Nov. 10, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State has a senior point guard, and that is always a good place to start in building a basketball team.
Delvon Arrington started 58 games in the last two years.
Adrian Crawford will return after healing from the knee surgery that limited him to 15 games as a junior. So he will provide depth at the position.
“He shoots the ball really well and has shot the ball this preseason.”
Arrington is one of only three players to hold multiple top-10 single-season school assist numbers and enters his third season ranked third in school history with a 6.3 assists per game average.
In addition, he is one of only two players in the ACC to finish ranked in the top three in the league assists category in each of the last two seasons.
But Arrington said that the team needs more from him this time.
“I need to step up in scoring,” Arrington said. “I need to score to put more pressure on teams. Now I can show them another dimension to my game.
“I worked on that all summer. I worked with everybody. That’s all I’ve been doing, shooting the ball. I’ve really been working on my game this summer.”
Robinson agrees and says that his senior can get it done.
“Delvon will have to accept a more expanded role on our team to help us be successful,” Robinson said. “He will be asked to do more this season. He may be one of the fastest players in the nation with the ball in his hands.
“He is a solid player on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.”
Florida State’s recruiting class, which ranked 13th in the nation by some, includes four players. All are expected to contribute. The class consists of three freshmen (Michael Joiner of Fayetteville, Ryan Lowery, and Andrew Wilson) and a junior-college transfer in Monte Cummings.
“All the newcomers have really pushed the returning guys,” Robinson said. “Michael Joiner is a complete player who is a hard worker and should fit into our system very well.
“He gets involved with the flow of the game both offensively and defensively and has uncanny court savvy. He will be a tremendous addition to our team as a freshman.”
“Coaching this group is a great deal of fun,” Robinson said. “Our veterans are solid basketball players and have played a lot of minutes during their careers.
“All of the newcomers have talent and how those two pieces fit together will be the key. We have depth. We have youth, and we have a number of good players. If we can teach all of the players what it takes, and if we can learn from each other, we can improve tremendously as a team and have a good season.”
Antwaun Dixon, a 6-5 forward, said that he hopes the Seminoles will be beyond the building stage that saw them go 12-17 last season.
“We need to think about winning only,” Dixon said. “We just need to come together. It’s been a building process at Florida State for the past few years: new coaches, new recruits.
“We have to come together, learn the system together and get our continuity. We have to play well as a team.”
Dixon said that he believes the Seminoles have gotten over any mental hurdles.
“I don’t think it’s (a lack) of confidence,” he said. “Everyone is pretty confident. On any given night we don’t go in thinking we are going to lose. We go into the game knowing we are going to compete to win.”
Knowing their leader is the senior with the ball in his hands should help.
By EDDY LANDRETH, Sports Editor, The Chapel Hill News