Defending ACC champion Florida State sees its time in Greensboro halted Friday night with an 83-62 loss to North Carolina.
The Florida State men's basketball team snaps a two-game losing streak with its most lopsided ACC victory of the season Tuesday night against the visiting Demon Deacons.
Hot-shooting Hokies too much for the 'Noles Sunday night in Blacksburg, Va. in Florida State's 80-70 defeat.
The Seminoles struggled down low against the Wolfpack in a Tuesday-night setback at PNC Arena Tuesday night.
The Seminoles get back to winning ways with a nail-biting conference victory over the visiting Eagles Saturday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Florida State vs. Charlotte - AP Photo Gallery
ON THOMAS: Displayed the overwhelming promise that he will be an impact player throughout his career as he constantly showed the skills and desire to develop into an outstanding basketball player as he seized every opportunity presented to him during his freshman season...is one of the Seminoles' toughest players - both physically and mentally...one of the toughest players to play for head coach Leonard Hamilton at Florida State...one of the Seminoles with the desire to speak up in practice and in team huddles for the betterment of the team...has an incredible ability to attack the basket while possessing a feathery touch from the perimeter on his jump shots which will serve him well as one of Florida State's top shooters during the remainder of his career...quickly picked up Florida State's offensive and defensive systems and flourished for head coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff during his first collegiate season...also stepped into a leadership role early in his freshman season as he became one of the most confident voices on the team from the preseason through the postseason...one of four returning starters for Florida State after starting 12 games for the Seminoles including the final 11 games of the season in 2012-13...started eight ACC games, both of the Seminoles' games in the ACC Tournament and Florida State's game against Louisiana Tech in the NIT...helped the Seminoles win nine ACC game and finish with a .500 record or better in conference play for the school record fifth consecutive season...also helped the Seminoles continue their tradition under head coach Leonard Hamilton as the third winningest program in the ACC over the last eight seasons...helped lead Florida State to the championship of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic during the 2012-13 season - the fourth tournament title since 2009 for Florida State men's basketball program...his addition to the team helped the Seminoles earn a nation ranking in the major national pre-season polls by the Associated Press and the USA Today Newspaper to mark the first time in school history the Seminoles had been ranked in both polls to begin a season...plays well under pressure as evidenced by his high scoring average late in games during his high school and prep school career...has an incredible ability to score the basketball and an amazing ability to create his own shots because of his athletic ability...originally signed with Florida State and head coach Leonard Hamilton in November of 2010 and reaffirmed his commitment to play for the Seminoles during his one season at Brewster Academy...ranked as the No. 13 shooting guard in the nation according to Rivals.com following his post-graduate season at Brewster Academy...the 71st best overall player in the nation following his senior season at Cincinnati Withrow according to Rivals.com...also a standout player for the Queen City Prophets...scored 28 points to lead the Prophets over the Indiana Select AAU team, 81-70, on May 13, 2010..scored 38 points for the Prophets against the New York Gauchos at the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando in July of 2010...
