launched during the 2001-02 season to honor attributes of college basketball seniors who remain committed to their university and continue to pursue the many rewards that a senior season can bring. Sponsored by Lowe’s, the award has now been presented to deserving seniors for six years.
Finalists were selected based on personal qualities that define a distinguished student athlete. The areas of evaluation are based on performance in the classroom, on the court and in the community. The greater emphasis on off-court achievement reflects Lowe’s commitment to helping young people build successful careers and encouraging students to use their skills to make an impact in life.
This year’s list of 30 male candidates for the award includes representatives from 29 schools and 15 conferences. The ACC boasts 7 candidates that join Florida State’s Al Thornton on the list.
At the conclusion of last season, Al Thornton admirably passed up the opportunity to enter the NBA draft and instead chose to further his career as a Florida State Seminole. His decision to return to his team for a promising senior season shows his endless commitment and loyalty to his team and university. The All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year Candidate Al Thornton is currently the only player in the ACC’s top 10 in scoring (17.3 ppg), blocked shots (1.35 bpg), offensive rebounds (2.65 orpg), field goal percentage (.547) and free throw percentage (.822). He also ranks in the league’s top 20 in rebounding with 5.9 rpg. He is currently the sixth leading scorer in the ACC for the season and the leading scorer for conference games with 22.7 ppg. His distinction and dominance on the basketball court makes it clear that he is one of the top players in the ACC and in the nation.
On top of his busy basketball and academic schedule, Thornton is actively involved in community activities and regularly gives basketball clinics for children around the city at local Boys and Girls Clubs. One of his primary goals for the future, aside from his obvious hopes for joining the top ranks of the NBA, is to open a home for disadvantaged youth that will allow them to grow and thrive in a loving and nurturing environment. Thornton displays poise and character that is rare in the college world and one thing is for sure, we will be seeing a lot more of this promising young man in the future.
Visit Al Thornton’s website at althornton12.com.