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Redshirt Senior
Normal, Ill.
high school
Normal Community West


A member of three post-season tournament teams during his career at Florida State – the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and the NIT in both 2013 and 2014…ranked in the top 25 for two career statistical categories at Florida State – tied for 19th in career field goal shooting percentage (.534) and tied for 23rd in career blocked shots (66)…played in 125 career collegiate games – including 67 as a Seminole during his four-year career in Tallahassee…only the second six-year player in the history of the Florida State basketball program…was granted a sixth-year of eligibility by the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee on June 3, 2014 and played his final season as a Seminole during the 2014-15 season…missed the entire 2013-14 season with a leg injury…was diagnosed with a stress reaction to the patella tendon attachment in his left leg in October of 2013 – an injury that never sufficiently healed and did not allow him to return to the court…earned his first bachelor’s degree in social science in December of 2013, a certificate in emergency management in May of 2014 and is working towards his second bachelor’s degree in international affairs…one of only 11 players in school history to rank in the top 25 in Seminole history in field goal shooting (tied for 19th, .534) and blocked shots (tied for 23rd, 66 blocked shots)…one of the top shooters to wear a Florida State uniform, he closed his career tied for 19th in school history with .534 career field goal shooting mark…one of only 23 players in school history to shoot 53 percent or better for their careers in school history…also closed his career tied for 23rd in school history for blocked shots with 66…one of only 25 players in school history to block 60 or more shots as a Seminole…his 43 blocked shots during the 2013 season are tied for the 22nd highest single season effort in school history…an outstanding shooter who finished tied for second on the team with a .511 field goal shooting percentage as a redshirt junior…finished eighth in the ACC in blocked shots as a redshirt junior in 2012 as he helped Florida State lead the ACC in blocked shots for the school record fourth consecutive season…helped lead Lincoln College to consecutive NJCAA Division II National Championships in both 2010 and 2011…led Lincoln to the 2011 NJCAA Division II National Championship with a 74-67 victory over Mott Community College on March 20, 2011…scored 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the championship game…scored 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and three blocked shots in Lincoln’s national championship clinching victory during his freshman season…with Turpin in Lincoln’s line-up in 2010 and 2011 the Lynx finished with a 58-13 record…the Lynx were 30-6 during his freshman season and 28-7 during his sophomore season… only the second player in NJCAA Division II history to be named the Most Valuable Player in two consecutive national tournaments – 2010 and 2011…only Turpin and Jeff Massey of Owens Technical College in 1992 and 1993 have won consecutive MVP honors in the Division II National Tournament… earned the First Year Academic Achievement Award from Leonard Hamilton and the coaching staff at the Seminoles’ annual honors banquet in 2012…shared the award as the Seminoles’ top field goal shooter at Florida State’s honors banquets in 2013 and 2015…


Averaged 4.9 points (seventh on the team), 2.3 rebounds (seventh) and 0.7 blocked shots (third) while shooting a team, leading .559 from the field…played in all 33 of the Seminoles’ games and was one of seven Florida State players to play in all 33 games during the season… was a starter in 12 games – the first nine of the season (Nov. 15 through Dec. 13) and in the final three games (including his senior day game) of the season…played in all 33 games to mark a successful return from an injury that forced him to sit out the entire 2013-14 season… brought his career start total to 37 over two seasons…scored in double figures in a career-high six games including his career-high of 19 points in Florida State’s victory over NCAA Tournament participant North Florida (Dec. 17)…his 19 points against the Ospreys came on a near perfect eight of nine shooting (.889 percent) from the field and three of five (.600 percent) shooting from the free throw line…his 11 second half points helped the Seminoles to a 50-49 second half advantage and to the 93-77 victory over the Ospreys…his eight field goals made and his nine field goals attempted both marked career-high statistics…averaged 6.1 points in the Seminoles’ 15 non-conference games during the season – and shot .641 percent in those 15 games…played very well in Florida State’s 17 victories as he averaged 7.3 points and shot .659 from the field including a victory over No. 23 ranked Miami in Tallahassee (Feb. 1)…double figure scoring came in three games during a four game stretch against UCF (10 points), North Florida (19 points) and against USF in the Orange Bowl Classic (13 points) for a 14.0 points per game scoring average as Florida State won all three games…shot an impressive .731 percent from the field (19 of 26) in the three game stretch of wins…scored in double figures twice in ACC play with 10 points in Florida State’s win at home over Miami (Feb. 1) and 10 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Clemson in the ACC Tournament…finished third on the team in blocked shots with 23, including multiple blocked shots in seven different games…blocked his season high of three shots in the Seminoles’ victory over Clemson (March 11) in the second round of the ACC Tournament…also blocked two shots at home against Virginia Tech and Pitt in ACC play…rebounded well late in the season in the final four games with 19 (4.8 rpg) including his season-high of eight against NCAA Tournament participant Louisville (Feb. 28)…


