TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Justin Lindner, Travis Light, Will Miles and Harrison Prieto, who all played on three NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 teams, are among eight members of the nationally ranked Seminole Men’s Basketball team to be named to the 2021 ACC Academic Honor Roll. Both Miles and Prieto earned the honor for a fifth consecutive season as a record number of Florida State student-athletes were named to the prestigious list. Also named to the Honor Roll were Balsa Koprivica, Tanor Ngom, Isaac Spainhour, and Max Thorpe.
It marks the second consecutive year at least eight Seminoles were named to the conference-wide list and the fifth consecutive year at least seven members of Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s team have been honored academically by the ACC. In the last five seasons, the Seminole Men’s Basketball Team has earned a total of 38 ACC Academic Honor Roll selections and had nine players named to the All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team.
Prieto and Miles top the list of the very few Seminoles who have been named to the five times in their careers. Lindner has now been named to the list four times, Light three times and Koprivica twice in his two seasons as a Seminoles. Senior Tanor Ngom along with freshmen Isaac Spainhour and Max Thorpe earned the academic honor for the first time in their careers.
Both Prieto (graduate student in Meteorology) and Ngom (undergraduate student in Social Sciences) will return to play the Seminoles for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
“Academic success has always been stressed before athletics within my family,” said Lindner, who will earn his graduate degree in Applied Mathematics from Florida State in August. “We had to put more of an emphasis on our academics because of the challenges we all faced throughout the year. Virtual learning was new to us, as was the limited contact with our professors. Having eight guys named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll is great; performing well in the classroom is one of the many things we do well as Florida State Basketball players and as a prestigious basketball program on and off the court.”
Lindner, Light, Miles and Prieto all played vital roles in the Seminoles’ success on the court while playing as graduate students in the classroom. Lindner (July, 2021), Light (July, 2021), Miles (May, 2021), and Prieto (May, 2022) will all finish the Seminole careers with double degrees (undergraduate and Master’s) when they complete their careers at Florida State.
Ngom was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in his first year at Florida State after transferring from Ryerson University in Canada during the summer of 2021. He will complete his FSU degree requirements in May of 2022 following his second season as a member of the men’s basketball team.
“The announcement of the ACC Academic Honor Roll is a day we look forward to in the basketball office,” said three-time ACC Coach of the Year Leonard Hamilton. “Our players know that a great academic record is a big part of what’s expected of them as part of our team. Success in the classroom is not something we hope for – it’s what we expect.”
“Earning a place on the coveted ACC Academic Honor is a noted accomplishment any year,” said Charlie Hogan, the Associate Director of the Academic Support Unit for Athletics at Florida State. “However, when viewed through the light of the unique challenges of remote coursework this entire academic year these individuals should take a special pride in their success. This achievement is a true testimony to their effort and consistency over a time when it would have been easy to not focus on academics.
Florida State played in the ACC Tournament Championship and finished in second place in the ACC standings during the 2021-22 season. The Seminoles finished with an 18-7 overall record and an 11-4 mark in ACC play. The Seminoles Florida State led the ACC in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage shooting and 3-point field goal percentage shooting in 2020-21.
The Seminoles are one of three teams in the nation that has played in the Sweet 16 of each of the last three NCAA Tournaments (Florida State, Gonzaga, Michigan) and are one of six teams in the nation that has won at least one game in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments (Florida State, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan, and Villanova, Florida).
The ACC Academic Honor Roll consists of student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year. The conference recognized a record 5,791 student-athletes for their hard work in the classroom.
Seminoles On the ACC Academic Honor Roll
Balsa Koprivica, Sport Management (2)
Justin Lindner, Applied Mathematics/ Sport Management (4)
Travis Light, Business Management (3)
Will Miles, Finance (5)
Tanor Ngom, Social Science (1)
Harrison Prieto, Meteorology (5)
Isaac Spainhour, (1)
Max Thorpe, (1)