March 7, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State University junior Chris Singleton has been named to the All-ACC Third Team and to the ACC All-Defensive team as voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It marks the second consecutive season Singleton has earned All-ACC Third Team and All-Defensive team honors.
Singleton, who has missed the last five games after successful surgery on his right foot on Feb. 14, is ranked 12th in the ACC in scoring with a career-high 13.8 points per game average, ninth in the ACC with a career-high 7.1 rebounds per game average, second in the ACC with a 2.1 steals per game average and eighth in the ACC with a 1.6 blocked shots per game average. He was injured against Virginia on Feb. 12 and is expected to return to the line-up during the post season.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be named All-ACC in two of the first three years of my career,” said Singleton. “Our coaches and my teammates deserve this recognition as much as I do; they have continued to work hard and have helped make our team successful in my absence. I’m working as hard as I can to get back onto the court for the postseason so I can help make this an even more successful than it already has been. We are not content with finishing in third place and we know as a team that there is a lot more basketball to be played this season.”
Entering the ACC Tournament, Singleton is the ONLY player in the ACC to rank in the top 10 in the ACC in BOTH blocked shots and steals. He is the only player in the last three seasons to rank in the top 10 for blocks and steals in each season. Additionally, Singleton has earned 53 steals this season – he now has at least 50 steals in each of his first three seasons as a Seminole. Singleton’s 178 career steals rank as the eighth most of any player in Florida State history.
Singleton’s defensive efforts have helped the Seminoles become the nation’s top ranked defensive team. The Seminoles are ranked No. 1 nationally in field goal percentage defense and are ranked in the top 25 in blocked shots and rebound margin.
Singleton earned the 25th TRIPLE DOUBLE in ACC history (and the third in school history) of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals against UNC Greensboro on Nov. 14, 2010. The Canton, Ga., native, led the Seminoles in points (22), rebounds (11), assists (six), steals (10) and blocked shots (four). He came within four assists (or six blocked shots) of the first quadruple double in school history. Singleton’s triple double was the FIRST IN THE HISTORY OF THE ACC to include steals.
Florida State finished in third place in the ACC standings and is the No. 3 seed in the 58th Annual ACC Tournament which begins for the Seminoles on Friday at approximately 9:30 p.m. against the winner of Thursday’s quarterfinal game between Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.
It marks the school record tying sixth consecutive season under head coach Leonard Hamilton that at least one Seminole has earned All-ACC honors and the school record fourth consecutive season at least one Florida State player has earned ACC All-Defensive Team honors.
All-ACC First Team
Player School Votes Nolan Smith Duke 225 + Jordan Williams Maryland 210 Malcolm Delaney Virginia Tech 202 Kyle Singler Duke 199 Reggie Jackson Boston College 190
All-ACC Second Team
Tyler Zeller North Carolina 161 John Henson North Carolina 148 Harrison Barnes North Carolina 145 Iman Shumpert Georgia Tech 132 Jeff Allen Virginia Tech 131
All-ACC Third Team
Chris Singleton Florida State 126 Demontez Stitt Clemson 81 Joe Trapani Boston College 63 Malcolm Grant Miami 62 Kendall Marshall North Carolina 45
ACC All Freshman Team
Harrison Barnes North Carolina 75 + Travis McKie Wake Forest 74 Kendall Marshall North Carolina 71 Terrell Stoglin Maryland 62 CJ Leslie Florida State 46
ACC All-Defensive Team
John Henson North Carolina 75 + Chris Singleton Florida State 64 Iman Shumpert Georgia Tech 60 Nolan Smith Duke 26 Jerai Grant Clemson 20
+denotes unanimous selection