2021 ACC Academic Honor Roll
There is no significance, other than I think it’s a cool-looking number, as to what I wear No. 44.
Max Thorpe is just the 12th player in school history, and the first since the 2002 season, to wear the No. 44 for the Seminoles. Lawrence McCray (1972-74) wore No. 44 as a sophomore starter for the Seminoles’ 1972 NCAA Finalist team. He averaged 12.0 points and 8.2 rebounds in leading the Seminoles to a 27-6 overall record and victories over Minnesota, Kentucky and North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament before the Seminoles fell to No. 1 ranked UCLA in the 1972 NCAA Championship game.
My full name is Maxwell Jesse Thorpe. My parents named me Max because they liked the name from the book Where The Wild Things Are. I got my middle name Jesse from my great grandfather Dr. Bertram Jesse Thorpe.
My hometown of Clearwater, Fla. is famous for having the world’s best beaches. It’s a diverse and large city, and when combined with St. Petersburg and Tampa, is one of the most active and fun places to live in the United States. Two great Seminoles — Okaro White and Luke Loucks – are from Clearwater.
One of the Seminoles’ most valuable team players who is in his second season as a member of the Florida State Basketball program…a member of the Seminoles 2021 NCAA Tournament team that advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in his career….helped the Seminoles to victories over both UNC Greensboro and Colorado to send Florida State to the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive tournament…is in his second season as a Seminole after he became a member of the team in the fall of 2020…adds depth at the guard position throughout his career as a Seminole…helped lead the Tampa Tarpons AAU team to over a dozen championships including a National Championship and a championship at the Disney Invitational…he is a sophomore athletically and a junior academically…named to the 2021 ACC Academic Honor Roll.
A member of Florida State’s 2021 ACC Tournament finalist team and NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 team in his first season as a Seminole…did not play in any games as a first-year player but displayed his desire to help the Seminoles continue their success on the ACC and national levels…helped the Seminoles to an 18-7 overall record and an 11-4 mark in ACC play…the Seminoles finished in second place in the ACC regular season standings, advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament, and played in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his career…the Seminoles were ranked No. 10 in the final USA Today Coaches poll of the 2021 season…a member of Florida State’s acclaimed Green Team which has gained national attention as one of the top scout teams in all of college basketball…the Green Team lists RaiQuan Gray – a 2021 NBA Draft selection of the Brooklyn Nets – as one of the founding members of the group…as a member of the Green Team he illustrates his desire to make the Seminoles a better team each time he practices with his teammates.
Played at Clearwater Academy International during the 2019-20 season…helped CAI to a 25-7 record as its team captain in his only season at the school…six players from his CAI team are playing collegiately during the 2020-21 season…named to the All-Tournament team at the West Florida Post Grad Shootout following his freshman season…graduated from St. Petersburg Collegiate High School in 2020.
Graduated from St. Petersburg Collegiate during his senior season in 2020…finished his high school academic career with a 4.16 Grade Point Average…inducted into the National Honor Society.
Attended Clearwater Countryside High School as a freshman, sophomore and as a junior…a member of the varsity team during all three seasons at Clearwater…helped lead Clearwater to the No. 1 ranking in the Tampa Bay area as a sophomore…led the Cougars to consecutive state championship tournament playoff appearances… averaged 8.0 points, 6.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals before a fractured ankle ended his junior season…started every game as a junior until his injury and led the team in three point shooting (.360 percent).
Born June 4, 2001…Max is the son of Christine and David Thorpe…his father, David, is a noted NBA Player Development Specialist and Life Coach…has a twin sister, Rachel…was born 25 minutes before his twin sister…intends to major in Physiology or Sports Management with a desire to become an NBA executive…major is Sport Management.