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ALL-AMERICA, NATIONAL AND ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE
AL THORNTON
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

THORNTON RETURNS AMONG ACC’ S TOP STATISTICAL LEADERS
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton is the fifth leading returning scorer, the fourth leading returning rebounder and the third leading returning field goal percentage shooter in the ACC for the 2006-07 season. He is joined by only North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough in the top-10 ACC players returning in the scoring, rebounding and field goal shooting categories for the upcoming season.

THORNTON EARNS MVP HONORS AT TALLAHASSEE COLONIAL CLASSIC
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton was named the Most Valuable Player of the Colonial Classic during which he helped lead the Seminoles to three victories in three games. The senior averaged a tournament-best 17.3 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting .548 from the field and .842 from the free throw line.
Thornton scored at least 15 points in each of the three games and totaled his season-high of 20 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Illinois State. Also named to the Colonial Classic All-Tournament teams were Thornton’s Seminole teammates Jason Rich and Toney Douglas.
It marked the first time in Thornton’s career that he had earned MVP honors in a collegiate tournament.

BEST DARN DUNK PERIOD
Al Thornton’s dunk late in the first half of the Seminoles’ game against Wisconsin was rated as the No. 1 Play of the Day by ESPN’s SportsCenter Wednesday morning after the Seminoles’ game against the Badgers. It marked the second time in two seasons a Seminole dunk had been ranked as the days best as a spectacular dunk by Alexander Johnson against Georgia Tech on Feb. 9, 2006 was also named as the Play of the Day.

THORNTON HITS 1,000 POINTS MARK – NOW ON THE FASTRACK UP THE LIST
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton scored 22 points against High Point Monday night and has now scored 1,011 career points. He begins play in Thursday’s game against Coastal Carolina within reach of the next three players above him on the scoring list. Thornton trails Wayne Smalls (36th place, 1,016 career
points) by five points, Tom McLaughlin (35th place, 1,021 points) by 10 and LaMarr Greer (34th place, 1,022 points) by 11 points. Should Thornton reach his season scoring average of 16.4 points per game against Coastal Carolina, he would find himself in 34th place on Florida State’s all-time scoring list by the end of Thursday’s game.

THORNTON ON WOODEN AND NAISMITH PLAYER OF THE YEAR LISTS
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton is on both the John R. Wooden and James Naismith Award lists as one of college basketball best players. He is one of 50 players on both lists which will both be presented at the 2007 Final Four in Atlanta. Thornton was also selected as the pre-season runner-up for the ACC Player of the Year award.

THORNTON LEADS BLOCK PARTY AGAINST HIGH POINT
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton blocked a career-high four shots and the Seminoles blocked a season-high nine shots in their victory over High Point. It was the most blocked shots in a single game by the Seminoles since they had nine against Iowa State in the second round of the NIT on March 23, 2004. Florida State has already blocked 38 shots this season (3.5 bpg) as compared to its 2005-06 season total of 72 blocked shots in 30 games
(2.4 bpg).

THORNTON BUILDING HIS RESUME AS THE ACC’S TOP PLAYER
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton, one of top players in the ACC, enters Saturday’s game against Miami averaging a career-high 19.2 points per game and having scored in double figures in all 29 of the Seminoles’ games during the 2006-07 season. He is the second-leading scorer in the ACC for the season and is the conference’s leading scorer in ACC games only with a 22.1 points per game scoring average. Thornton has scored at least 20 points in 10 of his 15 ACC games of the season.

THORNTON HAS A HALF FOR THE AGES AGAINST VIRGINIA TECH
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton scored 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in THE SECOND HALF of the Seminoles’ victory over No. 23 Virginia Tech on Wednesday. He finished the game with 27 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two blocked shots in 37 minutes. With his performance, he earned his 12th career double-double and his 17th career scoring game of 20 or more points. Thornton has now scored in double figures in 48 of his last 54 games. He leads the ACC in conference only scoring with a 23.8 points per game average and is ranked fifth in the ACC in overall games scoring with a career-high 17.8 points per game scoring average. Thornton has scored at least 20 points in three consecutive games (25.3 ppg) and his 29 points at North Carolina are the most points by any ACC player against another ACC team this season.

THORNTON GEARS UP FOR ACC PLAY
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton is averaging 7.4 points more against ACC teams (22.1) than he did during the Seminoles’ 14-game non-conference schedule (16.1 ppg) this season. Thornton is the ACC’s leading scorer in ACC games only with his 23.5 points per game scoring average. For his career, Thornton averages 13.7 points per game (852 total points) in 62 career ACC games as compared to 10.8 points per game (581 total points) in 57 career non-ACC games.
Thornton’s Career Scoring Breakdown:

SeasonACC OnlyNon-ACC GamesDifference
2006-0723.516.1+7.4 ppg
2005-0618.413.6+4.8 ppg
2004-0510.16.8+3.3 ppg
2003-041.53.9-2.4 ppg
Totals12.410.2+2.2 ppg

THORNTON ON FLORIDA STATE’S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton has scored 1,469 career points and ranks 10th in school history in scoring. He has scored 1,515 career points in 124 career games for a 12.2 points per game scoring average and 16 career double-doubles. Thornton On The Seminoles’ All-Time Scoring List:

RankPlayer, YearsPointsPPG
1.Bob Sura, 1991-952,13017.8
2.Jim Oler, 1952-561,81720.0
3.James Collins, 1993-971,79316.0
4.Mickey Dillard, 1976-811,72815.0
5.Doug Edwards, 1990-931,60417.2
6.George McCloud, 1985-891,57413.5
7.Al Thornton, 2004-071,51512.2

AL THORNTON – THE 2006-07 SENIOR SEASON
… Al Thornton finished off his senior season averaging a career-high 19.7 points per game. He scored 1,174 points in the last two seasons and is averaged 18.1 points in his last 65 games (all starting assignments);
… Al Thornton averaged a career-high 31.2 minutes played per game as a senior. He played at least 30 minutes in 22 of the Seminoles’ 35 games this season;
… Al Thornton shot .530 from the field during his senior season. He made 244 of 460 shots from the field and is shot better than 50 percent from the field for the fourth consecutive season and a stellar .528 from the field (546-1034) for his entire career;
… Al Thornton shot a career-high .790 from the free throw line this season. He made 166 free throws this past season and 288 in the last two seasons combined. He improved on his career percentage entering the 2006-07 season by nearly 15 percentage points (.790 as compared to .641 during the first three seasons of his career.


