Thornton Scores Big at FSU Banquet

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ? All-American Al Thornton earned four awards and
senior guard Jerel Allen took home three as Leonard Hamilton and the
Florida State basketball team celebrated its? 2006-07 season in the Tom
and Ginny Fuch Ballroom at the University Center on the Florida State
campus. The Seminoles earned a 22-13 record, defeated Florida, won at
Duke for the first time in school history, advanced to the third round
of the NIT and played in the championship game of the Colonial Classic
as they enjoyed their most successful season under Hamilton.

Thornton, an All-America Third-Team selection and an All-ACC
First-Team selection by the Associated Press, earned the Bob Sura
Outstanding Offensive Player Award, the Dave Cowens Chairman of the
Boards Award and the awards as the teams? top field goal and 3-point
field goal percentage shooter. He averaged a career-high 19.7 points
(first on the team), 5.2 rebounds (first), shot .530 from the field
(first), shot a career-high .444 from the 3-point line (first), shot a
career-high .790 from the free throw line (third), earned a career-high
40 steals (first, 1.1spg) and blocked a career-high 53 shots (first,
1.5 bpg). In addition to his All-America and All-ACC honors, Thornton
was the runner-up for the ACC Player of the Year Award as he enjoyed
one of the greatest seasons in the history of the Florida State
basketball program. Allen, who averaged a career-high 4.9 points and
2.0 rebounds while playing in all 35 games, was presented with the
Sixth-Man Award, the Tip of the Spear Award and the Unsung Hero Award.
Allen came off the bench in 33 of the Seminoles? 35 games (he earned
two starting assignments) and finished among the team leaders in
rebounds, assists, steals and 3-point field goals made. The Tip of the
Spear Award is presented to the Seminole who best exemplifies a team
spirit both on and off the court. Junior Jason Rich earned the team
award as the Seminoles? top free throw percentage shooter while junior
Isaiah Swann was presented with the trophy as Florida State?s assist
leader. Rich shot a team and career-high .805 from the line to lead
the Seminoles to the nation?s fifth best shooting percentage as a team.
The Seminoles shot a school?record best and ACC leading .758 from the
free throw line this season as seven regulars in the line-up shot 75
percent or better from the line. Swann averaged a career-high 3.1
assists per game and led the team in assists in 15 of the Seminoles? 35
games on the season. Sophomore Uche Echefu, who nearly tripled his
scoring average this season as compared to his freshman season, was
presented with the Most Improved Player Award. As a sophomore Echefu
more the doubled his steals totals this season (29) as compared to
freshman season (14); nearly quadrupled his assists total this season
(20) as compared to his freshman season (five) and had nearly seven
times as many blocks this season (20) as compared to his freshman
season (three).

Brian Hoff, a sophomore business management major, earned the award as
the Seminoles? Most Improved Student-Athlete while Matt Zitani, a
junior business management major, earned the Outstanding
Student-Athlete Award. Most Improved Student-Athlete Brian Hoff
Outstanding Student-Athlete Matt Zitani
Best Field Goal Percentage Al Thornton
Best 3-Point Field Goal Percentage Al Thornton
Best Free Throw Percentage Jason Rich
Otto Petty Most Assists Award Isaiah Swann
Sixth Man Award Jerel Allen
Bob Sura Outstanding Offensive Player Al Thornton
Most Improved Player Uche Echefu
Tip of the Spear Award Jerel Allen
Unsung Hero Award Jerel Allen
Dave Cowens Chairman of the Boards Award Al Thornton


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