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Douglas to transfer to Florida State

From staff reports

Former Jonesboro High School basketball standout Toney Douglas is going to be a Seminole.

Douglas, who was named a Freshman All-American last season at Auburn, will have to sit out a year but will be playing for Florida State in the 2006-07 season.

Douglas, a guard, averaged 16.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game for Auburn during the 2004-05.

"We are very excited to have a player with Toney's talent in our program," Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton told the Florida State athletics website. "He is a player with proven scoring abilities and an unselfish spirit who enjoys getting his teammates involved in running the offense. On top of the that, he quickly showed our staff and players that he has great character and will fit into our program nicely."

This spring, Douglas announced he was entering the NBA draft but pulled out. Since he did not sign with an agent, Douglas was allowed to come back to the collegiate ranks. On June 14 Auburn granted Douglas released to any non-SEC school. According to an Associated Press story earlier this week, Auburn rejected Douglas' appeal to remove restrictions to go to an SEC school.

Douglas racked up many awards after his freshman season at Auburn including being named to the Freshman All-America Third Team and All SEC Third Team and was an NABC All-District 6 Second Team selection. He also was named MVP of the San Juan Shootout after helping lead the Tigers to a second-place finish in the tournament.

Douglas ranked fourth in the SEC in scoring, shooting .424 from the field, .373 from the 3-point arc and .789 from the free-throw line.

Douglas' best game of the year with a 38-point, 10-rebound effort against Nicholls State. He scored 33 points against Virginia.

At Jonesboro High School, Douglas helped lead the Cardinals to three-straight state tournament appearances including a final 4 appearance in 2002 and a Class AAAAA state runner-up finish in 2003.

Douglas ended his prep career as the all-time leading scorer in Clayton County history, breaking a record formerly held by former Mt. Zion High School standout Karl Hollingsworth.