On Monday morning, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced their regular season awards, and three Florida State players were recognized. FSU is the number two seed in the ACC Tournament, which tips off Tuesday afternoon.
Senior guard M.J. Walker was selected to the All-ACC Second Team. He was previously an All-ACC Honorable Mention last year in his junior season. In 2020-21, Walker averaged 13.1 points per-game, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists, to go along with an 81.5 free throw shooting percentage and 44.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Narrowly missing out on All-ACC Second Team, junior forward RaiQuan Gray was the leading vote-getter for the All-ACC Third Team. Gray established new single-game career highs in points, rebounds, and assists this season, while averaging 12.4 points per-game, 6.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.5 steals overall.
Then there was freshman guard Scottie Barnes, who took home four different awards. Barnes was named ACC Freshman of the Year, receiving 53 of a possible 75 votes.
The 6-foot-9 phenom also won ACC Sixth Man of the Year and was selected to the ACC All-Freshman Team (receiving the most votes of any player in the conference). Named to the All-ACC Third Team, Barnes averaged 10.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and led FSU with 4.3 assists per-game this season.
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton nearly won ACC Coach of the Year for a fourth time in his legendary career, finishing second in voting to Virginia Tech’s Mike Young by just 2 votes. Gray also finished fifth in voting for ACC Most Improved Player.
On Thursday, FSU will face the winner of Wednesday’s ACC Tournament game between No. 7 seed Louisville and the winner between Duke and Boston College (who play each other on Tuesday).