April 13, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State’s Chris Singleton, who helped lead the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, will submit the necessary paperwork in order to declare himself eligible for the 2011 NBA Draft. He led the Seminoles in scoring (13.1 ppg), rebounding (6.8 rpg) and steals (2.0 spg) as a junior in 2011. The two-time All-ACC selection and 2010 ACC Defensive Player of the Year is expected to be a first round selection and should become the eighth Seminole player drafted by an NBA team in the last seven seasons.
“Up until I woke up this morning, there was still a decision of whether or not I was going to do it (declare myself eligible) or not,” said Singleton from the Florida State Basketball Training Center. “I made the decision and I just had to be certain.”
Singleton also talked about some of the factors that led to his decision.
“How high I was going to go and my mom in a single parent and I’m trying to help her as much as possible. And the what ifs? What if I got hurt? I got hurt this year and it woke me up that I could get hurt because I never thought I would get hurt.
Singleton led Florida State to a school record tying three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances including the fourth Sweet 16 appearance in school history this season. It was the first time since the 1993 this season that the Seminoles had won two games in the NCAA Tournament. As a freshman, Singleton helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament after an 11 year absence from even playing in the NCAA Tournament.
With Singleton in the line-up the Seminoles developed into the third winningest program in the ACC – considered to be the nation’s best and most prestigious college basketball conference. The Seminoles are the third winningest overall team in the ACC in the last six seasons and the third winningest program in ACC play in the last three seasons. Florida State is one of only two teams in the ACC (they are joined by only Duke) that has won at least 22 overall games, at least 10 ACC games and has finished in the top four of the ACC standings in EACH of the last three seasons. In addition, the Seminoles are the third winningest overall team in the ACC in the last six seasons and the third winningest program in ACC play in the last three seasons.
Singleton also helped lead Florida State to the first ACC Tournament championship game appearance in school history in 2009.
“I’m going to finish up my education. I’m only 24 hours away. I intend to take classes this summer so I am going to be around. I am enrolled in Summer B.”