GREENVILLE, S.C. – Boris Bojanovsky is one of the most prolific shot blockers in school history and will soon rank among the Seminoles’ top five for career blocked shots. He ranks among Florida State’s top field goal shooters in school history. He has played in three victories over nationally ranked teams and helped lead the Seminoles to the semifinals of the 2014 NIT to become one of a select group of Florida State players who has played in the famed basketball mecca of Madison Square Garden.
But as a senior in 2015-16 season he is enjoying the best season of his career.
Bojanovsky has started each of the first 12 games for the 10-2 Seminoles, is ranked seventh in the ACC in blocked shots, is averaging a career-high 6.9 points and a career-high 4.3 rebounds per game and, with every game he plays, continues to help rewrite the Seminoles’ record book.
Bojanovsky and the Seminoles will begin play in Florida State’s 25th season of ACC basketball on Saturday as they travel to play Clemson at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The Seminoles and Tigers will play in Greenville and not on the Clemson University campus as the Tigers’ home arena (Littlejohn Coliseum) undergoes a facelift.
Bojanovsky points specifically to his increased confidence on the court for his improved play this season.
“I knew I had to prepare for a big year because we have a great deal of talent on this team,” said Bojanovsky. “I have worked really hard on every aspect of my game – physical conditioning, shooting and playing defense – but my teammates and my coaches have helped me become a more confident person. That’s the biggest thing; I believe I can compete with the best players in the ACC in every game we play.”
Throughout his 114-game career as a Seminole, Bojanovsky has proven to be one of the most dominant shot blockers in school history and one of the top blocked shot artists in the ACC in the last four seasons. He enters Saturday’s game against Clemson with 156 career blocked shots and will almost certainly finish his career ranked among the top three shot blockers in school history. As a sophomore, he ranked fourth in the ACC with a career-high 1.9 blocked shots per game. As a junior he ranked seventh in the ACC with a 1.3 blocked shots per game average.
While Bojanovsky remembers countless big moments in his career including his near school record seven blocked shots in a victory over UMass during his sophomore season, the Seminoles’ victories over Florida in each of the last two seasons or playing in two postseason tournaments during his career, his most vivid memory of his career wasn’t a blocked shot – rather a last second basket that gave the Seminoles a victory over Maryland in the 2014 ACC Tournament.
“Every field goal is worth two points but that was a great experience that is going to stay with me for my entire career,” said Bojanovsky about his buzzer beating dunk that gave the Seminoles the 67-66 victory and advanced Florida State to the quarterfinals of the 2014 ACC Tournament. “I will remember that basket forever not because it was a basket by me but because it gave my team a victory over a really good Maryland team and allowed us to advance in the ACC Tournament.”
Though he is nearly 5,000 miles away from his family in the Slovak Republic, Bojanovsky is one of the most popular students on campus and, as a co-captain of the 2015-16 Seminoles, one of the most respected players on the Florida State roster.
“Boris has fit into the university community and into our basketball team from day one,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “He is an extremely intelligent person and is a great youngster to be around. Boris has worked hard to improve throughout his career and has a bright future ahead of him.”
Bojanovsky, who grew up playing soccer, is from a small village of 2,000 people about 30 minutes from Bratislava in the Slovak Republic. With a basketball background and a degree from Florida State in international affairs (he will graduate in May 2016) he wants to continue his basketball career before entering the professional business world.
“Hopefully I can continue to play basketball for a long time,” said Bojanovsky. “I want to use my degree to be a diplomat or have my own business. I might like to pursue a career in international trade. I have studied that subject while at Florida State and that would be an interesting career to get into after basketball.”
There is a lot of basketball for Bojanovsky to play and many things he wants to accomplish this season at Florida State. With the Seminoles’ 18-game ACC schedule, the ACC tournament and postseason play ahead of the team, the 7-3 center has more shots to block and more points to score before becoming an international star.