Nov. 5, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Christmas usually doesn’t come until December but the Florida State men’s basketball team got one of its gifts a little early this year.
After earning his undergraduate degree in sports management this past summer, Delvon Arrington was granted another season in a Seminole uniform.
Arrington, a native of Hillside, N.J., has started for the Seminoles for the last three seasons after sitting out his first year in Tallahassee because he did not qualify academically to participate as a freshman. Citing NCAA rule 126.96.36.199, Florida State asked for and received the fourth year of collegiate eligibility for Arrington. Arrington was granted an additional year of eligibility and returns as the starting point guard for the 2001-02 Seminole men’s basketball team. He completed requirements for his bachelor’s degree in sports management following the first session of summer school at Florida State. In doing so he is the first men’s basketball player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to enter school as a partial qualifier, earn his bachelor’s degree in four years, and earn his fourth year of eligibility back.
As a senior, Arrington is now in graduate school at Florida State pursuing a master’s degree in sports management. Just as he moved to the next level academically, he hopes to step up his game on the court.
“I want to prove that Florida State is a great basketball team and that we are among the best,” he said. “We sometimes are our own enemy and if we believe in ourselves we can accomplish our goals this season.”
Arrington has very high expectations and looks for a more productive season this year from the team and himself.
Arrington attributes a lot of his success to Robinson.
“He has made me into a fully developed point guard,” Arrington said. “I may not have received the proper guidance in another system or under another coach. He has polished my basketball skills and I thank him for that.”
Arrington uses his experiences with coach Robinson as a daily learning experience. He says that Robinson has helped him refine his skills and assisted him in adjusting to basketball on the Division I level. During his four years in Tallahassee, Arrington has grown up and matured with Robinson’s guidance. His experiences as a member of the Seminoles’ basketball team are irreplaceable as he goes forward in basketball and life.
As a three-year starter on the basketball team, he has established himself as a leader on the court. He has become consistent and well rounded as a player and hopes this season will be a successful final chapter to his collegiate career.
He enters his fourth and final year close to breaking a number of school records – something he is very proud of. His hard work is paying off as his career shakes up the Florida State men’s basketball record book.
Arrington enters the 2002 season ranked third on Florida State’s all-time assist list and only needs 97 to become the all-time Seminole leader. In front of him is Otto Petty, the current school leader, at 602 career assists and Tony Jackson, who is ranked second with 550. He also is ranked sixth in school history with 159 career steels.
In addition to Robinson, Arrington knows he owes a lot of his success to his teammates and their hard work.
“My teammates will dictate how far I go and to what success I will have statistically this season,” said Arrington. “I feel like if I can get the ball to my teammates they can finish the play. With the help of my teammates, I know I can reach some milestones. Breaking records is going to be very big for me before I leave the school, but it is not the biggest thing. Winning as a team is.
“I hope to help my team and my teammates be successful. If we are all successful, then everything else will fall into place.”
His senior status also brings with it the challenge of teaching the Seminoles’ newcomers. This is a task Arrington recognizes and accepts. This season, he hopes to serve as a coach on the floor as the team prepares itself for the upcoming season. He understands that preparation and practice are vital in improving along with his teammates.
Hopefully, Arrington can teach his Seminole teammates that Christmas can come more than once a year and not necessarily only in December.
By Kory Greene
Sports Information Student Assistant