March 9, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State University sophomore forward Chris Singleton has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Singleton, who helped the Seminoles to a third place finish in the ACC standings and the No. 3 seed in the 57th Annual ACC Tournament which begins Thursday, is the defensive leader of the Seminoles who are considered to be one of the top defensive teams in the nation. Singleton enters the ACC tournament ranked first in the ACC in steals (2.3 spg), fifth in blocked shots (1.5 bpg) and 11th in rebounding (7.2 rpg).
Singleton was also named to the All-ACC Third Team and received the most votes as a member of the ACC All-Defensive team. He was an honorable mention selection to the ACC All-Freshman team during his first season as a Seminole in 2008-09.
Singleton enters the post season looking to become only the fifth player to ACC history to finish in the top five in both steals and blocks in the same season.
Singleton is the second consecutive Florida State player to be named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year - Seminole All-American Toney Douglas earned the award in 2009. Douglas was a first round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and is currently playing for the New York Knicks.
Singleton enters the ACC Tournament averaging career-highs for steals (69 / 2.3 spg), blocked shots (45 / 1.5 bpg) and rebounds (216 / 7.2 rpg). He is also averaging a career-high 10.4 points per game.
"This award is really a tribute to our entire team," said Singleton. "Coach Hamilton and our entire coaching staff work with us on defensive principles and our defensive philosophy every day and this award is the result of their hard work. This is a great award for me and my teammates to win and is a great accomplishment for our program. To have a player from our program win the award two years in a row says a lot about the positive direction of our program under Coach Hamilton."
Singleton leads the Seminoles' defensive effort which ranks first nationally and first in the ACC in field goal percentage defense (.372), 18th in the nation and first in the ACC in scoring defense (60.2 ppg) and 10th in the nation and first in the ACC in blocked shots per game (6.3 bpg).
"Chris is extremely intelligent and is a very coachable player," said Hamilton. "He is very receptive to coaching and is a very adaptable player. We ask him to play the three or the four on different possessions and we ask him to guard the opponents' best player many nights and he has obviously responded and adapted to how we play. As a coaching staff, we are very proud of his maturity level both on and off the court; the exciting aspect of his game is that he has so much room to grow."
Florida State will play in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament against the winner of Thursday's Clemson vs. NC State game. The Seminoles' first game in the tournament will tip off at approximately 9:00 on Friday night.