Florida State Seminoles
- Year: Junior
As a Recruit: Whisnant II was recruited from Cherryville Senior (Cherryville, NC) class of 2011. He committed to Florida State on 4/17/2010.
ON WHISNANT: One of the shooting stars in the ACC whose ability to shoot well consistently from long range makes him the prime candidate to become the next great 3-point shooter in the ACC beginning with his sophomore season and for the remainder of his incredibly promising career...he is among the Seminoles' hardest workers who is quickly developing into one of the top 3-point shooting threats in the ACC and at Florida State...all he needs is playing time which will be abundant for the sophomore in his second season as a Seminole...averaged 7.7 minutes played in 25 games as a freshman in helping lead Florida State to its school record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and to its first ACC Championship in school history...helped Florida State to a 25-11 overall record, a 12-4 record in ACC play, a third place finish in the ACC standings, a first round bye in the ACC Tournament, the Seminoles' second ever appearance in the ACC Tournament Championship game, the Seminoles' first ever ACC Championship and Florida State's school record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season...in winning a near school record 25 games, the Seminoles won an ACC best six games against nationally ranked teams including wins over No. 3 and No. 4 North Carolina, No. 4 and No. 6 Duke and No. 18 and No. 24 Virginia - the highest number of wins over ranked teams by the Seminoles since also defeating six ranked teams during the 1992-93 season...Florida State's two wins over both Duke and North Carolina marked the first time in school history they had defeated both the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels multiple times in the same season and first time since 1995 (Georgia Tech) that any ACC team had defeated those two teams at least twice each in the same season...helped Florida State defeat all four Tobacco Road schools in the ACC (Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest) in the same season for the first time in school history during his freshman season...the Seminoles topped the Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium (Jan. 21) for only the second time in school history and in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament to advance to the championship game for the first time in school history...the Seminoles' wins over the Tar Heels were just as historic...Florida State topped No. 3 North Carolina 90-57 (Jan. 14) in Tallahassee for the largest margin of victory in school history over a nationally ranked team then defeated the Tar Heels at Philips Arena in Atlanta in the championship game of the ACC Tournament to give the Seminoles their first ACC Championship in school history...continued to help improve the Seminoles' national profile as Florida State was ranked in the top 15 of both major national polls to end the 2012 season - No. 10 by the Associated Press and No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls...it marked the first time since the 1992-93 season - and only the second time in school history -- that the Seminoles had been ranked in the top 15 in the final polls from both ranking services...Florida State spent the final seven weeks of Whisnant's freshman season ranked in both major polls...the Seminoles were included in the AP Poll in 10 of 18 weeks and spent nine of 18 weeks in the ESPN poll...Florida State was one of only two teams in the nation that began the season unranked and finished ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll (also Michigan State) and were one of only three teams who began the season unranked and finished the season in the top 15 of the ESPN Poll (also Michigan State and Indiana)...the Seminoles' eight consecutive week run in the AP Poll (Jan. 23-March 11) was their longest since an eight week run during the 1997-98 season (Dec. 1-Jan.16) while their seven consecutive week run in the ESPN Poll was their longest since an eight week stay also during the 1997-98 season (Dec. 1-Jan, 16)...quickly grasped Florida State's defensive scheme and helped the Seminoles finish fifth nationally in field goal percentage defense in 2012...Florida State has led the ACC in field goal percentage defense in a league record four consecutive seasons...becoming a top defender in the ACC who helped the Seminoles become only the fourth team in ACC history to lead the league in blocked shots and steals in the same season in 2012...the Seminoles are the third winningest team in the ACC in the last three seasons with Snaer on the roster and the third winningest team in the ACC in the last six seasons...the Seminoles have led the nation in field goal percentage defense and ranked fifth nationally in 2012 in blocked shots in both of Snaer's first two seasons...earned the prestigious Mr. Basketball Award in the basketball rich state of North Carolina as a senior at Cherryville High School...the state Player of the Year by the Associated Press and the Charlotte Observer in 2011...the state Player of the Year and an All-State First Team selection in 2011 by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association...a two-time All-State First Team selection in both 2010 and 2011...named to the All-Southern team by the Orlando Sentinel following his senior season...the 78th overall rated player and the 28th rated shooting guard in the class of 2011 by ESPN.com...a four star player as named by 247 Sports...scored 14 points to go along with two rebounds and one steal as he played for the West Team in the Jordan Brand Classic Regional All-American game at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte following his senior season...