A redshirt season after suffering a left leg injury at the start of preseason practice in October of 2013…diagnosed with a stress reaction to the patella tendon attachment on his left leg on October 2…the injury never healed sufficiently and he did not play in any of the Seminoles’ 36 games during the season…practiced on a limited basis and participated in all team functions throughout the season…completed the requirements for his undergraduate degree in social science in December of 2013 and earned a certificate in emergency management…


Averaged 5.4 points (sixth on the team), 3.0 rebounds (fourth) and 1.3 blocked shots (first) while shooting .511 from the field (tied for second) and played in all 34 games for the Seminoles who played in the prestigious NIT…was one of four players (also Michael Snaer, Okaro White and Aaron Thomas) who played in each of the Seminoles’ games during the 2012-13 season…started 25 of the Seminoles’ 34 games making him one of only three players on the team (also Michael Snaer and Okaro White) who started at least 25 games for Florida State during the season…started the first 23 games of the season (Nov. 9 through Feb. 9) and the final two games of the season against North Carolina (March 15) in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament and against Louisiana Tech (March 19) in the NIT…Florida State’s third leading scorer in ACC games only with a 6.4 points per game scoring average…shot better from the field (.529) than he did for the entire season (.511) and shot better from the free throw line (.743) than he did for the season (.698) in ACC games…a starter in 10 of the Seminoles’ 18 ACC games…averaged 6.6 points in 18 games played at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center…finished eighth in the ACC in blocked shots as a redshirt junior in 2012 as he helped Florida State lead the ACC in blocked shots for the school record fourth consecutive season…Turpin is the fourth leading returning blocked shots specialist in the ACC for the 2013-14 season…led the Seminoles in scoring once during his first active season at Florida State with 16 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Clemson in Tallahassee (Jan. 24)…led the Seminoles in rebounding three times – in wins over Charlotte (Dec. 22) and Clemson (Jan. 24) and on the road at Wake Forest (Feb. 9)…as Florida State’s leader in blocked shots, he blocked a career-high four shots in wins over Clemson (Jan. 24) and against Wake Forest (Feb. 26) and blocked multiple shots in 14 of the Seminoles’ 34 games…three double figure scoring games with his career high of 16 points against Clemson (Jan. 24), 11 in the Seminoles’ late-season win against Virginia (March 7) and in his first career game against Duke (Feb. 2)…his 43 blocked shots during the season are tied for the 22ndhighest single season total in school history…

AS A JUNIOR (2012): 

A redshirt season after transferring from Lincoln College to Florida State for the fall semester in 2011…participated in all team functions including all practices, conditioning, weight training and film sessions but did not play in any games…traveled to and prepared for every game as if he were going to play…said that playing against and learning from current NBA player Bernard James and the Seminoles’ other bigs during the season was the most important aspect of the year away from competition…worked on improving his hook shot in order to give him a bigger arsenal of shots…


Graduated from Lincoln in 2011…averaged 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots as a sophomore in leading Lincoln to the NJCAA Division II National Championship and earning MVP honors of the national tournament…named the Division II Region 24 Player of the Year, the Region 24 All-Region team and the Mid-West Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore…earned All-MWAC First Team honors as a freshman…scored 12 points and added five rebounds in Lincoln’s 90-72 victory over Erie Community College in the 2011 semifinals…scored a double double of 16 points 11 rebounds and added two blocked shots and two assists as he led Lincoln to the national semifinals with a 80-76 win over Cecil College in Maryland in the national quarterfinals…Turpin opened the game with four straight baskets to give the Lynx a lead they never surrendered in defeating Cecil…helped Lincoln gain the NJCAA Division II preseason No. 1 national ranking…totaled a double double of 24 points and 14 rebounds in leading Lincoln over John Wood College on Feb. 11, 2011…totaled 27 points in Lincoln’s win over Illinois Central College on Feb. 4, 2011 – the same night the Lynx raised their 2010 National Championship banner to the roof of their field house…averaged 11.3 points and 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots as a freshman…in being named the MVP of the National Tournament, Turpin averaged 16.3 points and 3.8 blocked shots in leading the Lynx to the national title…totaled 21 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in the 2010 national championship game…Lincoln defeated Cincinnati State, 71-60, to win the national championship…


Graduated from Normal Community West High School in 2009…averaged just over 5.0 points a game as a reserve during his senior season as a growth spurt allowed him to grow into his body…


Born Oct. 1, 1989…Kiel is the son of Lisa and Chris Nichols…Kiel is the son of former Kentucky All-American Mel Turpin…Mel was a two-time All-SEC First Team pick, the 1984 SEC scoring leader and the sixth overall selection in the 1984 NBA Draft…Florida State’s head coach Leonard Hamilton was an assistant coach at Kentucky when Mel was a collegiate star…grew from 6-5 to 6-11 between his junior and senior seasons of high school and grew a total of eight inches during his final two seasons of high school…before his growth spurt in high school he was teased about being shorter than his sister, a 6-4 volleyball player…earned his first bachelor’s degree in social science in 2013…