Oct. 4, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
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