Al Thornton’s Statistical Numbers against Duke in 2005-06
DatePts.Rebs.FGM-AFTM-AASMinutesResult
Feb. 4371517-323-35342L, 96-97 (OT)
March 12665-1515-161136W, 79-74
Totals632121-3718-1964781-1
Averages31.510.5.568.9473.02.039.0Duke was ranked No. 1 on March 1

Al Thornton’s Florida State Rankings During His Four Years As A Seminole
CategoryStatisticFSU Ranking
Single Game FG Made17 (at Duke, 2/4/06)T2nd
Single Game FG Attempted32 (at Duke, 2/4/06)T2nd
Single Game FTM15 (vs. Duke, 3/1/06)T12th
Single Game Scoring45 points2nd
Career FG Percentage.52820th
Career FT Made3666th
Career FT Attempted5206th
Career Double-Doubles16T16th

Al Thornton Against The 2006 ACC Championship Game Participants

All-America candidate Al Thornton averaged 33.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in three games during the 2006 season against Duke and Boston College the two teams that played for the 2006 ACC championship on March 12. Thornton scored a double-double of 37 points and 15 rebounds against ACC Champion Duke in Durham (Feb. 4) and totaled 26 points and six rebounds in the Seminoles victory over the No. 1 ranked Blue Devils in Tallahassee (March 1). Thornton scored 37 points and pulled down 6 rebounds against Boston College on Jan. 14 in Chestnut Hill, Mass., in the Seminoles first meeting against the Eagles as ACC members.


Al Thornton’s Double-Doubles

Junior All-America candidate Al Thornton has 16 career double-doubles entering his senior season. He is one of only the 16 players in school history with 10 or more career double-doubles. Seminole All-American Dave Cowens is the schools all-time leader with 62 career double-doubles.

DateOpponentPts.Rebs.Outcome
Dec. 19, 2004at Maryland1613L, 88-90 (OT)
Jan. 18, 2005vs. No. 3 Wake Forest2610W, 91-83 (OT)
Nov. 19, 2005at Jacksonville1210W, 78-48
Nov. 21, 2005vs. Alcorn State3110W, 85-67
Dec. 22, 2005vs. Campbell1110W, 108-73
Dec. 31, 2005vs. Nebraska1112W, 74-60
Jan. 7, 2006vs. Virginia Tech2112W, 74-68
Feb. 4, 2006at No. 2 Duke3715L, 96-97 (OT)
Feb. 22, 2006vs. Maryland2712W, 71-60
March 5, 2006at Miami1813W, 67-64
Jan. 7, 2007at. North Carolina2912L, 58-84
Jan. 17, 2007vs. No. 23 Virginia Tech2713W, 82-73
Jan. 27, 2007vs. Wake Forest2511W, 74-66
Feb. 17, 2007at. Virginia3016L, 70-73
Feb. 21, 2007at. Maryland2315L, 55-73
Mar. 8, 2007vs. Clemson2511W, 67-66

Al Thornton Miscellaneous Stats and Numbers

19.7 PPG – Average in 2006-07, Most by a Seminole since Bob Sura in 1993-94 (21.2)

1st Seminole to average at least 16 PPG and 6 RPG in back to back seasons since Bob Sura in 1993-94 and 1994-95
(Thornton- 16.1 and 6.9 in 05-06, 19.7 and 7.2 in 06-07), (Sura- 21.2 and 7.9 in 93-94,18.6 and 6.9 in 94-95)

166 – Most FTM in a season since Gary Schill in 1965-66 (174) (2006-07)

400 and 200– 1st Seminole to have consecutive 400+ points and 200+ rebounds in consecutive seasons since Bob Sura 1992-93 and 1993-94
(Thornton- 484 and 208 in 2005-06, 690 and 251 in 2006-07), (Sura- 573 and 213 in 1992-93, 573 and 213 in 1993-94)

106 – Most offensive rebounds in a season since Dixon in 2001-02 (Dixon-94)

.530% – Highest season FG% for a player averaging 16+ since Doug Edwards in 1992-93 (52.8%)

45 – 2nd Most Points Scored in a Single Game in FSU History, FSU ACC Record, Most Points by an FSU player since Ron King scored 46 in 1971.

17 – FSU Record FGM in ACC Game vs Duke (2/4)

15 – FSU ACC Record FTM vs Duke (3/1)

166 – 4th Most FTM by a Senior at FSU (2006-07) Most Free Throws made by a FSU player since Gary Schull made 174 during the 1965-1966 season.

1,515 Career Pts – 7th on All-Time List (Started this year 55th on list)
Became 38th player to reach 1,000 points in FSU history.

640 Total Rebounds – 29th player to reach 500 rebounds in FSU history, finished T16th on the All-Time List

1,000 and 500– Became the 16th player in FSU History to 1,000 Points, 500 Rebounds vs. Virginia Tech (1/17)

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