Dec. 13, 2004
Chuck Graham was a key role player for the Seminoles back in their heyday of the early 1990’s while Rodney Dobard led the Seminoles to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 1992 and 1993. Both Florida State greats are remembered in this edition of “A Seminole Retrospective.”
Chuck Graham was a key role player for the Seminoles back in their heyday of the early 1990’s. Even though the others may have grabbed the headlines during those runs, Graham was quietly putting together a great career.
Had it not been for a season-ending knee injury three minutes into his senior season, Graham would have been one of the driving forces on the 1992-93 team and may have helped Florida State advance further into the NCAA Tournament.
Of all the great players on the back-to-back NCAA Tournament teams of 1992 and 1993, Graham ranks third on the career scoring charts with 1,338 career points. He scored over 300 points in each of his first three seasons, including 391 his junior season. He rebounded from the knee injury to post 282 points in 1993-94 after getting a medical redshirt.
The 6-foot-3 guard was a threat to score from anywhere on the court, but he made his living behind the three-point line. Graham is one of a host of Seminoles to notching a perfect shooting percentage behind the arc. While Bob Sura and Charlie Ward got more notoriety for their defense, Graham was known to pick a pocket or two on the court himself. On February 6, 1994, against Virginia he broke into the top-ten on the single-game charts with six swipes.
On the career honor roll, the Augusta, Ga. native is ninth with 115 career three-pointers, while his 34.5 percentage from behind the arc is 14th. Graham’s longevity at Florida State is evident with his 118 career games played, rating him sixth in school history.
During Florida State’s NCAA Tournament runs, everyone knew the names Bob Sura, Sam Cassell and Charlie Ward, but their play on the perimeter wouldn’t have been possible without someone in the middle. The man controlling the paint back in the early 90’s was Rodney Dobard. For four seasons, Dobard was the force inside for the Seminoles, including during back-to-back runs at the NCAA Tournament in 1992 and 1993.
Commonly seen on the highlight reel for his acrobatic dunks in transition or on the put-back, Dobard is Florida State’s career-leader with 122 games played. He holds the Seminole single-season and career records with 111 blocks and 240, respectively. The Delray Beach, Fla. native was so dominate in the paint on defense that the next closest player on the career block charts is 43 rejections behind.
On the single-season charts, not only does Dobard have the top spot, but he also has three of the top ten best single-season performances. Only three other players in school history have dominated a single category like Dobard with Dave Cowens holding three of top four single-season rebounding marks and Murray Brown with three of the top seven field goal percentage marks.
Dobard’s prowess wasn’t limited to just the defensive end of the court as he put up strong numbers on teams that featured three NBA draft picks. The 6-foot-9 forward ranks 32nd in school history with 1,058 points scored, putting him ahead of All-American Tim Pickett. Dobard is fourth in school history with his career field goal percentage of .601, while his 62.4 percent (138-of-221) in 1991-92 is the sixth-highest single season mark.