Hamilton celebrates M. Basketball Team at Honors Banquet

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Redshirt seniors RayQuan Evans and Harrison Prieto shared four awards with freshman Matthew Cleveland as Florida State Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff honored the men’s basketball team at its annual Honors Banquet at the Champions Association. The Seminoles gathered as a group to recognize the triumphs and celebrate the members of Hamilton’s 20th team in Florida State as they played as one of the most respected teams in all of college basketball.

Florida State ended the season with an overall record of 17-14 and a 10-10 in ACC play. The Seminoles won the championship in the inaugural Jacksonville Classic, achieved a winning record against the five ACC teams selected to play in the NCAA Tournament and won three of their last four games to end the season. After winning six of their first eight games of the season, the Seminoles were in first place in the ACC standings and had won five consecutive conference games before losing all but one of their starters to season-ending operations in late January.

Evans, who earned his degree in social sciences during his career in Tallahassee, was honored as Florida State’s best free throw shooter (0.855 percent from the 2022 mark), winning the Otto Petty Award as the Seminoles’ leader in assists (3.2 apg average). in 2022), won the Charlie Ward Outstanding Defensive Player Award (team leading 41 seals in 2022) and won the prestigious Tip of the Spear Award. The Tip of the Spear Award is presented annually by Hamilton and his staff to the member of the men’s basketball team who exemplifies Florida’s undefeated spirit and who gives selflessly throughout the season.

Prieto, who will receive his master’s degree in meteorology in July, took home the awards as an outstanding academic All-Star, as Seminoles’ most improved player, as Seminole with the best 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.455 3-point shooting percentage in 2022 ) and a JUICE Award (Just Us in Combat Everyday), which he shared with members of Florida State’s famous Green Team.

Cleveland was also honored with four awards. He was presented with the First-Year Academic Achievement Award, the Seminoles’ overall Academic Achievement Award, the award as Newcomer of the Year and the award for sixth man of the year. Cleveland was named to the ACC All-Academic Team earlier this week. He was one of only three first-year students from the ACC to be named to the ACC’s academic team.

Senior Justin Lindner, who along with Prieto completed his record-breaking sixth year as Seminole in 2022, was presented with two awards. He was named an outstanding academic All-Star and took home one of six JUICE awards.

Lindner and Prieto were members of a school record that tied four NCAA tournament teams and Florida State’s 2020 ACC Championship team.

Redshirt senior Anthony Polite, who played on four NCAA tournament teams and 107 career games, was presented with the Dave Cowens Chairman of the Boards Award when he averaged career-high 5.6 rebounds per game in 2022. He shared the award with other senior Malik. Osborne. Between the two, Polite and Osborne had an average of 8.2 rebounds per game. match.

Redshirt senior Tanor Ngom, who played two seasons as Seminole, was named an Academic All-Star and as Florida State’s Unsung Hero. After even suffering an injury in November, Ngom was pushed into the starting lineup when he came back and started 15 games.

Already announced as part of Florida State’s schedule for the upcoming season 2022-23 is a performance at the 2022 ESPN Events Invitational at HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Seminoles will play in the event alongside Memphis, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Seton Hall, Siena and Stanford during ESPN’s Festival Week, 24-27. November.

Florida State’s complete schedule will be completed and released in September.

First year academic achievement award: Matthew Cleveland
Academic achievement award: Matthew Cleveland
Excellent Academic All-Stars: Justin Lindner, Tanor Ngom, Isaac Spainhour, Max Thorpe, Harrison Prieto
Newcomer of the year: Matthew Cleveland
Most improved player: Harrison Prieto, Jalen Warley
Best 3-point field goal percentage: Harrison Prieto, John Butler
Dave Cowens Chairman of the Board: Malik Osborne, Anthony Polite
Best free throw percentage: RayQuan Evans, Caleb Mills
Bob Sura excellent player: Caleb Mills
Sixth man: Matthew Cleveland
Otto Petty Most Assists Award: RayQuan Evans
Charlie Ward Outstanding Defensive Player Award: RayQuan Evans
Best field goal percentage: Naheem McLeod
Unsung Hero: Tanor Ngom, Wyatt Wilkes
Spearhead: RayQuan Evans
Mr. Hustle: Cam’Ron Fletcher
JUICE (Just Us in Combat Everyday): Justin Lindner, RJ Morris, Harrison Prieto, Isaac Spainhour, Max Thorpe, Cleveland Yates


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