PTS: 22 vs. Colorado (3-22-21)
REBS: 9 vs. Gardner-Webb (12-21-20)
ASTS: 5 vs. Chicago State (11-25-19), Notre Dame (1-25-20)
STLS: 5 vs. Saint Francis (11-23-19), at Miami (1-18-20)
2018 FSU Academic Dean’s List (Spring)
2018 ACC Academic Honor Roll
2018 Golden Torch Award Winner (FSU Academics)
2019 Orange Bowl Classic Most Outstanding Player
2020 ACC Regular Season Championship Team
2020 ACC Championship Team
2020-21 ACC Breakout Player (CBS Sports)
2021 Florida State University Graduate (Finance)
2021-22 Top 10 ACC Player (247Sports)
I wear No. 2 at Florida State because I am the second member of my family to play at Florida State. My dad, Michael, wore No. 45 during his career as a Seminole (1988, 1989, 1991).
Anthony Polite is the 10th player in school history (and the first since C.J. Walker in 2017 and 2018) to wear No. 2 at Florida State. The No. 2 was worn by Marquez White during the 2013-14 season. White played both basketball and football at Florida State and played in the Rose Bowl (as a Seminole football player) and in the NIT at Madison Square Garden (as a basketball player) in the same season. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
My full name is Anthony Michael Lewis Polite. Anthony comes from Saint Antonio (also known as Anthony of Lisbon) whose birthday was June 13, 1231. My grandmother was also born on June 13 and my mother really loved the name Anthony. My middle name, Michael, is from my dad and Lewis is after my mother’s grandfather – my great-grandfather.
My hometown of Lugano, Switzerland, is located in the southern part of the country. It is a quiet and calm place surrounded by mountains and different colors in nature. The climate is hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. There are many days when it might be cold with snow early in the day and dry, hot and sunny later in the day. Lugano is the ninth-largest city in Switzerland with a population of just 63,000. Since the city of Lugano shares a border with Italy, many people speak Italian within its borders.
Earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Florida State University on April 24, 2021…one of the top returning players in the ACC whose play on college basketball’s biggest stage during the 2021 NCAA Tournament merits strong consideration for him as one of the nation’s top players for the 2021-22 season…his play throughout his career allows him to be considered as a top candidate for All-ACC honors and for All-ACC Defensive Team honors as one of the most experienced players in the ACC…his play throughout his career – and specifically in the last two seasons – has pushed him to the top of the ACC mountain of outstanding players…was at his best on the nation’s grandest stage in the NCAA Tournament in Florida State’s victory over Colorado in the second round of the tournament…totaled 22 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in one of the greatest NCAA Tournament performances in school history to lead the Seminoles over the Buffaloes by a 71-53 margin…was eight of 12 from the field (including four of seven from the 3-point arc) in strong-arming the Seminoles to the victory…totaled 14 of his 22 points in the second half as Florida State outscored Colorado by a 47-33 margin in the final 20 minutes…enters his senior season with 79 made 3-point field goals and needs only 21 3-point shots made to become just the 24th player in school history to make 100 or more 3-point shots…he averages 26.3 made 3-point field goals in his three years as a prime time player at Florida State…has helped the Seminoles to a 73-20 record and a .785 winning percentage in his first three seasons…has starting experience (24 career starts) and has played in 83 career games as one of the most experienced players in the ACC in his fifth season as a member of the program…a coveted left-handed guard who continues to make big shots on offense and big plays on defense as Florida State’s leader…has displayed his value throughout this career as a starter or coming off of the bench…has great height on the perimeter with great vision that 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 three NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 teams…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…helped the Seminoles to a 26-5 overall record and a 16-4 mark in the ACC during the 2019-20 season…the Seminoles won the ACC Championship for the second time in school history and were on the cusp of earning the highest NCAA Tournament seed in school history before the event was cancelled because of the coronavirus…the Seminoles’ 16 ACC regular season wins ranks as the most in school history and allowed the Seminoles to win the regular season conference championship for the first time in school history…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 in 2020…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)…a starter in three games during the 2021 NCAA Tournament as Florida State advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive tournament…averaged 27.7 minutes as a starter in all three of the Seminoles’ 2021 NCAA Tournament games against UNC Greensboro (March 20, 64-54), Colorado (March 22, 71-53) and in the Sweet 16 against Michigan (March 28, 58-76)…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 on the Green Vipers…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…presented with one award – as an Outstanding Academic All-Star – at Florida State’s 2020 season ending Honors Banquet.
