M. Basketball (2004-07)
Al Thornton was one of the transcendent players under Coach Leonard Hamilton’s tenure at Florida State. In fact, by his senior year the Perry, Georgia native was a finalist for the Wooden, Naismith and Rupp Awards as the nation’s top player. He earned third team Associated Press All-America honors and was runner-up in the voting for the ACC Player of the Year in 2007.
Thornton scored 1,034 points over his career, which ranked seventh in all-time scoring when he left, and he still ranked among the Top 12 as of his induction date.
He averaged 16.1 points per game as a junior in 2005-06 and was named second team All-ACC, which set him up for a senior season that is one of the best in both FSU and ACC history.
Thornton averaged 19.7 points and 7.2 rebounds in leading FSU to a 26-13 record as a senior in 2006-07. In addition to his AP honors, Thornton was named to cnnsi.com and Rivals.com All-America teams.
He went on to play four years in the NBA with the LA Clippers, Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors, before a long international career.