March 5, 2005
Anthony Richarson and Adam Waleskowski will always be remembered as the leaders of the 2004-2005 Seminoles’ men’s basketball team. These two players have come a long way from their freshman year to develop into two quality basketball players over the last four years at Florida State. By the end of their basketball careers both players will be highly ranked in the all-time record books at Florida State.
As of February 20, 2005 Anthony Richardson has had 82 career blocks, which would rank him 11th at FSU for all-time career blocks. His current 954 points would rank him among FSU’s top 50 career scorers of all-time. In addition, the North Carolina native’s current free throw percentage of .767 makes him one of FSU’s elite free throw shooters yet.
Adam Waleskowski has dominated on the boards over the course of his Seminole career. As of February 20, 2005 he has had 452 career rebounds, and with a few games remaining in the regular season and the ACC tournament just around the corner, Waleskowski still has a shot at 500 career rebounds, a mark that only 27 other Seminoles have reached. Whether or not the Ohio native reaches that plateau, he will still be remembered as one of the Garnet & Gold’s top rebounders.
“He has meant a lot to the team,” said Richardson of Waleskowski. “Every game he comes out and plays with a lot of effort. He always goes out there and tries to get a lot of rebounds. He is always trying to win the game on the boards.”
With only a few games left in the season, Richardson and Waleskowski will both have the opportunity to finish the year with 117 and 120 games played respectively, placing them both in the top 15 all-time for career games played at Florida State. If the Seminoles are able to advance deep into the ACC tournament, Waleskowski, who has never missed a game in his FSU career, will have a shot at breaking Rodney Dobard’s FSU record of 122 games played.
“I’m not sure if I’m going to break that record or not,” said Waleskowski. “I am just happy that I have had the opportunity to play for Florida State. Being able to contributing to this program over the last four years has been a great feeling.”
Richardson came to Florida State as a very highly recruited player. Recruiting guru Bob Gibbons rated him as the No. 1 prospect in the state of North Carolina and Brick Oettinger rated him as the nation’s 16th best prospect. Richardson was also the first McDonald’s All-American to sign with Florida State since 1995.
In his freshman year, Richardson did not disappoint, as he earned All-ACC Freshman Team Honorable Mention. He played in 28 games and averaged 17.6 minutes a game. He also scored 7.2 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, and ranked third on the team with 15 blocked shots. Against No. 1 and previously undefeated Duke on January 5, 2002, the Seminoles pulled off the biggest upset in school history and Richardson was a key part in that game as he scored 11 points, pulled down five rebounds, and had two steals.
“I will always remember the game against Duke Freshman year. They had a bunch of guys who have played in the NBA: Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer, and Chris Duhon. That was a huge win at home,” said Richardson.
Waleskowski came to Florida State as a proven winner. Waleskowski was the leader of a two-time state championship team in Ohio. He was also a McDonald’s All-American Finalist and a member of the U.S. All-Stars in the prestigious Capital Classic All-Star game as a senior in high school.
As a freshman, Waleskowski appeared in 29 games, made three starts, and averaged 11.3 minutes per game. In only his second game as a Seminole he scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds against Savannah State. He finished the season strongly, as he started in the final two games of the season for the Seminoles in the ACC tournament against Clemson and Maryland. One game however stands out for Waleskowski above the rest.
“Beating Duke freshman year is by far the most memorable experience for me since being at Florida State,” said Waleskowski. “It was my first big victory here and something I will never forget.”
Sophomore year showed an increase statistically and in terms of roles for both players. Richardson earned a spot in the Seminoles’ starting line-up in 24 games and Waleskowski made starts in nine games.
Richardson began to dominate during his sophomore season as he led the team with 82 free throws made and was second on the team with 12.4 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, and 1.1 blocks per game. He entered FSU’s record books for the first time on January 14, 2003 when he tied the all-time Florida State record for free throw percentage in a single game (with a minimum of nine attempts) by going 10 for 10 from the line against Georgia Tech.
Richardson’s outstanding numbers as a sophomore made him only one of four players in the ACC to finish in the conference’s top 20 in scoring, rebounding, free throw shooting percentage, blocked shots and offensive rebounds. Richardson looked to make it two in a row when the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils came to town in 2003. He succeeded by scoring 14 points and leading the Seminoles to a 75-70 victory.
“Anthony has been a good part of this team,” said Waleskowski. “He has a great attitude and is a really hard worker. He is one of those guys who are always out to do whatever he can to help the team. He is the kind of player that every team needs.”
Waleskowski continued to increase his playing time as he averaged 17.1 minutes per game during his sophomore season. He upped his points per game to 4.1 and his rebounds 3.0. Waleskowski also played a huge role in the Seminole’s second consecutive win at home over Duke. He scored eight points in the game, including four points in the final 18 seconds that helped the Seminoles lock up a victory.
In the 2003-2004 season Richardson and Waleskowski both proved to be key contributors for Florida State as the team experienced its first winning season since 1997-1998. They help guide the team to a record of 19-14, including three victories over top 10 opponents, a birth to the National Invitation Tournament, and a ranking of 25th for the week of December 29, 2003 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll.
Richardson started the season off strong as he scored in double-digit figures in the first four of five games of the season. From an offensive stand point he had his best game to date in his career against Northwestern. After only scoring two points in the first half, Richardson turned it on in the second as he proceed to score 25 more points. He hit 10 of 13 shots, including four of five from three-point range.
“Scoring 25 points in the second half against Northwestern was probably my greatest individual achievement since being at Florida State,” said Richardson. “Anytime you can score that many points in one half is always a great feeling.”
Richardson finished the season with a team leading free throw percentage of .815. In addition, he averaged 7.3 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Waleskowski had his break out year as a junior as he led the team in rebounds with 178, which was more than he had the previous two years combined. He also increased his minutes once again as he averaged 21.6 minutes per game and became more of a scoring threat, averaging 6.8 points per game. Waleskowski was vital for the Seminoles as he helped lead them past the No. 10 Wake Forest at home, scoring 16 points and pulling down eight rebounds.
“That was the biggest win of my season, it was right after we beat North Carolina, and right before we beat Georgia Tech,” said Waleskowski. “I was a big contributor in the victory over Wake Forest and that was a really good feeling.”
He also played well in the NIT games against Wichita State and Iowa State, averaging a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“Playing in the NIT was a good opportunity for us,” said Waleskowski. “We got to go to Wichita State and play in a really hostile atmosphere, they had 10,000 screaming fans, the place was packed, and we got a win in overtime. It was a lot of fun and a great experience.”
Both players have had a strong senior season to finish their careers at Florida State. As of February 20, 2005, Richardson has led the team this season with a free throw shooting percentage of .800. He is tied for the team lead with 14 blocks, and has averaged 6.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game. Waleskowski has continued to build off his success from previous years, as he is currently second on the team in scoring with 8.5 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Both players will graduate this spring, Richardson with a degree in Sport Management and Waleskowski with a degree in Humanities. They plan on continuing their basketball careers at the next level, but will always be remembered for the great careers they have had at Florida State.
By Joshua Weber
FSU Sports Information