Averaged a career-high 10.1 points (fourth on the team), a career-high 4.5 rebounds (tied for third), a career-high 1.4 steals (second) and a career-high 1.8 assists (fourth) while making a career-high tying 34 3-point shots (second)…established career-highs for games started (16), field goals made (75), field goal shooting percentage (.500), 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.436), free throws made (28), free throws attempted (42), total points (212), average points scored per game (10.1), offensive rebounds (27), total rebounds (94), average rebounds per game (4.5), assists (37), blocked shots (nine), total minutes played (558) and average minutes played per game (26.6) while tying his career-highs for 3-point field goals made (34) and defensive rebounds (67)…ranked eighth in the ACC with his career-high 1.4 steals per game average…scored in double figures in a career-high 11 games including twice in the NCAA Tournament (12 in Florida State’s win over UNC Greensboro and his career-high of 22 points in the Seminoles’ win over Colorado to send the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive time…his career-high .436 field goal shooting percentage for the season is ranked as the 10th best in school history for a single season making him one of just 13 players in school history to shoot .430 percent or better from the bonusphere in a single season…inserted himself onto the national stage with one of the greatest NCAA Tournament performances in school history with a 22 points, five rebounds, four assist and four steal performance in the Seminoles’ second round win over Colorado…his performance almost single-handedly propelled the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive tournament…totaled eight first half points and was the only player in double figures in the first 20 minutes of the game…helped lead the Seminoles to an 18-7 overall record and a 11-4 record in ACC play…Florida State finished in second place in the ACC standings, to the championship game of the ACC Tournament and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament…hit two 3-point shots before the first media timeout (at the 17:49 and 16:14 marks to give the Seminoles an early 6-5 lead…a fast break basket for his eighth point of the first half and an 11-11 tie with 10:07 left to play before intermission…scored six consecutive points for Florida State on a lay-up (at the 15:38 mark of the second half), another lay-up (at the 14:33 mark) and a jump shot (at the 13:48 mark) to spark the Seminoles to a 34-27 advantage…that run gave the Seminoles the lead for good and allowed Florida State to extend its lead to 19 points in winning the games by a 71-53 margin…totaled two of his four steals for the game in the second half – with his second half thievery leading to the Seminoles holding the Buffaloes to 33 second half points…a career-best four consecutive games of double figure scoring against Florida (14 points), Georgia Tech (10 points), UCF (14 points) and Gardner Webb (15 points) to average 13.3 points from December 12 against the Gators through December 21 against Gardner-Webb… three consecutive ACC games in double figure scoring at Miami (12 points), at North Carolina (10 points) and the ACC home finale against Boston College (13 points) for an 11.7 points per game average from February 24 through March 3…his season-high of four steals came in a win at home against Boston College and against Colorado in the NCAA Tournament…totaled seven points, three rebounds and two assists as a starter in Florida State’s 86-58 win over North Florida in its season-opener (Dec. 2)…totaled nine points, a season-high tying eight rebounds and one blocked shot in Florida State’s 69-67 victory over Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Tallahassee (Dec. 9)…scored 14 points, with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot in Florida State’s victory over Florida in Tallahassee (Dec. 12)…totaled 10 points, three assists and three steals in Florida State’s ACC season-opening 74-61 ACC victory over Georgia Tech in Tallahassee (Dec. 15)..totaled 14 points and six rebounds against UCF in Tallahassee (Dec. 19)…a team-high 15 points as well as a team and career-high nine rebounds in Florida State’s 72-59 win over Gardner-Webb at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Dec. 21)…totaled 12 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot in Florida State’s 92-85 overtime win over Wake Forest in Tallahassee (Feb. 13)…totaled eight points, two assists and two steals in Florida State’s 81-60 victory over No. 7 Virginia in Tallahassee (Feb. 15)…scored 12 points with three rebounds as a starter in Florida State’s 88-71 win over Miami in Coral Gables (Feb. 24)…in double figures with 10 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal at North Carolina in the Dean E. Smith Center (Feb. 27)…in double figures with 13 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists in Florida State’s 93-64 win over Boston College on Senior Night in Tallahassee (March 3)…totaled eight points, six rebounds and one steal in Florida State’s game against Notre Dame (March 6)…the game-winning 3-point shot to give Florida State the 65-64 lead with 2:06 left to play in the Seminoles’ 69-66 win over North Carolina in the ACC Tournament semifinals…the win sent the Seminoles to the ACC Championship game for the fourth time in school history (March 12)…scored 10 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists in the ACC Tournament Championship game against Georgia Tech (March 13)…totaled 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in Florida State’s 64-54 win over UNC Greensboro in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. (March 20)…scored nine points, pulled down four rebounds and earned three steals in Florida State’s game against Michigan in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. (March 28).
