September 29, 2010 - by
Basketball Lauded By Athlon

Sept. 29, 2010

Coming off the best five-year run since joining the ACC in 1991, the Florida State Seminoles come into the 2010-2011 season with fresh legs, new talent and the hopes of a third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, according to the editors of the Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview Magazine.

In the 2010-2011 Athlon Sports college basketball preview, its editors predict Florida State to finish in one of the top teams in the ACC for the third consecutive season. The Seminoles were selected fifth behind Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and NC State after having finished fourth and third, respectively, in the last two seasons. Florida State is one of only two teams in the ACC who has finished in the top four of the ACC standings in both of the last two seasons.

Coming off a 22-10 overall and a third place finish in the ACC standings, the Seminoles will add some fresh legs to the front court replacing Ryan Reid and Solomon Alabi who were both selected in the second round of the NBA Draft.

“We’re definitely going to miss Ryan and Solomon,” Coach Leonard Hamilton says. “There’s no doubt they were our most experienced interior defenders. They were two guys that really accepted their roles, and now we’ll have to readjust. But I’m encouraged with the players we have coming in.”

Jon Kreft and Bernard James will make their Seminole debut this upcoming season. After enrolling at Florida State in January, Kreft, a junior college transfer, is said to be a talented passer and a skilled scorer and after serving six years in the U.S. Air Force, James, a 6’10” forward is expected to give the Seminoles great athleticism.

Former McDonald’s All-American Chris Singleton returns to the team for his junior year. Singleton led the conference in steals and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009-10. The Seminole coaching staff is confident his offensive play will only improve after spending the summer at camps hosted by NBA stars Kevin Duran and LeBron James and playing on the US Select team this summer. Singleton is predicted as the top Defensive Player in the ACC as well as a member of the All-ACC Second Team by the editors of the magazine.

Watch for the Seminoles opening game of the season at home, Nov. 12, against North Florida with notable returners Derwin Kitchen, Luke Loucks, Deividas Dulkys and sophomore Michael Snaer in the line-up for the second consecutive season.

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