TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Kiel Turpin, who was a member of Florida State’s 2012 ACC Championship team, earned All-League First-Team honors and was named the Center and Import Player of the Year as he averaged a double-double of 15.8 points and 13.1 rebounds in his first season as a professional. He played his rookie season as a member of the Energy Invest Rustavi team in the Eastern European Country of Georgia. The Rustavi team plays in the Georgia Super League – the highest professional league in Georgia.
Turpin finished his season ranked second on the team in scoring (15.8 ppg) and first on the team in rebounding (13.3 rpg). He shot .547 from the field (second on the team) and led the team with a 3.0 blocked shots per game average. He scored in double figures in 27 of his 28 games and totaled 24 double doubles. Among his top performances were a double double of 24 points and 16 rebounds in Rustavi’s win over Mgzaverbi, 12 points and 22 rebounds against MIA Academy and 19 points and 24 rebounds against Olimpi.
“My experience in Georgia was one to remember,” said Turpin shortly after he return home to his family in Illinois. “I had a lot of veterans on my team that really took me under their wing and helped me adjust quite well to the playing style overseas. The coaching staff was very supportive and helped me throughout the season. We unfortunately missed the playoffs by a game or two but we also only played four home games while our gym was under construction. Overall I had a great time overseas and can’t wait to start my second year playing.”
Turpin led Rustavi to a 14-14 record while leading the league in rebounds and blocked shots. Rustavi missed the playoffs by one game.
Turpin was 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. He is 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 24th in career blocked shots (66). Turpin played in 125 career collegiate games – including 67 as a Seminole during his four-year career in Tallahassee.