AS A FRESHMAN (2013): Averaged 6.0 points (fifth on the team), 2.4 rebounds (fifth), 1.1 assists (fifth) and 0.6 steals (fifth) while playing in all 34 games and starting 12 during his first season as a Seminole...his 12 starts ranked sixth on the team and second among Florida State's freshmen (behind only Montay Brandon's 22 starts)...started the final 11 games of the season (February 13 against Miami through March 19 against Louisiana Tech) and returns as a sophomore as one of the Seminoles four starters...named the ACC Rookie of the Week on December 24, 2012 for his performances against Louisiana Monroe and Charlotte as he averaged 17.0 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting .500 from the field (11 of 22) and .857 from the free throw line (12 of 14) in 68 total minutes (34.0 mpg) in helping the Seminoles to two wins during the week...Thomas made the first start of his career (in Florida State's win over Louisiana Monroe), made seven consecutive free throws and scored 22 of his 34 points (65 percent) for the week in the second halves of the Seminoles' two wins which raised their record to 7-4...averaged 18.6 minutes played per game (seventh on the team) and played in double figure minutes in 32 of 34 games with his career high of 36 minutes played coming in Florida State's win over Charlotte (Dec. 22)...it was against Charlotte that he scored his career high of 17 points, made his career high of seven free throws and attempted his career high of nine free throws as he helped the Seminoles rally from as many as seven down to defeat the 49ers at the Times Warner Cable Arena - the home to the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats...scored 13 of his career-high 17 points in the second half with five points coming on free throws...put the final nail in the coffin for the Seminoles with a free throw with three seconds remaining in the game that forced Charlotte to take a well-defended 3-point shot as Florida State won 79-76...Thomas started the second half against Charlotte, played all 20 minutes, was charged with only one turnover and totaled one blocked shot and one steal as Florida State gained the come-from-behind win over the previously once-beaten 49ers...also scored 17 points in Florida State's win over Louisiana Monroe as he made his career high of six field goals, attempted his career high of 12 field goals, was a career-high tying 1.000 percent (five of five) from the free throw line, pulled down a career-high tying four defensive rebounds and earned a career-high tying six total rebounds in the Seminoles' win over the War Hawks...double figure scoring in six games including three consecutive games against Maine (Dec. 9, 15 points), Louisiana Monroe (Dec. 17, 17 points) and Charlotte (Dec. 22, 17 points) as he averaged 16.3 points (second on the team), 4.7 rebounds and 30.7 minutes while shooting .900 from the free throw line during the three-game stretch...Florida State was 3-0 during the stretch with an average winning margin of 16.7 points per game...scored in double figures in the second game of his career as he totaled 10 points in the Seminoles' win over Buffalo (Nov. 12) in the second round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Tallahassee...double figure scoring came twice in ACC play - his ACC career high of 14 points against Duke (Feb. 2) and at Virginia Tech (Feb. 24)...Florida State's fourth leading scorer in the Seminoles' 16 non-conference game with a 7.2 points per game scoring average - 1.2 points per game more than he averaged for the entire season...shot .821 percent (32 of 39 in the Seminoles' 16 non-conference games with a six of six performance (1.000 percent) coming against Maine and a five of five performance (1.000 percent) coming in the Seminoles' victory over Louisiana Monroe...shot .700 percent from the free throw line as a freshman to rank as one of only six Seminoles to shoot .700 percent or better from the free throw line during the 2012-13 season...averaged more than one assist per game with 38 assists in 34 games played - he was one of only five Seminoles with more than 35 assists during the season....his career high of four assists came in his ACC debut on the road at Clemson (Jan. 5) while multiple assists came in 11 different games as a freshman...fifth on the team in steals with his career high of three steals in the Seminoles' win over Tulsa in the Orange Bowl Classic (Dec. 29)...his ACC career high of two steals came in Florida State's win at Maryland (Jan. 9) and against both NC State (Feb. 19) and North Carolina (March 3) on the road in ACC play...one of six Seminoles with at least 10 blocked shots (10, 0.3 bpg)...(vs. Boston College): Scored six points and was credited with two assists in the Seminoles' only game of the season against Boston College...totaled four points in the first half as Florida State jumped to as much as a 12-point first half lead and a 31-26 lead at the intermission as the Seminoles defeated the Eagles, 69-66, in Tallahassee (Feb. 16)...was two of two from the free throw line at the 18:21 mark of the second half to give the Seminoles a 33-31 lead...the Seminoles never fell behind after Thomas made his two free throws...