TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Redshirt senior Anthony Polite and Matthew Cleveland of the Florida State men’s basketball team have been named to the All-Academic Men’s Basketball Team. -ACC 2022. The tryouts mark the first time both players have been honored as ACC board-appointed varsity team members. In order to be named to the team, which includes players from each of the 15 conference teams, players must maintain a 3.0 academic average for the past two semesters and for the players’ career.
This is the seventh straight season that at least one Seminole has been named to the All-ACC Academic men’s basketball team. Former Seminole star Trent Forrest won the Skip Prosser Award as the ACC’s Top College Athlete of 2020.
Polite averaged 9.9 points and a career-high 5.6 rebounds as a redshirt senior for the Seminoles during the 2022 season. He has played in 24 of Florida State’s 31 games as he has been forced to miss playing time when he suffered a wrist injury which forced him to miss seven games. Polite finished his career ranked 21st in school history with 301 career 3-point field goals and 23rd in school history with 105 career 3-point field goals. He is one of 24 players in school history to score at least 100 career 3-pointers.
Polite earned her bachelor’s degree in finance in 2021 and will graduate with a coaching certificate from Florida State School of Education on April 29.
“Being named to the All-ACC Academic Team is a great way to end my college career at Florida State,” Polite said. “One of my goals when I chose to be a Seminole was to graduate, just like my dad did after his career at FSU. The opportunity to attend Florida State and ultimately , to receive my diploma, is something very important for me and my family.
Cleveland, who was named the ACC’s Sixth Man of the Year, finished his first season as Florida State’s second-leading scorer (11.5 ppg) and third-leading rebounder (4.6 rpg). He played in 29 of 31 games, led the Seminoles in minutes played (26.2 mpg) and led the team with 133 field goals and 61 free throws.
“Being named to the All-ACC Academic Team as a rookie was definitely one of my academic goals for my freshman season,” Cleveland said. “My success in school is more important to me and my family than my success on the basketball court. Doing well in the classroom is one of the reasons I chose to come to Florida State and play for Florida. Hamilton – it’s part of our culture, it’s part of being a Seminole basketball player.
A member of the Florida State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Cleveland earned Dean’s List honors in the fall 2021 semester after earning a 4.0 grade point average in his first summer at the state of Florida. Cleveland specializes in sports management.
Florida State ACC All-Academic Men’s Basketball Team History
2003 — Todd Galloway, Marcell Haywood, Mike Mathews, Andrew Wilson
2004 – Von Wafer, Andrew Wilson
2005 – Andrew Wilson
2008 – Matt Zitani
2010 – Luke Loucks
2011 – Luke Loucks
2012 – Luke Loucks
2016 – Dwayne Bacon
2017 – Trent Forest
2018 – Trent Forest
2019 – Mfiondu Kabengele, Trent Forest
2020 – Trent Forrest, Devin Vassell
2021 – Balsa Koprivica, Sardaar Calhoun
2022 – Matthew Cleveland, Anthony Polite