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 first 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.
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.
Al Thornton an AP Third-Team All-American
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