(vs. Clemson): Averaged 4.7 points, 2.5 assists and 1.3 rebounds in three games against Clemson during his freshman season...the Seminoles played Clemson three times - and defeated the Tigers three times for the first time in school history with wins at Clemson, at Tallahassee and in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro...scored four points and was credited with a career-high four assists in his ACC debut against Clemson...helped Florida State open its ACC season with a 71-66 win on the road at Clemson (Jan. 5)...was two of three from the field in 10 minutes of play in helping the Seminoles improve to 1-0 in ACC play...hit a running left-handed floater with 3:32 remaining in the first half to give the Seminoles a 34-20 lead on their way to a 38-25 halftime lead...a finger roll lay-up with 9:01 left in the game gave Florida State a 53-47 lead...though the Seminoles led most of the game, his points proved important as Clemson rallied to get within three with under one minute to play in the game...his four assists led directly to 10 points with six coming on first half 3-point shots by Ian Miller and Okaro White...totaled five points, two rebounds and one assist in Florida State's 60-57 win over Clemson in Tallahassee (Jan. 24)...scored three of his five points in the first half as Florida State battled to stay with the Tigers and totaled two points on one basket as the Seminoles hung around throughout the final 20 minutes and seized the win on a buzzer-beating, game-winning 3-point shot by Michael Snaer...his first half 3-point shot gave Florida State a 16-13 lead at the 7:36 mark...the Tigers, though, closed the half on a 16-5 run to take a 29-21 lead at the intermission...his second half points came on a lay-up at the 11:01 mark that cut the Seminoles' deficit to eight at 44-36 and began a game-ending 26-13 run that gave the Seminoles the win...the Seminoles chipped away at the Tigers lead and scored the final six points of the game - a 3-point shot by Devon Bookert with 44 seconds remaining to tie the game at 57-57 and then Snaer's second of four game-winners to win the game at the buzzer from the right elbow...totaled five points and one rebound in 13 minutes as a starter in the Seminoles 73-69 win over Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum (March 14)...all five points came in the first half and helped the Seminoles stay with the Tigers who took a 35-30 lead into the locker room at the intermission...four minutes of playing time in the second half as Florida State rallied to gain the advantage and the win...(vs. Duke): Scored a team-leading 14 points and was credited with two assists in the Seminoles' only game of the season against NCAA Tournament participant Duke...marked the first time in his career that he has led the Seminoles in scoring during a game...shot the ball well as he finished four of seven from the field (.571 percent) and was a perfect five of five from the free throw line (1.000 percent) in ranking as Florida State's only double figure scorer against the Blue Devils...the Blue Devils made 11 3-point shots in taking the 79-60 win in Tallahassee (Feb. 2)...(vs. Georgia Tech): Scored six points and added one rebound in 20 minutes of play in the Seminoles' only game of the season against Georgia Tech...was a perfect three of three from the field in scoring his six points against the Yellow Jackets as the Seminoles took the 56-54 win in Atlanta in another of Michael Snaer's buzzer-beating, game-winning shots - this time a lay-up at the buzzer - to give Florida State the win...two first half points on a jumper that gave Florida State a 15-4 lead with 11:32 remaining before halftime...though the Seminoles led by as many as 13 in the first half, it was the Yellow Jackets who led the game at halftime, 27-26...aided in Florida State's rally with four second half points including a lay-up at the 12:46 mark to draw the Seminoles to within 38-36 and another lay-up that gave Florida State a 43-39 lead with 8:06 left in the game...the Seminoles and the Jackets traded baskets before Mfon Udofia tied the game at 54-54 on a 3-point shot with 1:02 left to be played - Udofia's shot set the stage for Snaer's heroics and third of four game-winning shots during his senior season...(vs. Maryland): Averaged 4.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in two games against NIT participant Maryland...the Seminoles took victories over the Terps in both College Park and Tallahassee...scored seven points, pulled down three rebounds and was credited with one steal as the Seminoles rallied to win, 65-62, in College Park (Jan. 9)...the Seminoles rallied by as many as 12 down in the first half, trailed by nine (36-27) at halftime and outscored Maryland 38-26 in the second half to take the victory on the road and raise their ACC record to 2-0 (with two road wins at Clemson and at Maryland)...three points within 17 seconds of each other on a free throw at the 12:05 mark and a lay-up at the 11:48 mark pulled Florida State to within one at the 16:15 mark in the first half...a jumper at the 14:15 mark of the second half drew Florida State within six at 43-37 before the Okaro White show began...the Seminole star totaled 15 consecutive points for Florida State as the Seminoles went from one down with nine minutes remaining to six up with 2:30 remaining to earning the win on the road as Michael Snaer blocked a potential game-winning 3-point shot by Seth Allen to seal the victory...scored two points, pulled down three rebounds and was credited with two assists in Florida State's 73-71 win over Maryland in Tallahassee (Jan. 30)...his lone basket pulled Florida State to within one at 48-47 with 12:31 remaining in the game...the Terps accelerated and took as much as a seven point lead down the stretch before Michael Snaer put on his Superman cape and drilled his second of four buzzer-beating, game-winning shots - this time a 3-pointer - to give Florida State the improbable 73-71 win...