Nov. 6, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Head coach Steve Robinson, the Florida State University men’s basketball team, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Seminole Boosters will host the annual basketball tip-off dinner on Nov. 15 in the ballroom of the University Center Club on the FSU campus. Reservations are being accepted and the public is invited to help the team begin the 2000-01 regular season. The Seminoles play host to Florida on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.
Two starters return from a Florida State squad that won nearly half of its ACC games and its first round conference tournament game for the second year in a row. In addition, Florida State was one of only four teams in the ACC to post a .500 or better record in games played on Tobacco Road (at Duke, at North Carolina, at NC State and at Wake Forest) and were one of only three teams in the conference to win at both North Carolina (Jan. 22, 76-71) and at Wake Forest (Jan. 4, 66-64)
Seniors Delvon Arrington, one of the pre-eminent point guards in the nation, and Adrian Crawford, one of the top ball-handling shooting guards in the ACC, return as starters for Robinson’s team. Arrington has started 58 games in the last two years while Crawford is fully healed from off-season knee surgery that limited him to 15 games as a junior.
Florida State’s nucleus of athletic players includes four letterwinners who have all played at least one full season against the nation’s top competition. Led by Arrington, Crawford and junior guard Antwuan Dixon, the Seminoles’ nucleus has worked hard to return to the national prominence it has. A talented reserve corps includes sophomore forward Rodney Tucker, who played in all 29 games last season, junior center David Anderson, who ranked among the ACC leaders in blocked shots, sophomore forward Nigel Dixon, who is among the most improved players in the league and first-year player Mike Matthews will add valuable experience as backups for the resurgent Seminoles.
In addition, Florida State’s recruiting class, which ranked 13th in the nation, includes five outstanding players who will play prominent roles for the Seminoles this season. The class includes four freshmen – J.D. Bracy, Michael Joiner, Ryan Lowery, Andrew Wilson — and a junior college transfer, Monte Cummings.
Fans wishing to attend should contact Bonnie Doyle in the Seminole Booster Office at (850) 644-3035. The cost is $20 for Roundball Club members and $25 for non-members. Please be reminded that only cash or check and no credit cards will be accepted at the door on the night of the event. Fans seeking membership in the Roundball Club can also contact Doyle for further information.