2015 New Spring Styles
Champions Club Reserve Seating
#11 Kiel Turpin
Position: Center
Height: 7'0"
Weight: 240
Year: Redshirt Graduate
Hometown: Normal, Ill.
High School: Normal Community West
Experience: 1 Letter
12-13 34 25 537 15.8 70 137 .511 0 2 .000 44 63 .698 42 59 101 3.0 79 1 10 30 43 14 184 5.4
13-14 33 12 411 12.5  71 127 .559 0  0  .000  21  35  .600  36 40 76 2.3 89 1  3  31 23  7  163 4.9 
TOTAL 67 36 929 13.9 141 264 .534 0 2 .000 65 98 .663 78 99 177 2.6 168 2 13 61 66 21 347 5.2

 (as of March 12, 2015)

Bio:2014-15 Complete Bio

Features: Big Men Unconquered /  Turpin Relishes Return /
 Graybeard Turpin Gets Sixth Year Get Acrobat Reader / Turpin Thrilled To Get Sixth Year Get Acrobat Reader / Turpin Comes Through For Noles Get Acrobat Reader / Turpin Embraces Second Chance /

Video: Turpin and Mother reflect on Senior Day against Pittsburgh

ON TURPIN: Was granted a sixth-year of eligibility by the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee on June 3, 2014 and will play his final season as a Seminole during the 2014-15 season...missed the entire 2013-14 season with a leg injury...was diagnosed with a stress reaction to the patella tendon attachment in his left leg in October of 2013 - an injury that never sufficiently healed and did not allow him to return to the court...earned his first bachelor's degree in social science in December of 2013, a certificate in emergency management in May of 2014 and is currently working towards his second bachelor's degree in international affairs...has been a member of three postseason teams during his career at Florida State - the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and the NIT in 2013 and 2014 as the Seminoles have their stretched streak of consecutive seasons playing in a postseason tournament to nine consecutive years...will look to continue his role as a starter in the Seminoles' frontcourt during the 2014-15 season...has played in 92 career collegiate games - including 34 as a Seminole - and brings three seasons of working within the Florida State system to his sixth season as a Seminole...started 25 of Florida State's 34 games including 10 of the Seminoles' 18 ACC games during the 2012-13 season...helped the Seminoles to 18 wins, a 9-9 record in ACC play and an appearance in the outstanding pick and pop shooter and has a very soft touch on his perimeter shots...has a good knowledge of the game... an outstanding shooter who finished tied for second on the team with a .511 field goal shooting percentage as a redshirt junior...Turpin (7-0) will combine with juniors Boris Bojanovsky (7-3) and Michael Ojo (7-1) to form the tallest, most athletic and most talented front lines in all of college basketball during the 2014-15 season...practiced and learned from Bernard James who earned All-ACC Honorable Mention and ACC All-Defensive Team honors during his redshirt season in 2011-12...James was a second round NBA Draft Choice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2012 and averages 2.1 points and 2.3 rebounds during the first two seasons of his NBA career with the Mavericks...finished eighth in the ACC in blocked shots as a redshirt junior in 2012 as he helped Florida State lead the ACC in blocked shots for the school record fourth consecutive of six players in the ACC who ranked in the top 10 for blocked shots and shot better than .500 percent from the field during the 2011-12 in his fourth of four seasons working with head coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff who are nationally recognized as being among the best coaches of big men in all of college basketball...Hamilton and his staff have tutored countless big men during their collegiate careers who have gone on to become strong pros including Solomon Alabi, Alexander Johnson and Bernard James at Florida State; James Jones, Tim James and Constantine Popa at Miami and Sam Bowie and Kenny Walker at Kentucky...helped lead Lincoln College to consecutive NJCAA Division II National Championships in both 2010 and 2011...led Lincoln to the 2011 NJCAA Division II National Championship with a 74-67 victory over Mott Community College on March 20, 2011...scored 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the championship game...scored 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and three blocked shots in Lincoln's national championship clinching victory during his freshman season...with Turpin in Lincoln's line-up in 2010 and 2011 the Lynx finished with a 58-13 record...the Lynx were 30-6 during his freshman season and 28-7 during his sophomore season... only the second player in NJCAA Division II history to be named the Most Valuable Player in two consecutive national tournaments - 2010 and 2011...only Turpin and Jeff Massey of Owens Technical College in 1992 and 1993 have won consecutive MVP honors in the Division II National Tournament... earned the First Year Academic Achievement Award from Leonard Hamilton and the coaching staff at the Seminoles' annual honors banquet in 2012...shared the award as the Seminoles' top field goal shooter at Florida State's honors banquet in 2013...

AS A REDSHIRT SENIOR (2014): A redshirt season after suffering a left leg injury at the start of preseason practice in October of 2013...diagnosed with a stress reaction to the patella tendon attachment on his left leg on October 2...the injury never healed sufficiently and he did not play in any of the Seminoles' 36 games during the season...practiced on a limited basis and participated in all team functions throughout the season...completed the requirements for his undergraduate degree in social science in December of 2013 and earned a certificate in emergency management...

AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR (2013): Averaged 5.4 points (sixth on the team), 3.0 rebounds (fourth) and 1.3 blocked shots (first) while shooting .511 from the field (tied for second) and playing in all 34 games for the Seminoles who played in the prestigious NIT...was one of four players (also Michael Snaer, Okaro White and Aaron Thomas) who played in each of the Seminoles' games during the 2012-13 season...started 25 of the Seminoles' 34 games making him one of only three players on the team (also Michael Snaer and Okaro White) who started at least 25 games for Florida State during the season...started the first 23 games of the season (Nov. 9 through Feb. 9) and the final two games of the season against North Carolina (March 15) in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament and against Louisiana Tech (March 19) in the NIT...Florida State's third leading scorer in ACC games only with a 6.4 points per game scoring average...shot better from the field (.529) than he did for the entire season (.511) and shot better from the free throw line (.743) than he did for the season (.698) in ACC games...a starter in 10 of the Seminoles' 18 ACC games...averaged 6.6 points in 18 games played at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center...finished eighth in the ACC in blocked shots as a redshirt junior in 2012 as he helped Florida State lead the ACC in blocked shots for the school record fourth consecutive season...Turpin is the fourth leading returning blocked shots specialist in the ACC for the 2013-14 season...led the Seminoles in scoring once during his first active season at Florida State with 16 points in the Seminoles' victory over Clemson in Tallahassee (Jan. 24)...led the Seminoles in rebounding three times - in wins over Charlotte (Dec. 22) and Clemson (Jan. 24) and on the road at Wake Forest (Feb. 9) Florida State's leader in blocked shots, he blocked a career-high four shots in wins over Clemson (Jan. 24) and against Wake Forest (Feb. 26) and blocked multiple shots in 14 of the Seminoles' 34 games...three double figure scoring games with his career high of 16 points against Clemson (Jan. 24), 11 in the Seminoles' late-season win against Virginia (March 7) and in his first career game against Duke (Feb. 2)...

AS A JUNIOR (2012): A redshirt season after transferring from Lincoln College to Florida State for the fall semester in 2011...participated in all team functions including all practices, conditioning, weight training and film sessions but did not play in any games...traveled to and prepared for every game as if he were going to play...said that playing against and learning from current NBA player Bernard James and the Seminoles' other bigs during the season was the most important aspect of the year away from competition...worked on improving his hook shot in order to give him a bigger arsenal of shots...

AT LINCOLN COLLEGE: Graduated from Lincoln in 2011...averaged 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots as a sophomore in leading Lincoln to the NJCAA Division II National Championship and earning MVP honors of the national tournament...named the Division II Region 24 Player of the Year, the Region 24 All-Region team and the Mid-West Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore...earned All-MWAC First Team honors as a freshman...scored 12 points and added five rebounds in Lincoln's 90-72 victory over Erie Community College in the 2011 semifinals...scored a double double of 16 points 11 rebounds and added two blocked shots and two assists as he led Lincoln to the national semifinals with a 80-76 win over Cecil College in Maryland in the national quarterfinals...Turpin opened the game with four straight baskets to give the Lynx a lead they never surrendered in defeating Cecil...helped Lincoln gain the NJCAA Division II preseason No. 1 national ranking...totaled a double double of 24 points and 14 rebounds in leading Lincoln over John Wood College on Feb. 11, 2011...totaled 27 points in Lincoln's win over Illinois Central College on Feb. 4, 2011 - the same night the Lynx raised their 2010 National Championship banner to the roof of their field house...averaged 11.3 points and 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots as a being named the MVP of the National Tournament, Turpin averaged 16.3 points and 3.8 blocked shots in leading the Lynx to the national title...totaled 21 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in the 2010 national championship game...Lincoln defeated Cincinnati State, 71-60, to win the national championship...

AT NORMAL COMMUNITY WEST: Graduated from Normal Community West High School in 2009...averaged just over 5.0 points a game as a reserve during his senior season as a growth spurt allowed him to grow into his body...

PERSONAL: Born Oct. 1, 1989...Kiel is the son of Lisa and Chris Nichols...Kiel is the son of former Kentucky All-American Mel Turpin...Mel was a two-time All-SEC First Team pick, the 1984 SEC scoring leader and the sixth overall selection in the 1984 NBA Draft...Florida State's head coach Leonard Hamilton was an assistant coach at Kentucky when Mel was a collegiate star...grew from 6-5 to 6-11 between his junior and senior seasons of high school and grew a total of eight inches during his final two seasons of high school...before his growth spurt in high school he was teased about being shorter than his sister, a 6-4 volleyball player...major is international affairs...

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