NCAA grants sixth year to Florida State center Kiel Turpin

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Florida State got some good news on Wednesday from the NCAA.

Center Kiel Turpin has been granted a sixth year to exhaust his eligibility and will play his final season in Tallahassee during the 2014-15 campaign. Turpin missed all of last season with a leg injury and also received a medical redshirt for the 2011-12 season.

"I am very thankful for the NCAA allowing me to return for my sixth year of eligibility," Turpin said in a statement. “I also want to express my appreciation to Coach Hamilton and his staff and the administration at Florida State for working so hard to give me the opportunity to finish my career on the basketball court rather than on the sideline. I am going to work harder than I ever have to prepare myself physically to continue to be a productive member of our team. We are all very excited about the upcoming season.

"I am excited to join my teammates on the court during pre-season workouts, practice throughout the year and when we start playing games in November. It is a great feeling knowing that I will be able to represent the great fans of Florida State for one more season on the basketball court.”

Turpin, a 7-footer, averaged 5.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks two seasons ago. With the loss of forwards Okaro White and Robert Gilchrist, Turpin should be able to find minutes off the bench for the Seminoles.

Florida State went 22-14 last season, falling in the semifinals of the NIT.

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