Latson named national Freshman of the Year by The Athletic

Ta’Niya Latson is the first freshman ever to lead the ACC in scoring at 21.3 points per game.
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Special to the Outlook

It hasn’t been close. And The Athletic made it known.

Florida State women’s basketball freshman guard Ta’Niya Latson was selected as a near-unanimous pick by the national publication as the NCAA women’s basketball Freshman of the Year last Friday. Five of the six panelists chose the Miami native as the unquestioned best freshman in the country.

Latson’s eye-popping feats and statistics throughout the season include owning an FSU single-season record seven 30-point games this season, which is more than half of the ACC’s 13 total as a conference. She also established the ACC’s single-season scoring record by a freshman, which is currently at 659 total points through her 31 games played.

 “The Athletic’s list of freshmen of the year candidates is filled with players who made instant imprints, filling roles that ascended their programs,” the publication said in a statement. “But none did so more than Florida State’s Ta’Niya Latson. She set records, took the Seminoles to another level and makes us eager to see what’s next for her in women’s college basketball. For those reasons, Latson was a near-unanimous pick for our winner.”

Latson’s awards this season are endless: She is a finalist for both the John R. Wooden Award and the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. She was named the ACC’s Freshman of the Year as well as to the All-ACC First Team. She was a three-time USBWA National Freshman of the Week, a record-setting 10-time ACC Rookie of the Week and was put on the Wade Watch List. She is the first freshman ever to lead the ACC in scoring at 21.3 points per game.