(vs. Miami): Averaged 4.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in two games against NCAA Tournament participant and ACC Champion Miami...scored six points on three of nine shooting from the field as Florida State fell at Miami, 71-47, in Coral Gables (Jan. 27)...scored four first half points and two in the second half as the Seminoles chased the Hurricanes throughout the game...scored two points, pulled down two rebounds and was credited with two assists in 25 minutes of playing time in his first game as a full-time starter as Florida State played host to Miami in Tallahassee...the Hurricanes took a 74-68 win (Feb. 13)...two first half points as Miami took a 38-30 halftime lead...earned 12 minutes of playing time as the Seminoles outscore the No. 3 ranked Hurricanes 38-36 over the final 20 minutes of the game...(vs. North Carolina): Averaged 4.7 points, 1.5 assists and 1.3 rebounds in three games against NCAA Tournament participant North Carolina...the Seminoles played the Tar Heels three times during the regular season with games in Tallahassee, Chapel Hill and in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. ...scored six points and was credited with one assist in 12 minutes of play as the Tar Heels rallied to win 77-72 in Tallahassee (Jan. 12)...scored his six points on a career-high two made 3-point shots to mark one of seven games in which he made at least one 3-point field goal...a first half 3-point shot tied the game at 31-31 with 1:20 left to play before intermission...the Tar Heels, though, took a 33-31 lead at the intermission...a second half 3-point shot gave Florida State a 55-51 lead with 11:57 remaining in the game...the Seminoles held a 72-69 lead with 4:16 left in the game before the Tar Heels scored the final eight points of the game to take the win...totaled zero points and two assists in 18 minutes of playing time as North Carolina defeated the Seminoles, 79-58, in Chapel Hill (March 3)...a starter against the Tar Heels for the sixth consecutive game...scored eight points and pulled down four rebounds as Florida State fell to North Carolina, 83-62, in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in the Greensboro Coliseum (March 15)...four points in both halves as the Seminoles worked to rally from behind throughout the game...(vs. NC State): Averaged 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in two games against NCAA Tournament participant NC State...tied for the team lead in steals with three (tied with Ian Miller) as the two teams split the two game seasons-series with both teams winning at home...scored nine points and added an ACC career high tying five rebounds as Florida State traveled play at NC State...the Wolfpack won, 84-66, at the PNC Bank Arena (Feb. 19)...his team-leading five rebounds marked the first time in his career that he led the Seminoles in rebounding in a single game...scored three points on three of four free throws in the Seminoles' 71-67 win over NC State in Tallahassee (March 9)...was a perfect two of two from the free throw line early in the first half to tie the game at the 17:07 mark to tie the game at 2-2...made one of two free throws with 19 seconds remaining in the game to give the Seminoles a 68-66 lead...the Wolfpack had drawn back into the game and were within one point before Thomas pushed the Seminoles' lead back out to two...his free throw helped the Seminoles end the game in a 4-1 run and allowed Florida State close out the regular season with a 9-9 record to mark the school record fifth consecutive season Florida State had finished with a .500 or better record in conference play...(vs. Virginia): Averaged 1.0 point and 1.5 rebounds in two games against NIT participant Virginia...helped the Seminoles earn a regular season split with the Cavaliers as both teams won on their home court with Virginia winning in Charlottesville and the Seminoles winning in Tallahassee...scored two points and pulled down two rebounds as Florida State traveled to play at Virginia...the Cavaliers won the home game 56-36 (Jan. 19)...earned 17 minutes of playing time in the ACC road game...totaled zero points, one assist, one blocked shot and one steal as Florida State defeated Virginia, 53-51, at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee...his assist came in the second half on a 3-point shot by Michael Snaer which gave Florida State a 36-37 lead at the 17:30 mark, while his steal led directly to a Snaer lay-up and a 35-27 Florida State lead only 40 seconds later...Snaer won the game on a buzzer-beating, game-winning lay-up with 4.4 seconds left in the games - his fourth late game, game winning shot of the season...