Post-season basketball awards and report card

With Florida State's basketball season all wrapped up, NoleDigest looks back on one of the most successful seasons the Tribe has had in years and hands out postseason rewards.

MVP: Toney Douglas

This one is a no-brainer. Douglas used senior leadership and a tremendous work ethic to lead Florida State to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in over a decade. Douglas led the ACC in scoring in conference play and was named All-ACC first team. Douglas also finished second in voting for the ACC Player of the Year award.

Shining moment: On the road at Virginia Tech with the 'Noles tied at 65, Douglas goes coast to coast and hits a runner with six seconds to play giving Florida State their eighth conference win of the season to cap off a 22 point, 5 rebound and 2 steal performance.

Rookie of the year: Solomon Alibi

Alibi had a slow start to the season but really turned it on during ACC play showing flashes of big time talent for the 'Noles in the near future. Alibi was extremely active in the ACC leading Florida State defense, clogging up the middle and was able to develop a nice set of moves on offense. Alibi will be a force in the ACC as long as he stays at FSU and will be a big part of any success the Tribe has in the near future.

Shining moment: During a road game at #10 Clemson, Alibi had a great performance that earned him ACC Rookie of the week honors. Alibi scored 17 points shooting 8-10 from the field, grabbed nine rebounds and had 5 blocks as FSU came back from 17 down to knock off the Tigers moving the 'Noles into second place in the ACC.

Post-season Grades

Leonard Hamilton: A-

Hamilton led a team picked to finish 10th in the ACC to a 4th place conference finish and was named the conference Coach of the Year. Florida State relied on six first year players to contribute and all adjusted well to the college game in a dominant conference. Florida State also made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in over a decade and played in their first ever ACC Championship Game. A lot of that credit goes to the man in charge. The only reason Hamilton does not receive an "A" or "A+" is because of how he managed the game against Wisconsin. The Badgers opened the second half on a 13-0 run with no time-out called by Hamilton. Other than that, Hamilton showed why Florida State has kept him around and will likely continue to do so.

0 Pierre Jordan: Incomplete

1 Xavier Gibson: B

Gibson is going to be a big-time player for the 'Noles in the near future. He saw limited minutes this season, but while he was in, made his presence felt.

2 Jordan DeMercy: C-

DeMercy is a solid defensive player but a liability on offense. His inability to make shots from beyond 15 feet allows opposing defenses to play off of him and focus on shutting down any inside game.

3 Luke Loucks: C-

Loucks had a tough time early on turning in a few dismal gams but started to adjust over the course of the season showing potential. Loucks should continue to improve and be a solid 6th man for FSU next season.

4 Deividas Dulkys: C

Dulkys has a tough first year for the most part. He came in expected to be a deadly shooter from the outside but struggled for the majority of the season. One thing about Dulkys is that he never plays scared. He plays with intensity on defense and isn't afraid to let it fly on offense. Once he fixes his shot, he will be very helpful to the 'Noles.

21 Brian Hoff: B

Hoff ended his career as a Seminole this season. He didn't play much but was always into the games from the sidelines motivating his teammates. That along with a start on senior night where he opened the game with two straight 3's is good enough for a passing grade.

22 Derwin Kitchen: C+

Kitchen started to come into his own late into the season. He is very fluid with the ball in his hands and should be able to take over the point guard position full time next season.

23 Toney Douglas: A+

What didn't Toney do this season for Florida State? He went from a likely future over seas to a possible early second round pick in this summer's NBA Draft with his play this season. Douglas was almost a unanimous first team All-ACC selection and finished second in ACC POY voting.

31 Chris Singleton: C

Singleton started almost every game this season as a true freshman. Once ACC play started, he went cold for a stretch, but had a few big plays over the course of the season and had a huge game in the ACC championship game against duke. Once Singleton adds to his offensive game a little, he could be a star like Al Thornton was at FSU.

32 Solomon Alibi: B+

Solomon Alibi grew as a player more over the course of the season that any other Seminole. Alibi went from looking completely lost at times early on, to one of the more feared big men in the league. He will continue to grow as a player and will most likely be a lottery pick when he decides to leave Florida State.

41 Uche Echefu B-

Echefu turned in a few big games but wasn't able to have the senior season he would have liked. He battled the injury bug most of the season, but still finished third on the team in scoring (8.1 ppg) and second in rebounding (5.2 rpg) capping off a great career as a Seminole.

42 Ryan Reid: C-

Reid had a very quiet season and did not progress the way Florida State would have liked him to. He will need to improve and make more of an impact next season or Gibson could be taking more and more minutes from him.

Final Thoughts

With the exception of their performance in the big dance, Florida State had their best season by far in recent memory. They won more games than any other FSU basketball team has won in the past 15 seasons and finished fourth in a league where they were picked to finish 10th. At the beginning of the season, Seminole Nation would have been happy with a top seed in the NIT. Seeing an 11 year drought from the NCAA Tournament come to an end was just icing on the cake of what was a very successful season for the Florida State basketball team.

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