TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State center Kiel Turpin, who missed the entire 2014 season with a leg injury, was granted a sixth season of eligibility by the Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff at the NCAA. The ruling gives Turpin a sixth year of collegiate eligibility after playing two years at Lincoln College and one since transferring to Florida State (2013). Turpin received a medical redshirt for the 2012 season and has now been granted a second medical redshirt for the 2014 season.
“We are very happy for Kiel,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton, who has led the Seminoles to the third winningest record in the ACC in the last nine seasons. “He will complete his basketball career and finish the requirements for a second degree in international affairs from Florida State after earning his undergraduate degree in social science last December.”
Turpin (7-0, 240) averaged 5.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots as a member of Florida State’s NIT team in 2013. He started 25 of the Seminoles’ 34 games at the center position and helped lead the Seminoles to an 18-win season. Turpin finished eighth in the ACC in blocked shots and helped Florida State lead the ACC in blocked shots in 2013. He blocked four shots each against Wake Forest and Clemson and scored his career-high of 16 points against Clemson on January 24, 2013.
In 2013 he was one of only four Seminoles who played in each of the team’s 34 games and was one of only three Florida State players who started at least 25 games. He started the first 23 games of the season and the final two games of the season against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament and against Louisiana Tech in the NIT.
Turpin played in each of the Seminoles’ 18 ACC games in 2013 and ranked third on the team in scoring in conference games only.
“I am very thankful for the NCAA allowing me to return for my sixth year of eligibility,” said Turpin. “I also want to express my appreciation to Coach Hamilton and his staff and the administration at Florida State for working so hard to give me the opportunity to finish my career on the basketball court rather than on the sideline. I am going to work harder than I ever have to prepare myself physically to continue to be a productive member of our team. We are all very excited about the upcoming season. I am excited to join my teammates on the court during pre-season workouts, practice throughout the year and when we start playing games in November. It is a great feeling knowing that I will be able to represent the great fans of Florida State for one more season on the basketball court.”