(vs. Virginia Tech): Scored 10 points to go along with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in Florida State's only game of the season against Virginia Tech...the Hokies won the game, 80-70, in Blacksburg (Feb. 24)...was one of three Seminoles in double figure scoring as he scored in double figures for the second time in his career in an ACC game...scored nine of his 10 points in the second half as the Seminoles worked to get back into the game after trailing by a 28-26 margin at halftime...(vs. Wake Forest): Averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in two games against Wake Forest...scored zero points and pulled down zero rebounds in four minutes of playing time as the Seminoles fell, 71-46, on the road at Winston-Salem (Feb. 9)...was the final game of the season in which he appeared as a reserve as he moved into the starting line-up for the Seminoles' next game at Miami...totaled seven points and his ACC career high tying total of five rebounds as Florida State defeated Wake Forest, 76-62, in Tallahassee at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Feb. 26)...earned 25 minutes of playing time as a starter in the win for the Seminoles...all seven of his points came in the first half as Florida State jumped out to as much as an 11 point lead and led 40-34 at the intermission...a lay-up at the 15:06 mark gave the Seminoles a 12-5 lead while a 3-point shot at the 6:37 mark increased Florida State's lead to 29-18...added two free throws at the 3:58 mark to push the Seminoles lead back to a comfortable six (33-27) after the Demon Deacons had closed to a few as four...helped the Seminoles push the lead back out to six on a bucket by Boris Bojanovsky at the buzzer to end the first half...11 minutes of playing time as Florida State increased their lead to as many as 21 and won by 14...his career high of four defensive rebounds came in four games as a freshman including in the Seminoles' win over the Demon Deacons in Tallahassee...(vs. Florida): Scored five points and pulled down three rebounds in 10 minutes of play as Florida State faced NCAA Tournament participant for the only time during the regular season...the Gators won, 72-47, in Tallahassee...scored all five of his points in the second half as Florida State worked itself back into the game after trailing at the half...(vs. Louisiana Tech in the NIT): Scored four points and blocked his career high of two shots in Florida State's game against Louisiana Tech in the first round of the NIT...two of his points came as he was perfect from the free throw line against the Bulldogs...the Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the NIT with a 71-66 victory over the Seminoles in Tallahassee (March 19)...(In Four Games During the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic): Averaged 6.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in four games during the prestigious Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in helping lead the Seminoles to the tournament championship...shot the ball very well as he made 10 of his 19 field goal attempts (.526 percent) as Florida State outscored its opponents by an average of 11.8 points per game in winning the championship...(vs. South Alabama): Scored six points and pulled down two rebounds in 10 minutes of playing time in his career debut against South Alabama in the first round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic...the Jaguars defeated the Seminoles, 71-67, in Tallahassee (Nov. 9)...scored four points in the first half as the Seminoles battled the Jaguars in the season opener for both teams...(vs. Buffalo): Scored 10 points, pulled down three rebounds, was credited with two assists and one steal as Florida State defeated Buffalo in the second round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic...marked the first of six times that he scored in double figures during his freshman season...four points in the first half as Florida State jumped to a 47-30 lead at the halftime break...scored six points in the second half as Florida State pushed its lead to as many as 27 and won 95-68 in Tallahassee (Nov. 12)...(vs. BYU): Scored six points in 14 minutes of play as Florida State defeated BYU in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... the Seminoles never trailed in the game as they won 88-70 to advance to the championship finals of the event...three first half points as Florida State built a 44-35 halftime lead...three second half points as the Seminoles pushed their lead to as many as 27 and won the game by 18...(vs. Saint Joseph's): Scored two points in five minutes of playing time as Florida State defeated Saint Joseph's, 73-66, in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... helped the Seminoles rally back to win the game after leading by as many as nine in the first half and trail by as many as four in the second half...his basket came on a lay-up at the 6:56 mark of the second half and gave the Seminoles a 59-55 lead...
