TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Sophomore Trent Forrest earned a team-high five awards – including the Charlie Ward Outstanding Defensive Player award – as the Florida State men’s basketball team celebrated their NCAA Tournament Elite Eight team at their annual honors banquet at the Champions Club on the FSU Campus. Forrest was one of eight Seminoles who earned multiple awards, with seniors Braian Angola and Phil Cofer earning three awards each.
Florida State advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and was ranked No. 18 in the final USA Today Coaches poll of the season. The Seminoles defeated a near-school-record six ranked teams including two in the NCAA Tournament (Xavier and Gonzaga) and finished the season with a 23-12 overall record.
Forrest (Chipley, Fla.) averaged a career-high 7.9 points, a career-high 4.9 rebounds, led the Seminoles in both assists (4.1 apg) and steals (1.6 spg) while playing in 34 games. In addition to earning the Charlie Ward Outstanding Defensive Player Award, he was also presented with the Seminoles’ Sixth Man Award, the Otto Petty Most Assists Award, was one of four winners of the Dave Cowens Chairman of the Boards Award and earned the Outstanding Academic Student-Athlete Award.
Angola, who played in two NCAA Tournaments during his two-year career as a Seminole, earned the awards as Florida State’s best 3-point and free throw shooter and took home one of three Bob Sura Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year awards. He made a team-leading and career-high 64 3-point shots and shot a career-high .837 from the free throw line in 35 games as a senior. Angola finished his career ranked second in school history with a .818 free throw shooting percentage.
Cofer was presented with the awards for the best 3-point field goal shooting percentage, one of the four for the Dave Cowens Chairman of the Boards trophies and one of three Bob Sura Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year recognitions. Cofer shot a career-high .375 from the 3-point line, led the Seminole in scoring (12.8 ppg) and ranked second in rebounding (5.1 rpg).
Junior Terance Mann, who averaged a career-high 12.6 points per game and who earned All-ACC Honorable Mention honors, was also presented with one of three Bob Sura Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year awards and one of four Dave Cowens Chairman of the Boards recognitions.
Freshman Ike Obiagu, who ranked first among his teammates and first among all freshmen in the ACC with 71 blocked shots (2.1 bpg) earned awards as the Seminoles’ best shot blocker and the First Year Academic Achievement Award for his outstanding efforts in the class room.
The Seminoles’ outstanding scout team of RaiQuan Gray, Travis Light, Justin Lindner, Will Miles, Anthony Polite, Harrison Prieto and Wyatt Wilkes were all recognized with the Unsung Hero award.
Redshirt freshman Mfiondu Kabengle was presented with two awards: one as the Seminoles’ Most Improved Player and one of four Dave Cowens Chairman of the Boards. He averaged 4.6 rebounds per game.
Brandon Allen, who completed his career as one of the most respected players in school history, was presented with the Tip of the Spear Award by the coaching staff. The Tip of the Spear Award is presented annually to the member of the men’s basketball team who exemplifies Florida State’s unconquered spirit and who gives unselfishly of himself throughout the season.
Florida State was the only team in the state of Florida to defeat both Florida and Miami, defeated a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history (Xavier), played in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for third time in school history and were nationally ranked for six weeks during the season. The Seminoles then proceeded to defeat three teams seeded higher than them in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
First Year Academic Achievement Award – Ike Obiagu
Academic Achievement – Harrison Prieto
Academic Achievement – Justin Lindner
Outstanding Academic Student Athlete – Trent Forrest
Sixth Man – Trent Forrest
Most Improved – Mfiondu Kabengele
Mr. Hustle – CJ Walker
Best Field Goal Percentage – Christ Koumadje
Best Free Throw Percentage – Braian Angola
Best 3-Point Field Goal Percentage – Braian Angola
Best 3-Point Field Goal Percentage – Phil Cofer
Best 3-Point Field Goal Percentage – PJ Savoy
Otto Petty Most Assists – Trent Forrest
Dave Cowens Chairman of the Boards – Phil Cofer
Dave Cowens Chairman of the Boards – Trent Forrest
Dave Cowens Chairman of the Boards – Mfiondu Kabengele
Best Shot Blocker – Ike Obiagu
Charlie Ward Outstanding Defensive Player – Trent Forrest
Bub Sura Outstanding Offensive Player – Phil Cofer
Bub Sura Outstanding Offensive Player – Terance Mann
Bub Sura Outstanding Offensive Player – Braian Angola
Newcomer of the Year – M.J. Walker
Unsung Hero Award – Harrison Prieto, Justin Lindner, Travis Light, Anthony Polite, RaiQuan Gray, Wyatt Wilkes
Tip of the Spear – Brandon Allen