June 29, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Toney Douglas, who earned Freshman All-America honors at Auburn University this past season, has signed a Grant-In-Aid to attend Florida State University and play basketball for the Seminoles and Leonard Hamilton. He will sit out the upcoming 2005-06 season and have three seasons of eligibility remaining when he begins playing for the Seminoles at the start of the 2006-07 season. Douglas has enrolled in school and began taking classes at Florida State earlier this week.
Douglas averaged 16.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals as a freshman for the Tigers during the 2004-05 season.
Douglas (6-1, 190 lbs) was named to the Freshman All-America Third-Team and All-SEC Third-Team as he ranked fourth in the conference in scoring while shooting .424 from the field, .373 from 3-point range and .789 from the free throw line. The Jonesboro, Ga., native became only the fourth freshman in school history to earn All-SEC honors along with Charles Barkley, Mike Mitchell and Eddie Johnson. Douglas was also named to the SEC All-Freshman team in a vote by the league’s 12 head coaches and was an NABC All-District 6 Second-Team selection.
“We are very excited to have a player with Toney’s talent in our program.” said Hamilton. “He is a player with proven scoring abilities and an unselfish spirit who enjoys getting his teammates involved in running the offense. On top of that, he quickly showed our staff and players that he has great character and will fit into our program nicely.
Douglas scored his career-high of 38 points a pulled down 10 rebounds against Nicholls State and led the Tigers in scoring 15 times in 31 games during his only season at Auburn. He scored 33 points against Virginia of the ACC as he led the Tigers to the near upset of the No. 24 ranked Tigers on Dec. 3, 2004. Toney scored 30 points three times, totaled at least 20 points 12 times and was named the Most Valuable Player of the San Juan Shootout as he led the Tigers to a runner-up finish in the event.