March 24, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University men’s basketball team will be honored at its annual team banquet Tuesday, April 13, 2004 at the University Center Club on the FSU Campus. Head coach Leonard Hamilton and the entire Seminole team will be honored. The Seminoles won honor graduating seniors Orenn Fells, Emanuel Gordon, Nate Johnson, Michael Joiner, Mike Mathews and Tim Pickett.
The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner and awards at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $35 per person or $350 for a table of 10. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Brooke Etzell in the men’s basketball office at (850) 644-1461 or (866) 661-1052.
Florida State won 19 games and advanced to the second round of the NIT. During the season, the Seminoles claimed victories over four ranked teams – Maryland, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech – all of who played in the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles barely missed making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998 with its 18-12 regular season record.
Florida State defeated five teams who played in the post season this year – Maryland, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech and Virginia who participated in the NIT.
Hamilton, who graduated 28 of his 31 seniors players during his ten-year career at the University of Miami, has continued that tradition during his tenure at Florida State. Included in a group of 57 Seminole student athletes who are scheduled to graduate this spring are six seniors on Hamilton’s men’s basketball team this season.
Johnson, Joiner, Mathews, Fells and Pickett will all graduate this spring. Mathews previously earned his degree (August of 2003) and has been taking post-graduate classes while playing for the Seminoles this season. Joiner was on track to graduate last fall but saved his one final required class – Politics in Europe – for this semester and will walk with his class during graduation ceremonies here in the Civic Center in late April. Guard Andrew Wilson, who has been in school for four years, and endured two medical redshirt years, will earn his undergraduate degree in sport management and will begin taking post graduate classes this summer. The men’s basketball team will be a perfect four-of-four in scholarship seniors earning their degrees under Hamilton.