File this one under foregone conclusions. In what came as a surprise to absolutely nobody, Florida State redshirt-sophomore forward Mfiondu Kabengele was today named The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Sixth Man of the Year for the 2018-2019 season.
Kabengele (6’10, 25) was a force for the Seminoles, as the only player on a Power-Five team to lead his team in scoring while coming off the bench. A consummate challenge for opposing defenses, “Fi” has been able to employ quicks and athleticism to outmaneuver bigs, while his imposing size and wingspan allow him to work over smaller foes. When you factor in Kabengele’s post moves, his proficiency from the line (77.1% at the charity stripe), and the fact that his range extends beyond the three-point arc (35.4% shooting from downtown), mismatch is really putting it mildly— he’s been a nightmare to defend.
Through regular-season action, Kabengele has averaged 13.3 PPG on 50.2% shooting, 5.6 RPG, and 1.3 BPG in just 20.9 MPG. This wasn’t even close— check out the voting:
Mfiondu Kabengele, So., Florida State, 60
DJ Funderburk, So., NC State, 3
Jared Wilson-Frame, Jr., Pitt, 3
Nassir Little, Fr., North Carolina, 2
Braxton Key, Jr., Virginia, 2
But Kabengele wasn’t the only ’Nole to earn an ACC nod— check out the rest of the Seminoles to earn honors here.