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ANTHONY POLITE

#2
(Updated June 2019)
position
Guard
height
6-6
weight
215
year
Sophomore-Redshirt
hometown
Lugano, Switzerland
high school
St. Andrews Christian School (Fla.)

ANTHONY POLITE'S CAREER HIGHS

PTS: 9 vs. Canisius (11-19-18), Murray State (3-23-19)
REBS: 5 vs. Winthrop (1-1-19)
ASTS: 3 vs. LSU (11-23-18), vs. Murray State (3-23-19)
STLS: 4 vs. Saint Louis (12-22-18)

HONORS

2018 FSU Academic Dean’s List (Spring)
2018 ACC Academic Honor Roll
2018 Golden Torch Award Winner (FSU Academics)

ON POLITE

A sure-handed guard with a knack for hitting important 3-point shots who will find himself at the center of the Seminoles’ rotation as a redshirt sophomore…now in his third season in the program, his ability to initiate the Seminoles’ offense while running the team from the point guard position and knock down important shots will prove very important with six new players on the court for Florida State during the 2019-20 season…is at his best when the ball is in his hands…his great height on the perimeter with great vision gives him a tremendous ability to run a team from the point guard position…very tough with excellent playmaking skills…left-handed…a hard-nose, tough guard who can score, rebound and play defense…a member of two NCAA Tournament teams who has three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the start of the 2019-20 season…helped the Seminoles to a record-setting season in 2018-19 as Florida State finished with a 29-8 overall record, a 13-5 mark in ACC play, a fourth place finish in the ACC standings, the third appearance in the ACC Tournament Championship Game and a second consecutive appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament…the Seminoles’ 29 wins set the program record for overall wins in a season while their 13 ACC regular season wins set the school record for ACC wins in a season…the Seminoles added two victories in the ACC Tournament to bring their ACC win total to 15 for the season – a total that tied the school record for ACC wins in a season…the Seminoles’ 2012 team also won 15 ACC games as they captured Florida State’s first ever ACC Tournament Championship…appeared in his first three NCAA Tournament games as he helped the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season…averaged 10.3 minutes played per game as Florida State defeated Vermont (March 21, 2019, 76-69) and Murray State (March 23, 2019, 90-62) at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., to advance to the Sweet 16 where they fell to No. 1 seeded Gonzaga (March 28, 2019, 72-58)…ranked as the 40th best shooting guard in the country and the 18th best in the state of Florida according to 247Sports…was named the 2016 Small School Player of the Year in Palm Beach County by the Palm Beach Post…played for the Florida Vipers Under Armour team that went to the semifinals of the Las Vegas 48 tournament…averaged 12 points, six rebounds and two assists over four games while shooting 51% for the Vipers…played with fellow FSU teammate RaiQuan Gray…regarded as a very effective scorer that is efficient from inside and outside the arc… named to the 2018 ACC Academic Honor Roll…earned the Golden Torch Award for the Seminole men’s basketball team in 2018 with a 3.363 grade point average in Entrepreneurship …the Golden Torch is presented annually and goes to the top student-athlete on each of Florida State’s athletic teams…earned the Unsung Hero Award  as a member of Florida State’s Scout team — the Green Vipers — at Florida State’s 2018 Honors Banquet…earned a special team J.U.I.C.E award (Just Us In Combat Every Day) at the Seminoles’ Honors Banquet in 2019.

 

AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2020)

Totaled 8 points (on two made 3-point field goals), 4 rebounds and 1 steal in Florida State’s season-opener at Pitt…his 8 points against the Panthers ranks as a career-high for points in an ACC game (Nov. 6)…scored 7 points to go along with 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot in Florida State’s 63-51 win over No. 6 Florida in Gainesville (Nov. 10)…

AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2019)

