March 26, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
Florida State University senior forward Al Thornton, a unanimous All-ACC First-Team selection and runner-up for ACC Player of the Year honors, has been named to the All-America Third-Team by the Associated Press. He is the second player in school history to earn either first, second or third team AP All-America honors and the first player since 1989 to earn All-America honors of third team or higher by any voting panel since George McCloud was an All-America Third-Team selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Associated Press.
“This is truly a great honor and I am very pleased to be able to represent Florida State, our coaching staff and my teammates on one of the Associated Press All-America teams,” said Thornton. “To be recognized along with the other great players on the three teams is something I only dreamed about before coming to Florida State as a freshman. This is a big honor not just for me, but for my coaches and my teammates who have helped me raise the level of my play during my career.”
Thornton leads the ACC with a career-high 19.7 points per game average and ranks seventh in the ACC in rebounding with a career-high 7.2 rebounds per game average. He is bidding to become only the second Seminole in school history to lead the ACC in scoring (Bob Sura led the league with a 21.4 ppg average in 1994). Thornton led the ACC in conference games only with a 23.2 points per game average in 16 league games.
Thornton led the Seminoles to the third round of the NIT with a 22-13 record as a senior. He also led Florida State in most statistical categories including scoring (19.7 ppg), rebounding (7.2 rpg), field goal shooting percentage (.530), steals (53 / 1.5 spg), blocked shots (40 / 1.1 bpg) and minutes played (1,092 / 31.2 mpg). Thornton played in a career-high 35 games as a senior and in 124 games for his career – the second highest career total in school history.
Thornton scored a near school-record 690 total points as a senior. He came within 53 points of establishing a single-season school record for points scored in a season. Thornton’s incredible versatility allowed him to become the only player in school history to score 1,500 or more points (1,521), pull down 600 or more rebounds (640 / 5.2 rpg), earn 100 or more steals (103), block 70 or more shots (74) and make more than 60 3-point shots (63)
Thornton was named to the Division I All-District 6 men’s basketball team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches earlier this season and was a two-time national Player of the Week as selected by ESPN’s Dick Vitale. It is the second consecutive season Thornton has earned All-District 6 First-Team honors.
Florida State won 22 games this season. It marked the most wins in a single-season for the Seminoles since the 1992-93 season when they had a 25-10 record and advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles also tied the school record for games played in a single season with 35.
Associated Press First-Team Associated Press Second-Team Associated Press Third-Team Kevin Durant, Texas Nick Fazekas, Nevada Jeff Green, Georgetown Alando Tucker, Wisconsin Tyler Hansbrough, N. Carolina Al Horford, Florida Acie Law IV, Texas A&M Chris Lofton, Tennessee Aaron Brooks, Oregon Arron Afflalo, UCLA Jared Dudley, Boston College Al Thornton, Florida State Greg Oden, Ohio State Joakim Noah, Florida Aaron Gray, Pittsburgh