January 31, 2007 - by
Seminoles’ Thornton Named To Wooden Award Midseason Top-30 List

Jan. 31, 2007

Florida State senior forward Al Thornton, who has helped the Seminoles to a 16-6 record heading into Sunday’s nationally televised game against Duke, has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-30 list as announced by the Wooden Award Committee. Thornton is now one of the 30 finalists across the nation in college basketball who will compete for one of 10 spots on the 10-member Wooden All-American team and Wooden Award Player of the Year honors.

The Wooden Award All-America team will be announced on March 27 and the Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced on April 7 at a ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Thornton, who has three double-doubles in eight ACC games this season, is one of the top players in the ACC. He leads the ACC in scoring in ACC games only (23.0 ppg), is shooting nearly 89 percent from the line against ACC competition, is shooting a career-high .556 from the field and has blocked a career-high 25 shots in the first 22 games of the season. Thornton also leads the ACC with 11 games of 20 or more points scored in a game.

Florida State, which defeated the nation’s No. 1 ranked team – Florida – on Dec. 3, is one of only two teams in the nation that has played the nation’s top three ranked teams in this week’s Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Polls. The Seminoles defeated the Gators, 70-66, at the Donald L. Tucker Center and have a 1-2 record against No. 1 Florida (Dec. 3, 70-66), No. 2 Wisconsin (Nov. 28) and No. 3 North Carolina (Jan. 7). The Seminoles also have victories over No. 23 Virginia Tech (Jan. 17, 82-73), which has defeated both No. 3 North Carolina and No. 10 Duke) and Providence of the Big East (Dec. 29, 92-62) which has earned victories over then No. 23 ranked Boston College, then No. 15 ranked Marquette and Connecticut this past Saturday on the Huskies home floor.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Andrew Bogut (’05), and last year’s recipients, Seimone Augustus (’06) and J.J. Redick.

Wooden Award Midseason
All-American Team - Top 30 Candidates
(Players listed alphabetically. * Indicates player was a 2005-2006 All-American)

Aaron Afflalo 6'5" Jr. G UCLA Morris Almond 6'6" Sr. G Rice Mario Boggan 6'7" Sr. F/C Oklahoma State Corey Brewer 6'9" Jr. F Florida Aaron Brooks 6'0" Sr. G Oregon Glen Davis* 6'9" Jr. F LSU Jared Dudley 6'7" Sr. F Boston College Kevin Durant 6'9" Fr. G/F Texas Nick Fazekas 6'11" Sr. F Nevada A.J. Graves 6'1" Jr. G Butler Aaron Gray 7'0" Sr. C Pittsburgh Taurean Green 6'0" Jr. G Florida Tyler Hansbrough 6'9" So. F North Carolina Jarrius Jackson 6'2" Sr. G Texas Tech Dominic James 5'11" So. G Marquette Acie Law 6'3" Sr. G Texas A&M Chris Lofton 6'2" Jr. G Tennessee Josh McRoberts 6'10" So. F Duke Randolph Morris 6'11" Jr. C Kentucky Drew Neitzel 6'0" Jr. G Michigan State Demetris Nichols 6'8" Sr. F Syracuse Joakim Noah 6'11" Jr. F/C Florida Greg Oden 7'0" Fr. C Ohio State Brandon Rush 6'6" So. G Kansas Sean Singletary 6'0" Jr. G Virginia Curtis Sumpter 6'7" Sr. F Villanova Al Thornton 6'8" Sr. F Florida State Alando Tucker 6'6" Sr. F Wisconsin Marcus Williams 6'7" So. F Arizona Brandan Wright 6'9" Fr. F North Carolina

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