July 30, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
With the month of August already here and the official start of practice less than 75 days away, the Florida State basketball team is working hard on the court, the weight room and in the class room in preparation for the upcoming season. Catch up on the performances of a trio of Seminoles in the NBA’s Summer Pro League and get a few insights into the 2005-06 schedule in this week’s Florida State basketball report.
WAFER AND HARVEY LEAD LAKERS SUMMER LEAGUE TEAM
Von Wafer and Trevor Harvey led the Los Angeles Lakers summer league team to a 5-3 record in the 36th annual Summer Pro League in Lon Beach California. After losing their first game of the eight-game week, Wafer and Harvey led the Lakers to four consecutive victories and to the top of team standings. The Lakers competed against the summer league teams from the Memphis Grizzlies, the Miami Heat, the Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors along with a number of other teams consisting of free agent players. Wafer was one of the Lakers’ standout players as he averaged 12.8 points and 2.2 rebounds during league play. He scored his event-best of 29 points against Memphis and scored in double figures five times in five games. Wafer returned to score 22 points against Memphis later in the week as he made five of his last seven 3-point field goal attempts.
PICKETT A STANDOUT FOR RAPTORS SUMMER LEAGUE TEAM
Seminole All-American Tim Pickett averaged 12.8 points and 3.8 rebounds for the Toronto Raptors summer league team in the Minnesota Summer League. He was the Raptors second leading scorer, a starter in all five games during the event and shot a team leading 41 percent from the 3-point line as the team finished with a 2-3 record. Pickett scored his tournament-high of 18 points against Minnesota and totaled 15 against Houston and 14 against Milwaukee as he scored in double figures in three of five games. He made 13 of 15 free throws to rank second on the team with an 87 percent free throw mark and had six steals.
EXCITING SLATE OF GAMES SCHEDULED FOR TALLAHASSEE IN 2005-06
Seminole fans will see Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech but will not see Wake Forest, NC State or the aforementioned Boston College Eagles in Tallahassee this winter.
A START ON THE SEMINOLES’ 2005-06 SCHEDULE
A Pair of games on the Seminoles’ schedule have already been announced. Games that have already been announced are against Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 29 at home and against Nebraska in the Orange Bowl Classic on Dec. 31. The game against the Huskers is at the Home Depot Center in Sunrise, Fla.
SEMINOLE SCHEDULE TIDBITS
The Seminoles’ upcoming schedule includes seven games against teams that played in the NCAA Tournament and seven against tams that played in the NIT in 2005. Six of those games against NCAA Tournament participants will be played in the confines of the Donald L. Tucker Center.
TAR HEELS AND BLUE DEVILS COME TO TALLAHASSEE IN 2005-06
North Carolina and Duke will both make appearances in Tallahassee this season. The Tar Heels and Blue Devils are among the eight ACC teams who play in the Donald L. Tucker Center this winter. The Seminoles have defeated North Carolina twice in the last four meetings at home and have defeated the Blue Devils twice at home since the 2002 season.
SEMINOLES MAKE FIRST TRIP TO BOSTON COLLEGE
Florida State will make its first ever trip to Chestnut Hill to play Boston College – the ACC’s newest member. Fans waiting for the Eagles to come to Tallahassee will have to wait for next season as Florida State and BC only play once during the regular season
THE 2006 ACC TOURNAMENT – AND BEYOND
The annual ACC Tournament is scheduled for March 9-12 in Greensboro. It is a four-day event with the five through 12 seeds playing four games on Thursday for the right to face the top four seeds in the quarterfinals on Friday. The ACC Championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Sunday the 12th. Remember that the 2007 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played in Tampa, Fla.