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Kiel Turpin granted sixth year of eligibility at Florida State

Jun 4, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

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Florida State 7-foot center Kiel Turpin was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, the university announced on Wednesday afternoon.

“I am very thankful for the NCAA allowing me to return for my sixth year of eligibility,” Turpin 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.”

“We are very happy for Kiel,”  Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton added.. “He will complete his basketball career and finish the requirements for a second degree in international affairs from Florida State after earning his undergraduate degree in social science last December.”

A leg injury sidelined Turpin for all of last year. He had previously received a medical redshirt for the the 2011-2012 season. The return of Turpin provides added depth on the Seminoles frontline. Rising junior centers Boris Bojanovsky and Michael Ojo, who stand 7-foot-3 and 7-foot-1, respectively, combined to play more than 32 minutes per game.

During the 2012-2013 season, Turpin averaged 5.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 15.4 minutes per game.

Florida State finished seventh in the ACC, reaching the NIT semifinals.