The Seminoles specialize in defense, leading the nation in points against average and they have their main weapon back in Chris Singleton. The 6-9 forward is the ACC’s Defensive Player of the year, and a likely NBA Draft pick. Singleton had 5 points in 16 minutes in FSU’s 57-50 opening round win over Texas A&M. It was his first action in more than a month.
By Paul M. Banks
“It was huge. You can see it in the team’s energy last night. When he checked in — I’m not sure if everyone else knew, but I wasn’t quite sure if he was going to play or not,” junior FSU forward Bernard James said.
“When he checked in, I got a really big surge of energy, just kind of got my second wind. I think the rest of the team as well. Just our spirits went through the roof when he checked in.”
It was Singleton’s first action since February 12th, Singleton, a junior from Canton, Georgia can score too. Despite missing five weeks of the season, he has scored 20+ on five occasions and 15+ in ten games.
“He seems as though he feels great. So I don’t anticipate using him a lot differently than what we did yesterday. Here again, a lot depends on how he feels,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.
“We’re kind of going on the fly a little bit. And we have in our mind what we would like to do, but the game is probably going to dictate how we utilize him.”
Singleton makes a great professional prospect (provided he can show that he’s 100% healthy) because he’s effective on both ends of the floor. In the ‘Noles win at UNC-Greensboro he became the first player in ACC history to record a triple double of steals, rebounds and points.
“What was interesting was how he ball screened and flipped for jump shots yesterday. I think we have to be aware of that. But he is a force defensively. He loves to rebound the basketball,” Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey said of Singleton.
“I guess I’m more aware that their leader is back. I thought he was a lift to them talking in huddles and having him on the court. So they’re better. They’re really good with him. ”
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