AS A FRESHMAN (2012): Averaged 2.1 points (11th on the team), 1.0 rebound (11th), and made 11 3-point field goals (tied for fifth) as he played in 25 of the Seminoles' 35 games during his first season as a Seminole...earned playing time in 11 of the Seminoles' 16 ACC games, its ACC Championship clinching win over North Carolina and the Seminoles' NCAA Tournament victory over St. Bonaventure...averaged 3.8 points and scored 45 of his 53 points (.849 percent) against the Seminoles' 14 non-conference opponents in the first half of the season...made 10 of his 11 3-point shots for the season against the Seminoles' non-conference opponents...shot .750 (three of four) from the free throw line during the Seminoles' non-conference schedule...scored in double figures twice including 11 points in the Seminoles' win over UNC Greensboro (Dec. 11) and at No. 11 Florida (Dec. 22)...established career highs with three free throws made and four free throws attempted in the Seminoles win over UNC Greensboro and set his career highs for field goals made (four) and 3-point field goals made (three) on the road at Florida...also set career highs for assists with four, steals with two and minutes played with 22 in the Seminoles' win over the Spartans...made the second field goal attempt of his career - a dunk - with 1:55 left in the Seminoles' win over Jacksonville (Nov. 11) to account for the first bucket of his career...his field goal made the score 79-64 and gave the Seminoles a 15-point advantage in their way to their 79-67 season opening win over the Dolphins...totaled 10 minutes of playing time to go along with one assist and one rebound as he began his collegiate career with a win at home...his first career 3-point shot came in the Seminoles' 80-39 win over South Alabama in Tallahassee (Nov. 20)...his first career made shot from the bonusphere came with 2:12 remaining in the game and gave Florida State a 78-35 lead...totaled eight points against both Charleston Southern (Dec. 5) and Loyola Marymount (Dec. 18) in Seminole wins at home...totaled two points on one field goal made in the Seminoles' win over Auburn (Jan. 4) to close out Florida State's non-conference schedule...best three game scoring stretch of his first season came against UNC Greensboro (11 points), Loyola Marymount (eight points) and at Florida (11 points) for a 10.0 points per game average...earned a 2:1 assist:turnover ratio with 12 assists and only six turnovers in 192 minutes played...averaged only one turnover for every 32 minutes played as a freshman...only one turnover in his final 18 games and 132 minutes of the season...was not charged with a turnover after January 10th (nine ACC regular season games, one ACC Tournament game and one NCAA Tournament game...scored in 10 games - Florida State was 8-2 in those games including North Carolina and NC State during the regular season...(vs. Boston College): Earned four minutes of playing time in the Seminoles only game of the season against Boston College...the Eagles took a 64-60 decision in Chestnut Hill (Feb. 8) to snap the Seminoles' school record seven game ACC winning streak...earned two minutes of playing time in both halves as the Seminoles suffered only their second ACC loss of the season to put their record at 7-2 in conference play...(vs. Clemson): Scored four points, was credited with one assist and one steal as he played on one of the Seminoles' two games against Clemson...earned playing time against the Tigers on the road in Florida State's 79-59 loss in Littlejohn Coliseum at Clemson (Jan. 7)...the four points against the Tigers rank as the most points he scored in an ACC game during his first season at Florida State...his assist and his steal against Clemson also ranked as the first of his career in an ACC game...(vs. Duke): Scored zero points and pulled down zero rebounds in one appearance in three games against NCAA Tournament participant Duke...his playing time came in the first half of Florida State's 76-73 win over the Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium (Jan. 21)...inserted for his offensive abilities midway through the first half as Florida State worked to stay with the Blue Devils...missed his only shot of the game - a 3-pointer...Florida State won the game on a heart stopping, buzzer beating 3-point shot by Michael Snaer as the game ended to give the Seminoles the win over the No. 4 ranked Blue Devils and snap Duke's 45 game home unbeaten streak...(vs. Georgia Tech): Earned three minutes of playing time but did not score any points in the Seminoles' only game of the season against Georgia Tech...his playing time came in the first half as Florida State rallied from as much as a three point deficit to trail by only one at 25-24 at halftime...Florida State ran out to lead by as many as 17 in the second half in winning, 68-54, in Tallahassee (Feb. 1)...(vs. Maryland): Totaled three minutes of playing time in Florida State's only game of the season against Maryland...The Seminoles won going away, 84-70, over the Terps in Tallahassee (Jan. 17)...Florida State took a 36-33 halftime lead and outscored the Terps by 11 in the second half in winning at home...all three minutes of playing time came in the second half as Florida State shot .536 percent from the field and outscored Maryland 84-70 in gaining the win...