Chris Singleton Named To Wooden Watch List

By: FSU Sports Information
By: FSU Sports Information

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University junior Chris Singleton, who earned All-ACC Third Team honors and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, has been named as one of the top 50 candidates for the 2011 John R. Wooden Award which is annually presented to the top player in all of college basketball. Singleton averaged a career-high 10.2 points, a career-high 7.0 rebounds to go along with 71 steals and 48 blocked shots.

Singleton is one of eight players from the Atlantic Coast Conference who has been named to the list which is based on individual performances and team records from the 2010 season during which the Seminoles finished in third place in the ACC with a 22-10 record.

“I am very happy for our team because this brings a lot of recognition to us at the beginning of the season,” said Singleton. “Our coaching staff and all of the players on our team are excited to begin this season and this is a great way to tip things off. The award is a tribute to Coach Wooden, who was one of the greatest coaches of all-time and one of the greatest people of this generation. I have never been who has thought that winning individual awards is important but this is one of the great awards in all of college basketball so I am honored to be included on the list.”

Singleton (Canton, Ga.) enters the 2010-11 season to win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive season. He earned the award for the first time in his career in 2010 as helped the Seminoles become one of the top defensive teams in all of college basketball. Florida State led the nation and the ACC in field goal percentage defense and ranked 19th in the nation and first in the ACC in scoring defense.

Singleton led the ACC in steals and blocked shots as he became only the fifth player in the history of the ACC to rank in the top in the steals and blocked shots categories in the same season. He is also the only player in the ACC who earned at least 50 steals and at least 45 blocked shots in BOTH of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. Singleton begins his junior season already with 95 blocked shots – the 10th highest career total in school history and is looking to become only the 11th player in school history with 100 or more career blocked shots. He also enters the 2010-11 season ranked 20th in school history with 125 career steals and needs only 28 steals to move into the Seminoles’ all-time top 10 for steals.

Singleton also showcases his offensive skills as he averaged in double figures (10.2 ppg) as a sophomore and has scored in double figures 26 times during the first two seasons of his career.

Singleton made a mark on the national level as a member 2010 USA Select Team that trained with the USA National Team in July of 2010. The national team won the world title at the FIBA World Championship tournament in Turkey in August.

Singleton has helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament and into the national rankings in both of his first two seasons. Florida State played in the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the championship game of the 2009 ACC Tournament for the first time in school history with Singleton in the starting line-up. The Seminoles were ranked as high as 16th in the nation during his freshman season and as high as 18th in the nation during his sophomore season.

"Chris Singleton of Florida State could be the best defender in college basketball,” said Pat Forde of ESPN.com earlier this summer.

Singleton, along with the other 49 candidates, will be evaluated and considered for the Midseason Wooden list which will be released in December and for the official voting ballot which will be released in March. The Wooden All-American team will be announced during the week of the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

The 35th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will included the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and National Player of the Year Award, will take place the weekend of April 8-10, 2001.

2010-11 John R. Wooden Award
Preseason Top 50 List

Name
Height
Class
Position
University
Conference

Ty Abbott
6-3
Sr.
G
Arizona State
Pac-10

Lavoy Allen
6-9
Sr.
F
Temple
Atlantic 10

Kevin Anderson
6-0
Sr.
G
Richmond
Atlantic 10

Talor Battle
6-0
Sr.
G
Penn State
Big Ten

Kenny Boynton
6-2
So.
G
Florida
SEC

William Buford
6-5
Jr.
G
Ohio State
Big Ten

Alec Burks
6-6
So.
G
Colorado
Big 12

Randy Culpepper
6-0
Sr.
G
UTEP
Conference USA

Malcolm Delaney
6-3
Sr.
G
Virginia Tech
ACC

LaceDarius Dunn
6-4
Sr.
G
Baylor
Big 12

Kim English
6-6
Jr.
G
Missouri
Big 12

Corey Fisher
6-1
Sr.
G
Villanova
Big East

Jimmer Fredette*
6-2
Sr.
G
Brigham Young
Mountain West

Austin Freeman
6-4
Sr.
G
Georgetown
Big East

Ashton Gibbs
6-2
Jr.
G
Pittsburgh
Big East

Steven Gray
6-5
Sr.
G
Gonzaga
West Coast

Jordan Hamilton
6-7
So.
G/F
Texas
Big 12

Elias Harris
6-7
So.
F
Gonzaga
West Coast

Jeremy Hazell
6-5
Sr.
G
Seton Hall
Big East

John Henson
6-10
So.
F
North Carolina
ACC

Cory Higgins
6-5
Sr.
G
Colorado
Big 12

Tyler Honeycutt
6-8
So.
F
UCLA
Pac-10

Robbie Hummel*
6-8
Sr.
F
Purdue
Big Ten

JaJuan Johnson
6-10
Sr.
F/C
Purdue
Big Ten

Kris Joseph
6-7
Jr.
F
Syracuse
Big East

Kawhi Leonard
6-7
So.
F
San Diego State
Mountain West

Jon Leuer
6-10
Sr.
F
Wisconsin
Big Ten

Kalin Lucas*
6-1
Sr.
F
Michigan State
Big Ten

Shelvin Mack
6-3
Jr.
G
Butler
Horizon League

Demetri McCamey
6-3
Sr.
G
Illinois
Big Ten

E’Twaun Moore
6-4
Sr.
G
Purdue
Big Ten

Marcus Morris
6-9
Jr.
F
Kansas
Big 12

Jacob Pullen
6-0
Sr.
G
Kansas State
Big 12

John Shurna
6-8
Jr.
F
Northwestern
Big Ten

Kyle Singler*
6-8
Sr.
F
Duke
ACC

Chris Singleton
6-9
Jr.
F
Florida State
ACC

Nolan Smith
6-2
Sr.
G
Duke
ACC

Tracy Smith
6-8
Sr.
F
North Carolina State
ACC

Durrell Summers
6-5
Sr.
G
Michigan State
Big Ten

Jeffery Taylor
6-7
Jr.
G/F
Vanderbilt
SEC

Isaiah Thomas
5-9
Jr.
G
Washington
Pac-10

Trey Thompkins
6-10
Jr.
F
Georgia
SEC

Klay Thompson
6-6
Jr.
G
Washington State
Pac-10

Joe Trapani
6-8
Sr.
F
Boston College
ACC

Brandon Triche
6-4
So.
G
Syracuse
Big East

Nikola Vucevic
6-10
Jr.
F
USC
Pac-10

Kemba Walker
6-1
Jr.
G
Connecticut
Big East

Derrick Williams
6-8
So.
F
Arizona
Pac-10

Jordan Williams
6-10
So.
F
Maryland
ACC

Chris Wright
6-8
Sr.
F
Dayton
Atlantic 10

(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)

*indicates player chosen to the 2010 Wooden Award ballot


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