March 5, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – –
Florida State University senior Al Thornton, who leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring with a career-high 20.1 points per game average, has been named to the All-ACC First-Team in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. He is only the third player in Seminole basketball history to earn the honor – joining Bob Sura in 1994 and Tim Pickett in 2004. Thornton is now a two-time All-ACC selection after earning All-ACC Second-Team honors as a junior during the 2005-06 season.
Thornton was one of three unanimous selections to the All-ACC First-team along with Jared Dudley of Boston College and Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina. Also on the first team are Sean Singletary of Virginia and Zabian Dowdell of Virginia Tech.
Thornton leads the league in overall scoring with a career-high 20.1 points per game average and in conference games only scoring with a career-high 23.5 points per game scoring average. He scored a career-high 45 points against Miami on March 3 – a total that ranks as the second-highest single-game scoring total in school history. He came within one point of tying Ron King’s single-game school record of 46 points on Feb. 11, 1971 in a 113-81 victory over Georgia Southern. Thornton has scored a single-season career-high 602 points is only the ninth player in school history to score at least 600 points in a single-season.
Thornton has scored 1,433 career points and averages 12.0 points for his 119-game career. He began the season ranked 55th in scoring as a Seminole and enters the ACC Tournament ranked 12th – he has moved up an incredible 43 positions on Florida State’s scoring list this season. Thornton needs only 24 points to move into the top-10 in all-time scoring at Florida State.
Thornton enters this weeks ACC Tournament at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa averaging 20.1 points per game and is looking to become the first Seminole to average 20 or more points per game in a single season since Bob Sura averaged 21.2 points per game during the 1993-94 season.
“Being named to the All-ACC First-Team is a great honor and it is something that I really want to be able to share with my teammates as we continue our season this week and beyond.” said Thornton. “This award really belongs to my coaches and my teammates who have helped me mature as both a person and a player since I have been at Florida State. Individual honors are great but I am looking forward to team success in the upcoming weeks.”
Florida State, which has won two consecutive games, plays Clemson in the first round of the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on March 8 at 12 Noon at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Seminoles and Tigers met twice during the regular season with Clemson taking both meetings. Clemson won in Tallahassee on Jan. 4 (68-66) on a last second lay-up by Cliff Hammonds and won in Clemson on Feb. 7 (71-58) as K.C. Rivers scored a game-high 17 points. With consecutive wins over NC State (Feb. 24, 78-52) and Miami (March 3, 98-90 in overtime) the Seminoles are one of only six teams in the ACC who enter the 54th annual league tournament with a win in their last game and only one of four teams (also Maryland, Georgia Tech and Clemson) who enter the event on a winning steak of at least two games. The winner of Thursday’s game between Florida State and Clemson plays top seeded North Carolina at Noon on Friday in the quarterfinal round of the tournament.
2007 All-ACC Men's Basketball Teams & Individual Awards (106 Total Votes) ALL-ACC (1st Team Vote - 3 points; 2nd Team Vote - 2 points; 3rd Team Vote - 1 point)
First Team (1st Team Votes) Points Jared Dudley, Sr., Boston College* (106) 318 Tyler Hansbrough, So., North Carolina* (106) 318 Al Thornton, Sr., Florida State* (106) 318 Sean Singletary, Jr., Virginia (100) 312 Zabian Dowdell, Sr., Virginia Tech (90) 302 *unanimous 1st team
Second Team Points J.R. Reynolds, Sr., Virginia (20) 232 D.J. Strawberry, Sr., Maryland (2) 180 Tyrese Rice, So., Boston College 177 Josh McRoberts, So., Duke 159 Brandan Wright, Fr., North Carolina 150
Third Team Points Kyle Visser, Sr., Wake Forest 120 Javaris Crittenton, Fr., Georgia Tech 104 Brandon Costner, Fr., NC State 94 Jamon Gordon, Sr., Virginia Tech 61 Jack McClinton, So., Miami 48
Honorable Mention (20 or more points) Ben McCauley, So., NC State 36 James Mays, Jr., Clemson 34 DeMarcus Nelson, Jr., Duke 34 James Gist, Jr., Maryland 28 Ekene Ibekwe, Sr., Maryland 22
ALL-FRESHMAN Points Javaris Crittenton, Georgia Tech* 106 Brandan Wright, North Carolina* 106 Brandon Costner, NC State 95 Ty Lawson, North Carolina 64 Jon Scheyer, Duke 54 *unanimous
Honorable Mention (20 or more votes) Thaddeus Young, Georgia Tech 42 Greivis Vasquez, Maryland 37
ALL-DEFENSIVE Votes Jamon Gordon, Virginia Tech 96 Ekene Ibekwe, Maryland 65 Zabian Dowdell, Virginia Tech 59 D.J. Strawberry, Maryland 55 Josh McRoberts, Duke 46
Honorable Mention (20 or more votes) Mario West, Georgia Tech 33 DeMarcus Nelson, Duke 25 James Mays, Clemson 24 Vernon Hamilton, Clemson 20