March 6, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University junior Al Thornton, who has helped lead the Seminoles to the cusp of their first NCAA Tournament berth since the 1997-98 season, has been named to the All-ACC Second-Team and junior Alexander Johnson has earned All-ACC Honorable Mention honors in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Thornton’s selection marks the ninth time in school history that a Florida State player has earned All-ACC Second Team honors. The last player to earn All-ACC second team honors was Tim Pickett during the 2002-03 season. Former Seminole stars Sam Cassell (1991-92 and 1992-93) and Bob Sura (1992-03 and 1994-95) earned All-ACC Second-Team honors twice during their careers. Sura (1993-94) and Pickett (2003-04) are the only two players in school history to earn All-ACC First-Team honors during their Florida State careers.
Thornton enters the ACC Tournament averaging a career-high and team leading 16.8 points and a career-high 6.9 rebounds. He has more field goals made (159-131), more field goals attempted (299-244), more 3-point field goals made (18-7), more 3-point field goals attempted (35-21), more offensive rebounds (78-65), more total rebounds (187-182), more assists (36-26), more steals (28-21) and more minutes played (776-760) this season as compared to the first two seasons of his career. He is averaging a career-high 16.8 points and a career-high 6.9 rebounds as he leads the Seminoles into the 2006 ACC Tournament.
Johnson is averaging a career-high 12.9 points and a career-high and team-leading 7.5 rebounds entering the ACC Tournament. has recorded seven double-doubles in the last 11 games and is averaging 14.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game since scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds against Miami on Jan. 29 in Tallahassee. Over the course of the 11-game stretch, Johnson has missed a double-double in each game by a total of 10 rebounds.
Florida State finished the regular season with an overall record of 19-8 and an ACC record of 9-7 and will face Wake Forest in the first round of the 53rd Annual ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. in Thursday at 2:30 p.m. It marked only the second time in the last nine years that the Seminoles won 19 or more games in a single season with 19 coming during the 2003-04 season when they advanced to the second round of the NIT. In addition, the Seminoles’ nine ACC wins marked the most in conference play for the Seminoles since finishing with a 12-4 record during the 1992-93 season. Florida State’s winning ACC record ended a 12-year streak of losing records in conference play (1993-94 through 2004-05).