Averaged 5.8 points (seventh), 2.9 rebounds (sixth), 1.2 steals (third) and 1.1 assists (fifth) while making a career-high tying 34 3-point shots (third)…established career-highs for games played (31), field goals attempted (155), 3-point field goals attempted (96), defensive rebounds (67) and steals (37)…a vital player for the Seminoles in one of the most successful seasons in school history…the Seminoles finished the season with a 26-5 overall record and a 16-4 mark in ACC play, as the champions of the ACC…the Seminoles’ 16-4 record in ACC play established a school record for ACC wins in a single season and a single season school record for conference wins in a season…as the No. 1 overall seed in the ACC Tournament, the Seminoles were the favorites to win the conference tournament championship before it was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic…Florida State was also favored to earn a high seed in the NCAA Tournament and were among the favorites to win the national championship…named the Most Outstanding Player in the Seminoles’ victory over USF in the Orange Bowl Classic…totaled 11 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one blocked shot in Florida State’s come-from-behind victory over USF in the annual event at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla…a catalyst in Florida State’s second half comeback that saw the Seminoles rally from a 13-point deficit to win the game by a 66-60 margin…made 34 shots from long range as a redshirt sophomore…made at least one 3-point shot in 19 of Florida State’s 31 games with multiple 3-point shots coming in 10 different games…four 3-point field goals made in wins over Clemson and Virginia and three made in Florida State’s 85-84 win over Notre Dame in Tallahassee…double figure scoring in six games after not scoring in double figures during his redshirt freshman season…double figure scoring for the first time in his career in Florida State’s victory over Clemson in Tallahassee…totaled 12 points on a season-high four made 3-point shots in Florida State’s ACC victory over Clemson in Tallahassee (Dec. 8)…each of his 12 points came from the 3-point line as he made four 3-point shots for the first of two times during the season…the Seminoles defeated the Tigers by a 72-53 margin in gaining their first ACC win of the season…also made four 3-point shots in scoring 14 points in Florida State’s 54-50 win over Virginia in Tallahassee (Jan. 15)…Florida State was 6-0 when he scored in double figures during the 2019-20 season…a starter in a eight games including five in ACC play (Georgia Tech, at Louisville, at Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Syracuse) – all five of which were victories for the Seminoles…was also a starter in three non-conference victories early in the season against Chattanooga (Nov. 20), Saint Francis (Nov. 23)and Chicago State (Nov. 25)…helped Florida State to the championship of the Emerald Coast Classic as the Seminoles gained wins over Chattanooga, Chicago State, No. 17 Tennessee and Purdue in the championship game…finished third on the team with a single-season career-high 37 steals including his career-high of five steals in the Seminoles’ victory over Saint Francis and five in Florida State’s 83-79 overtime win over Miami in Coral Gables (Jan. 18)…earned multiple steals in 10 different games – five against Saint Francis and Miami and three each in victories over Chicago State, Virginia in Tallahassee, and Notre Dame in Tallahassee…at least one steal in 18 of Florida State’s 31 games……totaled two points and a season-high eight rebounds in Florida State’s 99-81 win over Miami in Tallahassee (Feb. 8)…also seven rebounds against Saint Francis and six in Florida State’s 82-67 victory at home over Pittsburgh…totaled eight points (on two made 3-point field goals), four rebounds and one steal in Florida State’s season-opener at Pitt (Nov. 6)…scored seven points to go along with two rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot in Florida State’s 63-51 win over No. 6 Florida in Gainesville (Nov. 10)…a starter for the first time in his career and finished with two rebounds and one point in Florida State’s victory over Chattanooga in Tallahassee…totaled eight points, seven rebounds and a career-high five steals in Florida State’s 85-60 win over Saint Francis…scored nine points to go along with four rebounds, a career-high five assists and three steals in Florida State’s victory over Chicago State in Tallahassee… scored 11 points to go along with one rebound, one assist and one steal in Florida State’s victory over North Alabama in Tallahassee (Dec. 28)…totaled eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in Florida State’s 70-58 victory over Georgia Tech in Tallahassee (Dec. 31)…totaled 10 points, five rebounds, a career-high tying five steals and three assists in Florida State’s victory over Miami in Coral Gables…scored seven second half points as the Seminoles gained the valuable ACC road win (Jan. 18)…scored nine points to go along with five assists and three steals in Florida State’s 85-84 win over Notre Dame (Jan. 25)…a starter with seven points, four rebounds and two assists in Florida State’s victory over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg (Feb. 1)…scored 10 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals in Florida State’s victory over Pitt at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Feb. 18)…totaled eight points and four rebounds in Florida State’s 82-67 win over Louisville in Tallahassee (Feb. 24).
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 Seminoles 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 season-high scoring total 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 season-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 season-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 a career-high tying 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 season-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 season-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 season-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 season-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 season-high tying nine points, three rebounds and a season-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).
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. Tucker 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.
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 1,545 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 team 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.
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.