July 8, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University basketball player Chris Singleton, the 2010 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and one of the top returning players in the nation for the 2011 season, has been named to the USA Men’s Select Team by USA Basketball. Singleton will train against the USA Men’s National Team in Las Vegas July 19-24.
The USA Men’s National Team is comprised of nine members of the gold medalist 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and a total of 11 Olympians who have captured a combined 15 Olympic medals (nine gold medals and six bronze medals), The team consists of 27 players that will make up the national team for the next three years of international competition including the FIBA World Championships in August of this year and the 2012 Olympics in London. The team is coached by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.
“I am really excited about this opportunity to play with some of the best collegiate players in the country and to learn from some of the greatest players in the world,” said Singleton. “I believe that playing with the USA Basketball Select Team will help me prepare for the upcoming season with my teammates at Florida State.”
Singleton averaged a career-high 10.2 points and a career-high 7.0 rebounds as a sophomore in leading the Seminoles to a 22-10 overall record and a 10-6 record and a third place finish in the ACC. The Seminoles are one of only two teams in the ACC that has finished in the top four of the league standings in both of the last two seasons.
Singleton earned All-ACC Third Team and ACC All-Defensive Team honors as a sophomore in 2010. He led the ACC in steals and finished fifth in blocked shots to become only the fifth player in the history of the ACC to rank in the top five in both the steals and blocked shots categories. Singleton has helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament and into the national rankings in both of his first two seasons — Florida State played in the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the championship game of the 2009 ACC Tournament for the first time in school history with Singleton in the starting line-up. He is the only returning player in the ACC for the 2011 season to earn at least 50 steals and at least 45 blocked shots in both of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons and needs only 75 steals to become the sixth player in school history with 200 or more career steals.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Chris to help prepare our national team for international competition,” said Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton. “Being a member of this team will allow him to learn from the best players in the world as he continues to grow as a basketball player. Chris is looking forward to taking advantage of this opportunity to make himself a better basketball player. He is an outstanding representative of our program and we look forward to him improving as a player during this experience which will allow us to become a better team as we approach another exciting season.”
Under Hamilton, Florida State is the fourth winningest team in the ACC as it averages nearly 10 wins a season in conference play since the beginning of the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles have won nine conference games three times in the last five seasons including 10 wins during both the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
“The USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee is thrilled to give some the top college players this opportunity to be involved with USA Basketball this summer,” said Jim Boeheim, chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee and an assistant coach with the USA National Team. “These 20 players now have an opportunity to be involved with USA Basketball in a summer when they normally wouldn’t and they’ll get a chance to play against some great NBA players.”
The 2010 USA Select team features players from 19 different colleges – nine of which will be seniors and 11 of who will be juniors. The ACC is among eight different collegiate conferences which are represented on the roster with four players (Singleton, Duke’s Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith and Tyler Zeller of North Carolina) coming from the league generally considered to be the best in the nation.
Members of the USA Select Team will arrive in Las Vegas for a training session on July 19 then will train with members of the USA National Team July 20-24.
Singleton has spent his summer preparing for his junior season taking classes and working out daily with his teammates on campus. He also participated as a camp counselor at the Lebron James Skills Academy at the University of Akron in early July.
,b>2010 USA Men's Basketball Select Team Player College Chris Singleton Florida State Lavoy Allen Temple William Buford Ohio State LaceDarius Dunn Baylor Jimmer Fredette Brigham Young Scotty Hopson Tennessee Scott Jardine Syracuse JaJuan Johnson Purdue Jon Leuer Wisconsin Shelvin Mack Butler Marcus Morris Kansas Jacob Pullen Kansas State John Shurna Northwestern Kyle Singler Duke Nolan Smith Duke Howard Thompkins Georgia Mike Tisdale Illinois Kembra Walker Connecticut Chris Wright Dayton Tyler Zeller North Carolina Lorenzo Romar Head Coach (Washington) Jay Wright Assistant Coach (Villanova)