October 4, 2010 - by
Singleton On Wooden Award List

Oct. 4, 2010

Florida State University junior Chris Singleton, who earned All-ACC Third Team honors and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, has been named as one of the top 50 candidates for the 2011 John R. Wooden Award which is annually presented to the top player in all of college basketball. Singleton averaged a career-high 10.2 points, a career-high 7.0 rebounds to go along with 71 steals and 48 blocked shots.

Singleton is one of eight players from the Atlantic Coast Conference who has been named to the list which is based on individual performances and team records from the 2010 season during which the Seminoles finished in third place in the ACC with a 22-10 record.

“I am very happy for our team because this brings a lot of recognition to us at the beginning of the season,” said Singleton. “Our coaching staff and all of the players on our team are excited to begin this season and this is a great way to tip things off. The award is a tribute to Coach Wooden, who was one of the greatest coaches of all-time and one of the greatest people of this generation. I have never been who has thought that winning individual awards is important but this is one of the great awards in all of college basketball so I am honored to be included on the list.”

Singleton (Canton, Ga.) enters the 2010-11 season to win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive season. He earned the award for the first time in his career in 2010 as helped the Seminoles become one of the top defensive teams in all of college basketball. Florida State led the nation and the ACC in field goal percentage defense and ranked 19th in the nation and first in the ACC in scoring defense.

Singleton led the ACC in steals and blocked shots as he became only the fifth player in the history of the ACC to rank in the top in the steals and blocked shots categories in the same season. He is also the only player in the ACC who earned at least 50 steals and at least 45 blocked shots in BOTH of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. Singleton begins his junior season already with 95 blocked shots – the 10th highest career total in school history and is looking to become only the 11th player in school history with 100 or more career blocked shots. He also enters the 2010-11 season ranked 20th in school history with 125 career steals and needs only 28 steals to move into the Seminoles’ all-time top 10 for steals.

Singleton also showcases his offensive skills as he averaged in double figures (10.2 ppg) as a sophomore and has scored in double figures 26 times during the first two seasons of his career.

Singleton made a mark on the national level as a member 2010 USA Select Team that trained with the USA National Team in July of 2010. The national team won the world title at the FIBA World Championship tournament in Turkey in August.

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. The Seminoles were ranked as high as 16th in the nation during his freshman season and as high as 18th in the nation during his sophomore season.

Chris Singleton of Florida State could be the best defender in college basketball,” said Pat Forde of ESPN.com earlier this summer.

Singleton, along with the other 49 candidates, will be evaluated and considered for the Midseason Wooden list which will be released in December and for the official voting ballot which will be released in March. The Wooden All-American team will be announced during the week of the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

The 35th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will included the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and National Player of the Year Award, will take place the weekend of April 8-10, 2001.

2010-11 John R. Wooden Award
Preseason Top 50 List
Name                  Height   Class   Pos.    University           Conference
Ty Abbott             6-3      Sr.     G       Arizona State        Pac-10
Lavoy Allen           6-9      Sr.     F       Temple               Atlantic 10
Kevin Anderson        6-0      Sr.     G       Richmond             Atlantic 10
Talor Battle          6-0      Sr.     G       Penn State           Big Ten
Kenny Boynton         6-2      So.     G       Florida              SEC
William Buford        6-5      Jr.     G       Ohio State           Big Ten
Alec Burks            6-6      So.     G       Colorado             Big 12
Randy Culpepper       6-0      Sr.     G       UTEP                 Conference USA
Malcolm Delaney       6-3      Sr.     G       Virginia Tech        ACC
LaceDarius Dunn       6-4      Sr.     G       Baylor               Big 12
Kim English           6-6      Jr.     G       Missouri             Big 12
Corey Fisher          6-1      Sr.     G       Villanova            Big East
Jimmer Fredette*      6-2      Sr.     G       Brigham Young        Mountain West
Austin Freeman        6-4      Sr.     G       Georgetown           Big East
Ashton Gibbs          6-2      Jr.     G       Pittsburgh           Big East
Steven Gray           6-5      Sr.     G       Gonzaga              West Coast
Jordan Hamilton       6-7      So.     G/F     Texas                Big 12
Elias Harris          6-7      So.     F       Gonzaga              West Coast
Jeremy Hazell         6-5      Sr.     G       Seton Hall           Big East
John Henson           6-10     So.     F       North Carolina       ACC
Cory Higgins          6-5      Sr.     G       Colorado             Big 12
Tyler Honeycutt       6-8      So.     F       UCLA                 Pac-10
Robbie Hummel*        6-8      Sr.     F       Purdue               Big Ten
JaJuan Johnson        6-10     Sr.     F/C     Purdue               Big Ten
Kris Joseph           6-7      Jr.     F       Syracuse             Big East
Kawhi Leonard         6-7      So.     F       San Diego State      Mountain West
Jon Leuer             6-10     Sr.     F       Wisconsin            Big Ten
Kalin Lucas*          6-1      Sr.     F       Michigan State       Big Ten
Shelvin Mack          6-3      Jr.     G       Butler               Horizon League
Demetri McCamey       6-3      Sr.     G       Illinois             Big Ten
E'Twaun Moore         6-4      Sr.     G       Purdue               Big Ten
Marcus Morris         6-9      Jr.     F       Kansas               Big 12
Jacob Pullen          6-0      Sr.     G       Kansas State         Big 12
John Shurna           6-8      Jr.     F       Northwestern         Big Ten
Kyle Singler*         6-8      Sr.     F       Duke                 ACC
Chris Singleton       6-9      Jr.     F       Florida State        ACC
Nolan Smith           6-2      Sr.     G       Duke                 ACC
Tracy Smith           6-8      Sr.     F       North Carolina State ACC
Durrell Summers       6-5      Sr.     G       Michigan State       Big Ten
Jeffery Taylor        6-7      Jr.     G/F     Vanderbilt           SEC
Isaiah Thomas         5-9      Jr.     G       Washington           Pac-10
Trey Thompkins        6-10     Jr.     F       Georgia              SEC
Klay Thompson         6-6      Jr.     G       Washington State     Pac-10
Joe Trapani           6-8      Sr.     F       Boston College       ACC
Brandon Triche        6-4      So.     G       Syracuse             Big East
Nikola Vucevic        6-10     Jr.     F       USC                  Pac-10
Kemba Walker          6-1      Jr.     G       Connecticut          Big East
Derrick Williams      6-8      So.     F       Arizona              Pac-10
Jordan Williams       6-10     So.     F       Maryland             ACC
Chris Wright          6-8      Sr.     F       Dayton               Atlantic 10

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