AT BREWSTER ACADEMY (2012): Graduated from Brewster Academy in 2012...led Brewster to the No. 1 national ranking by Sports Illustrated in 2012...averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in his only season at Brewster...led the Bobcats to a 33-1 record and the national championship...the national championship was decided on the court at the National Prep Tounament... scored 19 points in a 78-74 victory over Notre Dame Prep in the quarterfinals of the National Prep Tournament in March of 2012...led Brewster to the National Prep Tournament Championship with an 87-76 win over Hargrave Military Academy... best performance of the season came as he scored a game high 23 points to lead Brewster over the Tilton School in a game that was nationally televised by ESPN...Brewster won, 57-53, in the game that was played at Springfield College...sealed the win with a steal with 13 seconds remaining in the game that led directly to a Brewster basket and an insurmountable 55-51 advantage...scored 19 points as Brewster defeated Nerlens Noel and Tilton for a third time and completed the three game sweep of the Bobcats in late February...Tilton was led by Nerlens Noel who was considered to be one of the nation's top recruits...Noel was the No., 1 overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft...scored his prep school career high of 36 points against No. 22 Notre Dame Prep during the regular season...named to the 2012 Hoophall Classic All-Tournament Team in leading Brewster to the team championship...earned All Northeast Prep School Athletic Conference Second-Team Honors in leading Brewster to the Lakes Region League Championship in 2012...was one of seven Division I signees from Brewster in 2012...Brewster is located in Wolfeboro, N.H...
AT WITHROW: Graduated from Cincinnati's Withrow High School in 2011...averaged a team leading 22.0 points per game as a senior...earned All-Southwest District Second Team honors...a Division I All-Area First Team selection as a senior by the Cincinnati Enquirer...a finalist for the Mr. Basketball Honors in the State of Ohio...led Withrow to the District Championship with a game-high 25 points in an 80-70 win over Troy...a double double of 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 48-35 playoff win over Harrsion...totaled a double double of 30 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as Withrow defeated Detroit Pershing, 83-71, in the Motor City Roundball Classic...scored 23 points to lead Withrow over Michigan East Grand Rapids for their second straight win in the Motor City Roundball Classic...named to the All-Tournament team at the Flyin' To The Hoop Classic in Dayton, Ohio in January of 2011...led Withrow to the state playoffs where they fell to Moeller High School...
AT AIKEN: Attended Cincinnati's Aiken High School as a junior...averaged 22.1 points and 7.3 rebounds and was named the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a junior...the No. 1 ranked player in the city of Cincinnati by Hoopniks.com...was Aiken's leading scorer...an All-Area First Team selection as a junior by the Cincinnati Enquirer...shot 56 percent from the field, 82 percent from the free throw line and scored 30 points or more in four different games...ranked second in the city of Cincinnati in scoring and led his team to the state tournament...averaged 15.0 points scored per game as a sophomore at Western Hills High School in Cincinnati...totaled 28 points in a single game in the 2010 adidas May Classic.
PERSONAL: Born December 3, 1991...Aaron is the son of Katrina Thomas and Dion McBride...his AAU coach, Ozzie Davis, is a very important mentor in his life...named a John Brewster Scholar during every grading period during his year at Brewster...the honor of being named a Brewster Scholar is the highest academic recognition a student at Brewster can achieve...selected Florida State over Ohio State, Clemson, Nebraska, Purdue, Cincinnati, Georgia and Louisville...