(vs. Miami): Played in one of Florida State's two games against NIT participant Miami as the Seminoles defeated the Hurricanes in two of the three meetings between the two teams...the Seminoles won at home in Tallahassee, the Hurricanes won in Coral Gables and the Seminoles topped the Hurricanes in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament in its first of three wins in the ACC Tournament as Florida State won its first ever ACC Championship...totaled five minutes of playing time in the three games series with his playing time coming in the Seminoles game at Miami...the Hurricanes won the game, 78-62, in Coral Gables (Feb. 26)...missed his only shot of the - from 3-point range - and did not pull down any rebounds in the game...(vs. North Carolina): Averaged 1.0 point, 0.5 rebounds and 2.0 minutes played in two games against NCAA Tournament participant North Carolina...earned playing time in the Seminoles' monumental win over the Tar Heels at home during the regular season and in Florida State's ACC Championship clinching win over the Tar Heels in the finals of the ACC Tournament...totaled two points in two minutes of playing time as the Seminoles topped the No. 3 ranked Tar Heels, 90-57, in Tallahassee for the largest margin of victory (+33) against a ranked team in school history...the Seminoles took the lead early (on a foreshadowing 3-pointer by Deividas Dulkys) and never looked back as they won their second consecutive ACC game and moved into a tie for first place in the ACC standings...his lay-up with 1:34 left in the game was the final basket of the game for either team and gave the Seminoles their largest lead at +33 points (90-57)...the win was Florida State's second of its school record seven consecutive ACC wins...earned two minutes of playing time in the ACC Championship game as the Seminoles defeated North Carolina, 85-82, to win the first ACC Championship in school history...playing time came early in the second half as he helped the Seminoles take as much as a 13-point lead on their way to the championship clinching win...the Seminoles led by as many as 16 points in the first half and by as many as 13 in the second half in gaining their second of two wins of the Tar Heels...marked the first time in school history that Florida State had defeated the Tar Heels twice in the same season...(vs. NC State): Totaled two points and his ACC career high of two rebounds in seven minutes in the Seminoles only game of the season against NCAA Tournament participant NC State...made his only field goal attempt of the game and pulled down one offensive and one defensive rebound in the Seminoles' 76-62 win over the Wolfpack in Raleigh (Feb. 18)...a tip in at the 5:09 mark of the first half gave Florida State a 30-22 lead on its way to a commanding 37-26 advantage...earned four minutes of playing time in the second half as Florida State stretched its lead to as many as 20 points in the second half in taking the ACC road win and gained its 10th ACC win of the season for the school record fourth consecutive season...(vs. Virginia Tech): Averaged 0.0 points and 0.0 rebounds in two games against NIT participant Virginia Tech...played a total of nine minutes in the two wins over the Hokies with wins coming both Blacksburg and Tallahassee...totaled four minutes of playing to in the Seminoles' 63-59 win over the Hokies in Blacksburg (Jan. 10)...earned five minutes of playing time in the Seminoles' miraculous, buzzer-beating win over Virginia Tech, 48-47, in Tallahassee...on the court in the final minute of the game as he was inserted into the line-up with 44 seconds remaining in the game as Florida State was down by two at 47-45...the Hokies missed a 3-point shot and two free throws to set up heroics by Michael Snaer on a buzzer-beating 3-point shot to win the game, 48-47...Whisnant defended the inbounds pass as hindered the Hokies from moving quickly up the court to get an open look at the basket...Virginia Tech took a well-defended shot that did not fall and the Seminoles took the win at home...(vs. Wake Forest): Totaled his ACC career high of eight minutes of playing time in the Seminoles' only game of the season against Wake Forest...was 0-1 shooting from the field (on a 3-point shot) in the Seminoles' 75-52 win over the Demon Deacons...four points in the first half as Florida State took a 29-23 halftime lead and four minutes of playing time as Florida State increased its lead to as many as 25 in winning its second ACC game of the season by as many as 25 points...(vs. Florida): Scored his career high of 11 points in 10 minutes of play in the Seminoles' only game of the season against NCAA Tournament participant Florida...finished as one of three Seminoles in double figure scoring as Florida State fell, 82-64, in Gainesville (Dec. 22)...three points on a first half 3-point shot to draw the Seminoles to within one at 14-13 with 8:37 left before halftime...totaled eight points in the second half as the Seminoles battled the Gators on the road...tied his career high with three 3-point field goals made in scoring 11 points for the second of two times during his freshman season and the second time in three games...(in one game during the Battle4Atlantis): Played in one of Florida State's three games in the inaugural Battle4Atlantis...earned two minutes of playing time in the Seminoles' 73-53 win over UMass in the first round of the tournament (Nov. 24)...two minutes of playing time came in the first half of the win as Florida State built a 36-25 halftime lead...the Seminoles defeated UMass in the first round of the event but fell to eventual champion Harvard (46-41, Nov. 25) and then No. 4 ranked UConn (78-76 in overtime, Nov. 26) in the consolation final game of the event...