March 26, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Al Thornton, who led the Florida State basketball team to the quarterfinal round of the 2007 NIT, has earned All-America Second-Team honors as selected by Rivals.com. Thornton led the Seminoles with a career-high 19.7 points per game average and a career-high 7.2 rebounds per game average during his outstanding senior season. Thornton leads the ACC in overall scoring with his 19.7 points per game average and led the conference in ACC games only scoring with his 23.5 points per game average.
“This is truly a great honor and I am very pleased to be able to represent Florida State, our coaching staff and my teammates on one of the Associated Press All-America teams,” said Thornton. “To be recognized along with the other great players on the three teams is something I only dreamed about before coming to Florida State as a freshman. This is a big honor not just for me, but for my coaches and my teammates who have helped me raise the level of my play during my career.”
Thornton finished his career ranked seventh in school history with 1,515 career points. He scored his career-high of 45 points against Miami in the 2007 regular season finale on March 3 – the second-highest single-game total in school history. He came within one point of tying Ron King’s 36-year old school record of 46 points on Feb. 11, 1971 against Georgia Southern.
Thornton was one of three players unanimously voted to the 2007 All-ACC First-Team. He has also been named to the ACC All-Tournament Second-Team and Second-Team All-America by SportsIllustrated.com. In addition, Thornton a finalist for the 2006-2007 Wooden Award All-American Team and Wooden Award Player of the Year, presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate basketball player.
Thornton was joined on the Rivals.com All-America Second-Team by Oregon’s Aaron Brooks, Tennessee’s Chris Lofton, Vanderbilt’s Derrick Byars and Florida’s Al Horford.
The Rivals.com All-America First-Team honored Texas A&M’s Acie Law, Wisconsin’s Alando Tucker, Texas’ Kevin Durant, North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough and Ohio State’s Greg Oden as the top five players in college basketball.
Thornton led Florida State to 43 wins over the past two seasons — the best two-year total since the 1991-92 (22) and 1992-93 (25) earned 47 wins in a two-year span. Thornton’s 19.7 points per game average was the highest by a Seminole since Bob Sura averaged 21.2 points per game average during the 1993-94 season. In addition, Thornton’s 690 total points scored rank as the second highest single-season point total — second all-time to Jim Oler’s 742 points during the 1955-56 season.