Nov. 8, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State senior Michael Snaer, the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 ACC Tournament, has been named as one of 50 college basketball players to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list by the Los Angeles Club. Saner is one of seven players from the ACC named to the initial list for the 2012-13 season chosen in a poll of national college basketball writers and broadcasters. The list is comprised of student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early front-runners for one of college basketball's most prestigious honors.
Snaer is a preseason All-American First Team selection (by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook), the runner-up pick as the ACC Player of the Year (Atlantic Coast Media Association) and a consensus preseason All-ACC First Team selection.
Other ACC players nominated include Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie of NC State, Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee of Duke and James Michael McAdoo of North Carolina.
Saner led Florida State with a career-high 14.0 points per game scoring average in 2012, is the Seminoles' returning leader in five different statistical categories including scoring, steals, assists and minutes played. Snaer led the Seminoles in both scoring (489 points / 14.0 ppg) and minutes played (1,065 minutes played / 30.4 MPG) in 2012. He finished in 10th place in the 2012 ACC statistics in scoring and is the fifth leading returning scorer in the ACC for the 2013 season.
Florida State is ranked No. 25 in the AP Poll and is tied for 24th in the USA Today Coaches' Poll to begin the 2012-13 season. It marks the first time in school history the Seminoles have been included in the preseason poll by both the writers and the coaches in the same season. Florida State is ranked 25th in the preseason men's college basketball poll by the Associated Press marking the first time since the 1992-93 season that the Seminoles have been ranked nationally in the preseason writers' poll. The Seminoles are one of three ACC teams -- NC State (sixth), Duke (eighth) and North Carolina (11th) - to begin the season nationally ranked. The Seminoles were a combined 5-1 against the Wolfpack (1-0), the Blue Devils (2-1) and the Tar Heels (2-0) last season and defeated North Carolina, 85-82, in the championship game of the 2012 ACC Tournament on March 11 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga.
Florida State opens its 2012-13 regular season Friday night against South Alabama at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee with good seats still available by logging onto Seminoles.com or by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE.
2012 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Name Height Class Position University Michael Snaer 6-5 Sr. G Florida State Jarnell Stokes 6-8 So. F Tennessee Keith Appling 6-1 Jr. G Michigan State Chane Behanan 6-6 So. F Louisville Kenny Boynton 6-2 Sr. G Florida SEC Lorenzo Brown 6-5 Jr. G North Carolina State Trey Burke 6-0 So. G Michigan Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 6-5 So. G Georgia Isaiah Canaan 6-1 Sr. G Murray State Jack Cooley 6-9 Sr. F Notre Dame D.J. Cooper 6-0 Sr. G Ohio University Vincent Council 6-2 Sr. G Providence Allen Crabbe 6-6 Jr. G California Aaron Craft 6-2 Jr. G Ohio State Seth Curry 6-2 Sr. G Duke Brandon Davies 6-9 Sr. F BYUt Matthew Dellavedova 6-4 Sr. G Saint Mary's Gorgui Dieng 6-11 Jr. C Louisville Jamaal Franklin 6-5 Jr. G San Diego State Tim Frazier 6-1 Sr. G Penn State Tim Hardaway, Jr. 6-6 Jr. G Michigan Elias Harris 6-8 Sr. F Gonzaga Solomon Hill 6-7 Sr. F Arizona Pierre Jackson 5-10 Sr. G Baylor Elijah Johnson 6-4 Sr. G Kansas Sean Kilpatrick 6-4 Jr. G/F Cincinnati C.J. Leslie 6-9 Jr. F North Carolina James Michael McAdoo 6-9 So. F North Carolina Ray McCallum 6-3 Jr. G Detroit C.J. McCollum 6-3 Sr. G Lehigh Doug McDermott* 6-8 Jr. F Creighton Rodney McGruder 6-4 Sr. G Kansas State Tony Mitchell 6-8 So. F North Texas Mike Moser 6-8 Jr. F UNLV Brock Motum 6-10 Sr. F Washington State Le'Bryan Nash 6-7 So. G/F Oklahoma State Brandon Paul 6-4 Sr. G Illinois Mason Plumlee 6-10 Sr. F Duke Otto Porter 6-8 So. F Georgetown Phil Pressey 5-11 Jr. G Missouri André Roberson 6-7 Jr. F Colorado Peyton Siva 6-0 Sr. G Louisville Jarnell Stokes 6-8 So. F Tennessee Adonis Thomas 6-7 So. G/F Memphis Deshaun Thomas 6-7 Jr. F Ohio State Christian Watford 6-9 Sr. F Indiana Jeff Withey 7-0 Sr. C Kansas Nate Wolters 6-4 Sr. G South Dakota B.J. Young 6-3 So. G Arkansas Patric Young 6-9 Jr. C Florida Cody Zeller 7-0 So. F Indiana