Jan. 17, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State University junior forward Chris Singleton, who has led Florida State to the top of the ACC standings with victories over No. 1 Duke and NC State was named the ACC Basketball Player of the Week as announced by the league office. Singleton shared the award with Reggie Jackson of Boston College. He averaged 14.5 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting .429 from the 3-point line and .833 from the free throw line in the two victories. More impressive was his overall defense in the two games that helped limit the Blue Devils to 18 points under their season scoring average and limited the Wolfpack to a season low 19 points in the first half of Florida State’s win on Saturday. It marks the second time this season and second time in his career that he has earned the award.
“Wow,” said the All-American candidate from Canton, Ga. “I should be allowed to divide the award up into 16 different pieces and give one to each of my teammates because this is certainly a team award. We earned those victories last week with a total team effort in both games. There will have to be a lot of that award to go around because our coaching staff deserves to be named the coaching staff of the week for how well they prepared us to both in both of those wins.”
Singleton scored 18 points and pulled down three rebounds in the Seminoles’ win over No. 1 ranked Duke. He totaled 10 points and was a perfect four of four from the free throw line in the second half as Florida State never lost the lead over the final 20 minutes of the game. He scored five points on a 3-point shot and two free throws in the final 3:43 of the game to secure the victory.
The junior was eight of nine from the free throw line for the game including a perfect two of two with 33 seconds remaining in the game that gave the Seminoles an insurmountable 62-58 lead. He totaled four free throws in both halves with his free throws before halftime coming in a 1:38 span which helped the Seminoles gain their halftime advantage.
More importantly was his defense on Blue Devil All-American Kyle Singler who he limited to two points in the first half as Florida State took a 28-24 halftime led – to mark the first time Duke had trailed at the half this season. Singler’s two first half points came on a pair of free throws.
Singleton then scored 11 points and pulled down five rebounds in Florida State’s 84-71 win over NC State. With four points, two blocked shots and one steal over the first 20 minutes he led the Seminoles to a 28-19 halftime lead. He added seven points in the second half as Florida State pulled away for the win.
Once again, most impressive in his performance was his defense on Seminole killer Scott Wood of NC State. In two games last season, the sharpshooter averaged 24.5 points in two Wolfpack wins over the Seminoles. In Saturday’s win for the Seminoles he was limited to 10 points as Singleton blanketed him throughout the game. Singleton held the sophomore scoreless with all three of Wood’s baskets coming after defensive switches. Until he was taken out of the game with just over five minutes remaining with the victory at hand, Singleton only left Wood’s side on defensive switches.
Singleton enters Wednesday’s game against Miami averaging a career-high and team leading 15.5 points and 7.7 rebounds. He currently ranks in the top 10 of seven different ACC categories.