(in one game during the ACC Tournament): Played in one game during the Seminoles' run to the first ACC Championship in school history in the ACC Tournament at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga...as the No. 3 seed, the Seminoles defeated sixth seeded Miami in the quarterfinals, No. 6 ranked and No. 2 seeded Duke and No. 4 ranked and No. 1 seeded North Carolina in their three game march to the championship...the Seminoles' wins over Duke and North Carolina marked only the third time in the history of the ACC Tournament that a team defeated both Duke and North Carolina in the semifinals and finals to win the championship...earned two minutes of playing time in the second half of the Seminoles' title clinching win over North Carolina in the ACC Tournament Championship game won 85-82 by the Seminoles...(in one game during the NCAA Tournament): Played in one of the Seminoles' two games in their school record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance...helped the Seminoles defeat St. Bonaventure in the second round of event to mark the second consecutive season the Seminoles won their first round game...the Seminoles second and third round games were played at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn...(vs. St. Bonaventure): Earned two minutes of playing time as Florida State rallied to defeat St. Bonaventure, 66-63, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament...two minutes played came in the first half as he helped Florida State battle back from as much as a 10 point deficit to trail by only six at the intermission...the Seminoles trailed during the entire first half and took the lead at the 5:18 mark of the second half on a 3-point shot by Ian Miller...the Seminoles outscored St. Bonaventure 16-11 in the final 7:21 of the game to earn the win...
AT CHERRYVILLE: Graduated from Cherryville High School in 2011...averaged 31.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.0 steals as a senior...made a school record 124 3-point shots and scored a school record 950 points as a senior...his 950 points is the fourth highest single season total in school history...totaled 40 points or more in four games and in tied the state record with three consecutive games with 40 points or more as a senior...scored at least 30 points in 14 different games and scored 20 or more points in 29 games as a senior (all but one of his team's 30 game) which also ranks as a school record...named the Player of the Year in the state of North Carolina and to the All-State First Team by the Charlotte Observer...also named to the All-Region First Team and the Region Player of the Year by the Charlotte Observer...led Cherryville to the Southern Piedmont Conference title into the regional championship of the state tournament with a 25-5 record...the Ironmen were a perfect 16-0 against league competition...finished his prep career with a school and county record 2,561 points - the seventh highest career total in North Carolina boys' basketball history...broke the school record of 1,747 points by Terry Whisnant, Sr. - his father - during his senior season...became the all-time leading scorer in Gaston County with a 42 point performance against North Lincoln...his personal best for points in a single game - a school record 46 - came in a 97-81 win over Highland Tech...scored his 46 points on 15 of 17 shooting from the floor including eight of nine from the 3-point line...totaled 45 points on 16 of 25 shooting from the field and nine of 17 shooting from 3-plint range against Lincolnton...scored 42 points in a 92-74 win over South Point during his senior season...his 42 point outburst including a record 10 3-point shots made in the victory...also totaled 42 points in the semifinals of the David Wright Holiday Classic against First Assembly Christian...totaled 39 points and 14 rebounds in an 86-82 win over Hendersonville...scored 43 points in an epic, sold out regular season game against Lincolnton...scored 33 points in Cherryville's 117-47 win over Challenger...opened his junior season with a 33 point outing in a 98-90 victory over South Point...averaged 27.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting nearly 51 percent from the 3-point line as a junior...the Player of the Year and an all-league First Team selection in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference as he led Cherryville to the league's regular season and tournament championships...named the area Player of the Year by the Gaston Gazette as a junior as he shot .543 from the field and a stunning .505 from the 3-point line...led Cherryville to a 24-3 record which included a playoff loss to Bishop McGuinness of Winston-Salem...averaged 26.0 points scored per game in leading Cherryville to the semifinals of the state championship tournament as a sophomore...plays for the highly successful Carolina Raptors AAU team.
PERSONAL: Born November 5, 1992...Terry is the son of Beverly and Terry Whisnant, Sr....has two sisters, Danielle and Dominic, who were also basketball stars at Cherryville...his father played linebacker at North Carolina during his collegiate career after turning down offers to play basketball at Wake Forest and Clemson...participated in the Paul Pierce Skills Academy in the summer before his senior season...selected Florida State over Clemson, Virginia Tech, Miami, Wake Forest, Charlotte and VCU.
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