TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Kiel Turpin, who was a member of Florida State’s 2012 ACC Championship team and three postseason squads during his career (2012-15) as a Seminole, led Dinamo Tbilisi to its second consecutive Georgia Super League Championship with a 3-2 series win over Kutaisi in late May.
Dinamo Tbilisi plays in the Georgian League in the Republic of Georgia.
Turpin (Normal, Illinois) totaled a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds in the championship game as he led his team to a 77-69 title clinching victory.
Turpin was named the Finals MVP, the league’s Center of the Year and to the all-league first team.
“It was a very long season with my team,” said Turpin. “We gained a lot of experience playing in the Euro Cup and that help us repeat as the champions in Georgia. We had a lot of ups and downs, a lot of roster changes during the season and a tough month of December, but we were able to fight through that and bring home a championship.”
Turpin began his professional career in the Super League with Rustavi in Georgia for the 2015-2016 season. He then went on to play with KB Trepca Mitrovice in Kosovo for the 2016-2017 season. He returned to Georgia to play with BC Dinamo Tbilisi for the 217-18 season.
Turpin averaged 5.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in two seasons and 67 games with the Seminoles. He is one of the top shooters to wear a Florida State uniform, and is still tied for 21st in school history with a .534 career field goal shooting mark. He is one of only 24 players in school history to shoot 53 percent or better for their careers in school history. Turpin is ranked 27th in school history for blocked shots with 66. His 43 blocked shots during the 2013 season are tied for the 22nd highest single season effort in school history. He finished eighth in the ACC in blocked shots as a redshirt junior in 2013 as he helped Florida State lead the ACC in blocked shots for the school-record fourth consecutive season.
“I enjoy playing in Georgia and to go out on my third year playing professionally overseas with a championship is something that I will remember for a long time,” said Turpin.