TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Trent Forrest, who was named to the 2020 All-ACC Defensive Team, has been named to the 2020 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team by CollegeInsider.com. His career-high eight steals in Cameron Indoor Stadium against Duke on February 10, 2020 rank as the most by an opponent player in Cameron while his 59 total steals in 2020 were tied for the second most in the ACC this season.
Forrest was one of the leaders on Florida State’s defense which ranked first in the ACC in steals (8.8 spg), second in blocked shots (5.2 bpg), fourth in field goal percentage defense (.406), fifth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.317) and fifth in scoring defense (65.7).
Forrest totaled 224 steals in his four-year career as a Seminole – the third highest career total by a Florida State player. He also completed his career tied for 22nd in ACC history and as one of only twenty-five players in conference history with at least 224 career steals.
Forrest is one of three ACC players named to the 2020 Lefty Driesell team along with Mamadi Diakite of Virginia, and Tre Jones of Duke.
Forrest totaled at least one steal in 27 of Florida State’s 31 games and earned multiple steals in 16 games. He earned four steals in victories over Wake Forest (January 8), Virginia (January 15) and Notre Dame (January 25).
Forrest finished his illustrious Seminole career with 1,143 points (33rd in Florida State history), 562 rebounds (20th in school history), 455 assists (fifth in school history) and 224 steals (third in school history). He is joined by only Bob Sura in Florida State history as Seminoles with at least 1,100 career points, at least 500 career rebounds, at least 400 career assists and at least 200 career steals.
Florida State finished the 2019-20 season with a 26-5 overall record and a 16-4 mark in ACC play. The Seminoles are 55-13 overall (.809 winning percentage) and 29-9 in ACC play (.763 winning percentage) in the last two seasons. The Seminoles are one of only three teams in the ACC to win at least 54 games and at least 29 ACC games in the last two seasons.
Driesell, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018, won 786 games in 41 years at Davidson, Maryland, James Madison and Georgia State. He ranks eighth on the NCAA career Division I victories list and his teams at each stop were known for playing tenacious defense. From 1969-1986 at Maryland, his teams posted a 348-159 record, won two Atlantic Coast Conference regular season titles and one tournament title.
2020 LEFTY DRIESELL DEFENSIVE ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Trent Forrest, Gr., Florida State
Trey Bey, Jr., Colorado
Mamadi Diakite, Sr., Virginia
Malachi Flynn, Jr., San Diego State
Javon Freeman-Liberty, So., Valparaiso
Marcus Garrett, Jr., Kansas
Romaro Gill, Sr., Seton Hall
Jacob Gilyard, Jr., Richmond
Ashton Hagans, So., Kentucky
Juvaris Hayes Sr., Merrimack
Tre Jones, So., Duke
Davonta Jordan, Sr., Buffalo
Nathan Knight, Sr., William & Mary
Jason Levi, Jr., UT Rio Grande Valley
Isaiah Miller, Jr., UNCG
Davion Mitchell, So., Baylor
Rout Monyyong, Jr., Little Rock
Osamumwen Oshghae, Sr., FIU
Daniel Oturu So., Minnesota
Jonah Radebaugh, Sr., Northern Colorado
Zavier Simpson, Sr., Michigan
Jalen Tate, Jr., Northern Kentucky
Aaron Thompson, Jr., Jr., Butler
Jahlil Tripp, Sr., Pacific
Mark Vital, Jr., Baylor