TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Led by three-time honorees Trent Forrest, Justin Lindner, Will Miles and Harrison Prieto, a school-record tying nine members of the nationally ranked Florida State Men’s Basketball Team have been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll which was released by the ACC Office. It marked the third consecutive year that at least seven Seminoles were named to the prestigious academic achievement roster.
The Seminoles’ nine selections ties the school-record for players named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Florida State totaled nine honorees to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2017.
In the last three season, the Seminole Men’s Basketball Team has earned a total of 23 ACC Academic Honor Roll selections, earned five All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball team honorees and was named as an NABC Academic Team of Excellence in 2017.
“Our academic success is one of the cornerstones of our program,” said Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. I am really proud of our guys for their success in the classroom. I’m especially pleased with their progress in the spring semester because we were away from campus so often. The month of March is obviously an important time for our basketball program and our guys navigated their academic work incredibly well during that crucial academic period leading up to final exams.”
The nine members of the Seminole men’s basketball team named to the 2019 ACC Academic Honor Roll includes Forrest (Chipley, Fla./Sport Management), RaiQuan Gray (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Social Science), Travis Light (Vienna, Va./Management), Lindner (Memphis, Tenn./Mathematics), Miles (Orlando, Fla./Finance), David Nichols (Chicago, Ill./Master’s In Sport Management), Malik Osborne (Matteson, Ill./Criminology), Prieto (Mandeville, La./Meteorology) and Devin Vassell (Suwannee, Ga./Management).
Forrest, who will complete his Bachelor’s Degree requirements and begin work on his Master’s Degree during the fall of 2019, was honored for the third time in his career. He is also a three-time selection to the All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team. Forrest was named to the Florida State Academic Dean’s List in both the spring of 2017 and 2019 and was a nominee for the 2019 NABC Give Back Team as one of the Seminoles’ top community service ambassadors.
Lindner, Miles and Prieto – who have all been members of each of the Seminoles’ most recent three NCAA Tournament teams (2017, 2018 and 2019) continued to perform well in the class room. Lindner has earned Dean’s List honors twice during his career and Miles has earned Dean’s List honors three times and Prieto has been named to the Dean’s List four times. Prieto, who is majoring in meteorology, is currently an intern in the National Weather Service Office in Tallahassee.
The Seminoles’ academic achievements during the 2019 academic year continues an incredible trend under Hamilton since he became Florida State’s head coach in 2002. More than 94 percent of the players who have become seniors under Hamilton have earned their degrees.
“The staff of our academic support unit and the tutors who work with our guys continue to do an outstanding job with our players,” said Hamilton. “We sincerely appreciate their efforts for keep our guys on track with their assignments and tests and keeping them focused on making progress towards earning their degrees.”
Charlie Hogan of the Student Athlete Academic Services unit is committed to the academic success of the member of the men’s basketball team.
“The ACC Honor Roll is one of my favorite academic awards a student-athlete can earn, simply because the award is based only on the current academic year,” said Associate Director of Academic Support Charlie Hogan. “There’s no GPA cushion from previous terms, and no way to make up for a bad semester in the summer. It’s cut and dried – did you get it done this year? Basketball is one of the few NCAA sponsored sports that competes in both semesters so the competition season spans a majority of the academic year. It is a testimony to the grit and drive of the individual student-athletes, and to the program that Coach Hamilton has built, that such a large percentage of the team repeatedly earns this prestigious award.”
Florida State opens its 2019-20 schedule with an ACC game at Pittsburgh on November 9.