TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Brandon Allen, a member of the nationally ranked Florida State basketball team from 2014-18, has been named to the NABC Honors Court for the second consecutive season. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the men’s basketball student-athletes who excelled in the class room during the past season. Allen earned his degree in Electrical Engineering in May and earned a 3.368 grade point average during his redshirt senior year as he helped the Seminoles advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Allen played in a near career‐high 23 games during the 2017-18 season. He started the first two games of his career as a redshirt senior when he earned starting assignments in Florida State’s Senior Day victory over Boston College and in the Seminoles’ victory over Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Allen made the most important basket of his career on a jumper at the first half buzzer to give the Seminoles a 41‐32 lead over Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. Florida State increased their lead to 15 in the second half in defeating the No. 4 seeded Bulldogs, 75‐60, to advance to the Elite Eight.
Academically, the sharpshooting forward was one of the Seminoles’ top academic achievers during his career.
Allen was named to the 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 ACC Academic Honor Roll and earned numerous academic awards throughout his career. He earned the First Year Academic Achievement Award in 2014 and was named the Seminoles’ Outstanding Student‐Athlete in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Allen was presented with the Tip of the Spear Award at Florida State’s Honors Banquet in 2018. The Tip of the Spear Award is annually given to the member of the men’s basketball team who exemplifies Florida State’s unconquered spirit and who give unselfishly of himself throughout the season.
Florida State defeated 18 nationally ranked teams during his five‐year career in Tallahassee. The Seminoles finished the 2016‐17 season tied for 16th by the Associated Press and 24th by the coaches in the USA Today Poll. Florida State finished tied for 18th in the final AP Poll of the 2017‐18 season after their run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
To be named to the NABC Honors Court, a student must have junior or senior class academic standing, must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher and must have been at his current institution for at least one season.
Allen was one of nine players on four ACC teams named to the NABC Honors Court.