Averaged 2.7 points (11th on the team), 1.6 rebounds (ninth) and 0.6 steals (seventh) while playing in 30 of Florida State’s 37 games during its record-setting and NCAA Tournament season…averaged 11.5 minutes played per game as one of 11 Seminoles who averaged 11 or more minutes played per game…shot .773 from the field as he finished the season as one of only five players on the team to shoot 77 percent or better from the free throw line…made 11 well-timed 3-point shots and finished as one of nine Seminoles who made 10 or more 3-point field goals during the season…helped Florida State to a 29-8 overall record and a 13-3 mark in ACC play – both the 29 wins and 13 conference wins set school records for overall and ACC wins in a single season…the Seminoles advanced to the ACC Tournament Championship game after finishing in fourth place in the regular season standings of the ACC…marked just the third time the Seminole had played in the ACC Tournament Championship game in school history…the Seminoles then advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament marking the second consecutive season the Seminoles had advanced to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament…helped Florida State win a school-record eight consecutive ACC games from January 22 (against Clemson) through February 22 against Clemson…Florida State’s record went from 13-5 overall and 1-4 in the ACC to 21-5 overall and 9-4 in the ACC during the school-record eight games winning streak…helped Florida State defeat six ranked teams – including then No. 2 ranked Virginia in the ACC Tournament Semifinals – during the season…Florida State was ranked for the majority of the season – all but one week – and were ranked as high as No. 9 nationally…the Seminoles finished the season ranked No. 10 in the final Associated Press poll of the season…his season-high of nine points came in wins over Canisius and Murray State with eight points coming in Florida State’s victory over Winthrop…his ACC career-high for scoring of five points came in Florida State’s victory at home over Wake Forest (Feb. 13)…averaged 11.5 minutes played per game as he played in double figure minutes in 14 different games including 14 minutes in Florida State’s NCAA Tournament victory over Murray State…played his career-high of 25 minutes and scored five points in Florida State’s game against Villanova in the championship game of the 2018 AdvoCare Invitational…averaged 19.0 minutes per game against UAB (11 minutes played), LSU (21 minutes played) and Villanova (25 minutes played) as Florida State earned a 2-1 record and played in the championship game of the important early-season tournament…made 11 3-point shots with his career-high of two coming in two of Florida State’s most important victories of the season…totaled two long range shots made in Florida State’s overtime victory over LSU in the AdvoCare Invitational and two in Florida State’s victory over Murray State – a win that sent Florida State to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season…also hit an important 3-point shot in Florida State’s ACC victory over Wake Forest at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee…made 17 of 22 free throw attempts with his career-high of four coming in Florida State’s win over Canisius in the first round of the AdvoCare invitational in Tallahassee…made 12 of his 14 free throws of the season…was a defensive terror with his career-high four steals in Florida State’s victory over Saint Louis in the Orange Bowl Classic (Dec. 22)…also totaled three steals in the Seminoles’ victory over Winthrop at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Jan. 1)…totaled seven of his 18 steals for the season in those two back-to-back games…totaled nine of his 18 steals in four consecutive games against UConn (one steal), North Florida (one steal), Saint Louis (four steals) and Winthrop (three steals)…his season debut came with five points and one rebound in nine minutes of playing time in the Seminoles’ 81-60 victory over Florida in Tallahassee (Nov. 6)…totaled his career-high of nine points to go along with two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 13 minutes of play in the Seminoles’ 93-61 win over Canisius in the AdvoCare Invitational in Tallahassee (Nov. 19)…scored six points and totaled his career-high of three assists and two steals in Florida State’s 79-76 overtime victory over LSU in the semifinals of the AdvoCare Invitational (Nov. 23)…totaled four points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist in Florida State’s victory over Troy in Tallahassee (Dec. 3)…scored five points and added one rebound in Florida State’s 79-71 victory over UConn in the Never Forget Tribute Classic at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (Dec. 8)…totaled eight points, his career-high of five rebounds with three steals and one assist in Florida State’s 87-76 win over Winthrop…totaled five points, two rebounds and one steal in Florida State’s 88-66 win over Wake Forest (Feb. 13)…totaled a career-high tying nine points, three rebounds and a career-high tying three assists in 14 minutes in the Seminoles’ 90-62 win over Murray State at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn…the victory over Murray State sent the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season (March 23).

AS A FRESHMAN (2018)

A redshirt season after injuries to both of his knees cut his true freshman season short after just one regular season game…showed a tremendous amount of promise as he played in both of Florida State’s exhibition games and in the Seminoles’ season opening victory over George Washington…totaled six points, three rebounds and four assists in 17 minutes of playing time as Florida State defeated Central Missouri, 116-68, at the Donald L. Tucker Center in its first exhibition game of the season (Oct. 26)…accounted directly for 16 points against Central Missouri – six points on two field goals and one free throw and 10 points on four assists including 3-point shots by Terance Mann and PJ Savoy…totaled six points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 14 minutes of playing time in the Seminoles’ 122-65 win over Thomas University at the Donald L Center (Nov. 7)…totaled five of his six points in the first half as Florida State pulled out to a 59-23 halftime lead…earned four minutes of playing time and was credited with one rebound, one assist and one steal in Florida State’s regular season opening victory over George Washington in Tallahassee (Nov. 14)…three minutes of playing time came in the first half as Florida State jumped out to a 50-32 advantage at the intermission…practiced and traveled with the Seminoles throughout the remainder of the season.

AT ST. ANDREWS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Graduated from St. Andrew’s Christian School in 2017… averaged a double-double of 19.1 points and 11.7 rebounds to go along with 4.6 assists and 2.4 steals in 26 games while leading St. Andrew’s to a regional semifinal…scored 24 points in the semifinal loss…in the quarterfinals made a late layup to give St. Andrew’s the lead and the victory…finished his high school career with 1545 points…shot an astounding .590 percent from the field and .390 percent from the 3-point line…named the 2017 All-Palm Beach 6A-1A Basketball Player of the Year as he helped St. Andrew’s win a district title…St. Andrew’s finished the season with a 25-3 record…served as the team captain at St. Andrew’s his senior season…led St. Andrew’s to a 51-5 record during his junior and senior seasons…as a junior averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game…led St. Andrew’s to the 4A regional championship game and a 26-2 record…named to the Class 4A-1A All-State First-Team…averaged 18.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore in leading St. Andrew’s to an 18-8 season…led his team to the district championship game…led St. Andrew’s to a 21-1 record as a freshman, their only loss coming to Oxbridge Academy at the MLK classic…the Scots topped Coral Springs Charter to win their first district title and defeated Calvary Christian in the regional quarterfinals…led St. Andrew’s to a victory over Chaminade to send St. Andrew’s to the district championship game…a member of the St. Andrew’s varsity all four years of high school…named as the St. Andrew’s Player of the Year as both a junior and senior…named the St. Andrew’s Player of the Game 18 times as both a junior and senior.

PERSONAL

Born June 21, 1997…Anthony is the son of Michael Polite…his father, Michael Polite, played for the Seminoles in 1988-91 and in 99 games averaged 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds…born in Switzerland in 1997 while his father was playing professionally…moved to the United States when he was 15 for his freshman season…played soccer for four years before deciding to concentrate on basketball…selected Florida State over Duke, Miami, Pitt, Virginia Tech and Southern Cal…major is Finance.