TALLAHASSEE, Fla (seminoles.com) – ACC Sixth Man of the Year Matthew Cleveland, Anthony Polite, Justin Lindner and Harrison Prieto are among seven members of the Florida State Men’s Basketball Team who have been named to the 2021-22 ACC Academic Honor Roll. Cleveland earned the honor for the first time and Polite for the second, while Linder (five) and Prieto (six) joined a rare group of ACC student-athletes who have earned the honor five or more times. Also named to the Academic Honor Roll were freshman Michael Brown along with sophomores Isaac Spainhour and Max Thorpe.
It marks the sixth consecutive year at least seven members of Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s team have been honored academically by the ACC. In the last six seasons, the Seminole Men’s Basketball Team has earned a total of 45 ACC Academic Honor Roll selections and had 11 players named to the All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team.
“I’m really proud of this group of guys for their commitment to their academic success,” said Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “Our players studied while we were on the road, when they were hurt, and after some of them had surgery – because each of them knows how important their success in the classroom is to them and their families. Their success academically is vital to their success on the court.”
Polite earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance in 2021 and will earn a Master’s degree in Athletic Coaching from the Florida State School of Education. Prieto earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology in 2020 and will earn his Master’s Degree in Meteorology on July 30, 2022.
Cleveland, who was second on the team in scoring with an 11.5 points per game scoring average as a freshman, was named to both the All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll. He finished his freshman season as Florida State’s second-leading scorer (11.5 ppg) and as its third-leading rebounder (4.6 rpg). He played in 29 of 31 games, led the Seminoles in minutes played (26.2 mpg) and was first on the team with 133 field goals made and 61 free throws.
Two Seminoles – Isaac Spainhour and Max Thorpe – were named to the ACC Academic Honor for the second consecutive time.
Spainhour played in his career-high six games in 2021-22 after redshirting during his first season as a Seminole.
“Academics has always been important to me and my family,” said Spainhour. “My parents have always wanted me to work hard and do my best and get my degree. Earning my degree in Sport Management from Florida State is one of my goals.
Spainhour earned academic Dean’s Lost Honors during the spring of 2021 and was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in the 2021.
Thorpe played in five games as a redshirt freshman during the 2021-22 season.
“My family always pushed me to succeed in school, and academic success was always a top priority in my household growing up,” said Thorpe. ”It’s very important to me to work hard and allow my parents to be proud of me.”
The ACC Academic Honor Roll consists of student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year. The conference recognized more than 5,000 student-athletes for their hard work in the classroom.
Seminoles On The ACC Academic Honor Roll
Michael Brown, Sport Management, (1)
Matthew Cleveland, Criminology, (1)
Justin Lindner, Master’s in Athletic Coaching, (5)
Anthony Polite, Finance, (2)
Harrison Prieto, Master’s in Meteorology, (6)
Isaac Spainhour, Sport Management, (2)
Max Thorpe, Sport Management, (2)