April 13, 2009 - by
Seminole Basketball Team Ranked No. 16 In Final Associated Press Poll

April 13, 2009

Coming off of their best season in nearly 20 years, the Florida State basketball team is ranked No. 16 in the final Associated Press poll and No. 22 in the final ESPN/USA Today poll of the 2008-09 season. It marks the Seminoles’ first appearance in the final AP and ESPN/USA Today polls since the end of the 1992-93 season. The Seminoles were ranked as high as No. 16 in both polls during the regular season and were included in each of final three polls of the regular season and in four polls during the season.

Florida State finished the 2008-09 season with a 25-10 record, was a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, finished in fourth place in the ACC standings with a 10-6 record, played in the ACC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history and had an All-ACC First Team pick (Douglas) for the second time in three seasons. The Seminoles’ 25 wins is tied for second most in school history while their 10 conference wins is the third highest in school history. It marked the first time since the 1992-93 season that the Seminoles had won at least 10 ACC games in a single season.

Florida State is one of five ACC teams in the final AP poll of the season. The Seminoles are 16th and follow No. 2 North Carolina, No. 6 Duke and No. 12 Wake Forest and are ranked ahead of No. 24 Clemson. The Seminoles are one of four ACC teams ranked in the final ESPN/USA Today poll of the season following No. 1 North Carolina, No. 11 Duke and No. 20 Wake Forest.

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Florida State University guard Toney Douglas added to his ever growing list of postseason honors as he was named to the CollegeHoops.net All-America Third Team. Douglas has now earned All-American Third Team honors as selected by the Associated Press, the Sporting News, Rivals.com and CollegeHoops.net.

Douglas, one of the most decorated players in the history of the program, earned All-American Third Team and All-ACC First Team honors and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and the ACC Player of the Year Runner-Up. He led the ACC in scoring with a 21.3 points per game average and finished third in the league in overall steals with 63. Douglas established a school record with 751 points and closed his career ranked fifth in school history with 1,655 points despite spending his freshman season at Auburn.

Douglas became the first player in Florida State history to earn All-America Defensive Team honors – he was also the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and named twice during his career to the All-ACC Defensive Team. He finished third in the ACC with a 1.8 steals per game average as a senior.

Douglas led the ACC in scoring with 751 total points and was one of only two players in the ACC to score at least 700 points this season. He ranked in the top 10 in the league statistics in scoring, steals, 3-point field goals made, free throw percentage and minutes played. Douglas led the ACC in 30 plus points games with three including a 32-point performance against national champions North Carolina and was named the Most Valuable Player in leading the Seminoles to the championship of the Global Sports Classic.

“I will remember…Florida State’s Toney Douglas and what a great all-around player he was. Douglas might have been the best overall player in the ACC this season.”

Center Solomon Alabi and forward Chris Singleton, who helped lead the Florida State basketball team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998, have both been named as Honorable Mention selections to the CollegeHoops.net All-American Freshman team. Florida State and Ohio State were the only two teams in the nation that placed multiple players on either of the first four teams or the honorable mention team.

Alabi finished his freshman season with 73 blocked shots as he became the first Seminole to lead the ACC in the defensive category. He became just the seventh freshman in ACC history and the first since Chris Bosh of Georgia Tech in 2003 to lead the ACC in blocked shots.

Alabi was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team, the ACC All-Defensive Team and to the All-ACC Tournament Second Team by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. He was the only ACC player to average more than 2.0 blocks per game this season and blocked at least one shot in each of the Seminoles’ 21 games of the season.

Singleton was of only seven players in the nation – and the only freshman – the earn at least 50 blocked shots (54) and at least 45 steals (47) during the 2008-09 season. He averaged 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds as he played in all 35 games and ranked second on the team in minutes played (2.69) for the Seminoles who played in the ACC Tournament championship game for the first time in the history of the program.

Singleton was an Honorable Mention selection to the All-ACC Freshman team and was the only freshman to finish in the top 10 in both steals and blocked shots in the final ACC statistics. Singleton played well throughout the season and became only the third player in school history to earn a double-double (17 points and 12 rebounds against Jacksonville) in the first game of his freshman season.

Michael Snaer, who signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Florida State beginning in the fall of 2009, was named the Most Valuable Player for the Gold Team at the Derby Festival Basketball Classic as he scored a game-high 30 points, pulled down seven rebounds and was credited with six assists. The Seminole-to-be led the Gold team to a 151-145 victory in the all-star game played at Freedom Hall.

Snaer scored his game-high of 30 points on a game-high 13 field goals made, two of six 3-point shots made and two of three free throws made. Though not a starter in the game he played in 26 minutes and added two steals to go along with his points, rebounds and assists totals.

Just prior to the Derby Classic, Snaer was named as the runner-up for the Mr. Basketball award in the state of California as presented by CalHiSPorts.com.

Snaer averaged 28.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 3.6 steals and 2.2 blocked shots as a senior at Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Cal.) High School. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year from the state of California.

Snaer was an active participant in the McDonald’s High School All-American game as he scored 13 points, pulled down two rebounds and added one assist in 17 minutes played in the game played at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami.

He is currently rated as the nation’s 22nd best high school star on ESPNU’s list of the top-100 prep players entering college next season. He is one of only five players ranked in ESPNU’s top 25 that is bound for an ACC school.

Stan Jones, the Associate Head Coach for the Florida State men’s basketball team, is one of 20 semifinalists for BasketballScoop.com’s “Coach of the Year” award, which recognizes the “Rising Stars” of the college basketball coaching profession.

Jones is in his seventh season as associate head coach at Florida State and has helped lead the Seminoles to five post-season appearances in that time – including an NCAA Tournament berth this year. The Seminoles finished in fourth place in the ACC standings with a 10-6 record and played in the ACC Championship for the first time in school history and are currently ranked No. 16 in the most recent national poll by the Associated Press.

An excellent recruiter, Jones has helped Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton recruit and develop several of the nation’s top talents including NBA Draft picks Tim Pickett, Von Wafer and Alexander Johnson, 2007 NBA Draft Lottery pick Al Thornton, 2009 All-American Toney Douglas and most recently McDonald’s All-Americans Chris Singleton and Michael Snaer.

Jones began his collegiate coaching career under Hamilton at the University of Miami in 1996. He was one of Hamilton’s assistants for the NBA’s Washington Wizards in 2001 and spent a season at Mississippi State prior to his arrival in Tallahassee in 2002.

The semifinalists will be narrowed down to 10 finalists on April 15th following a fan vote on the website. Five winners will then be selected by a panel of coaches on May 4th. Fans can vote for coach Jones by logging onto basketballscoop.com.

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