July 1, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
It may not feel like basketball season in Florida State but as the beginning of practice on Oct. 15 inched closer, the Seminoles earned their share of headlines nationally, throughout the state and locally in one of the most exciting weeks of the off-season. Von Wafer left Florida State as he became the 35th Seminole drafted into the NBA, guard Toney Douglas arrived at Florida State and will begin playing for the Seminoles during the 2006-07 season and workouts for the current players continued along with the beginning of the second session of summer school.
WITH THE 39TH PICK IN THE 2005 NBA DRAFT…
…The Los Angeles Lakers selected Von Wafer of Florida State University. Wafer became the second Seminole in as many years to hear his name called on draft night and only the 12th player in school history to be selected in the first or second round of the NBA Draft. Wafer was the ninth pick of the second round and one of nine ACC players to realize his life-long dream of being selected to play in the NBA. He averaged 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals during his sophomore season at Florida State. He led the team and ranked tenth in the ACC with a career-high 65 3-point field goals made and a career-high .396 shooting percentage from long range. Wafer’s 65 3-point field goals rank third all-time among Seminole sophomores while his 164 3-point field goal attempts ranked second among sophomores in school history;
HAMILTON’S HISTORY IN THE NBA DRAFT
Von Wafer became the 19th Leonard Hamilton-coached player selected in the NBA Draft. Wafer joins Tim Pickett, who was the 44th overall selection in the 2004 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets, as Seminoles who have been selected in the last two seasons. Wafer and Pickett are the first Seminoles to be picked in consecutive seasons since Charlie Ward (1994 by the New York Knicks) and Bob Sura (1995 by the Cleveland Cavaliers) during the mid 90’s. Wafer is the 35th Seminole to earn draft status in the history of the program;
SEMINOLES / LAKERS DRAFT HISTORY
Von Wafer became the third Seminole selected by the Lakers in the history of the draft. Tony Jackson was taken by the Lakers in the fourth round of the 1980 draft while Elvis Rolle was taken by the Lakers in the second round of the 1981 draft. Former Seminole Irv Thomas signed as a free agent with the Lakers and played two seasons in Los Angeles (1990 and 1991) during his professional career.
SEMINOLES’ NBA DRAFT HISTORY
There have been 35 Seminoles taken in the NBA draft since Dave Fedor first heard his named called by Philadelphia in the third round of the 1962 NBA Draft. Fedor was the 25th overall pick in the draft and played two seasons with the San Francisco Warriors. Dave Cowens was the first Seminole to be selected in the first round as he was the fourth overall selection in the 1970 draft by the Boston Celtics. Cowens played for 11 years with the Celtics before closing out his playing career with the Milwaukee Bucks. George McCloud, the seventh overall selection of the Indiana Pacers in 1989, was the Seminoles first lottery selection. He played in the NBA until 2002 when he finished his career with the Washington Wizards. McCloud and Cowens were the first two top-10 picks in the NBA Draft in school history;
AMAZING RUN OF FIRST ROUND SELECTIONS FOR FLORIDA STATE
In an amazing runs of first round draft selections, a total of four Seminoles were selected in the first round of the draft each season from 1993 through 1995. In 1993, Douglas Edwards to Atlanta, and Sam Cassell, to Houston; in 1994, Charlie Ward to the New York Knicks, and in 1995 Bob Sura to the Cleveland Cavaliers, were all first round selections. The four players were members of the 1992-93 Florida State team that advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.
SEMINOLES IN CONSECUTIVE NBA DRAFTS
Von Wafer’s selection in the 2005 NBA Draft combined with Tim Pickett’s selection by the Now Orleans in 2004 marks the first time since the 1994 and 1995 seasons that at least one Seminole has been drafted in back-to-back years. Tim Pickett was selected by the New Orleans Hornets in 2004 in the second round with the 44th overall selection. The last time Seminoles were drafted in consecutive years was in 1994 and 1995 with Ward and Sura moving up to the next level.
DOUGLAS SIGNS GRANT-IN-AID TO ATTEND FLORIDA STATE
Toney Douglas, who earned Freshman All-America honors at Auburn University this past season, has signed a Grant-In-Aid to attend Florida State University and play basketball for the Seminoles and Leonard Hamilton. He will sit out the upcoming 2005-06 season and have three seasons of eligibility remaining when he begins playing for the Seminoles at the start of the 2006-07 season. Douglas has enrolled in school and began taking classes at Florida State earlier this week. Douglas averaged 16.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals as a freshman for the Tigers during the 2004-05 season. Douglas (6-1, 190 lbs) was named to the Freshman All-America Third-Team and All-SEC Third-Team as he ranked fourth in the conference in scoring while shooting .424 from the field, .373 from 3-point range and .789 from the free throw line. The Jonesboro, Ga., native became only the fourth freshman in school history to earn All-SEC honors along with Charles Barkley, Mike Mitchell and Eddie Johnson. Douglas was also named to the SEC All-Freshman team in a vote by the league’s 12 head coaches and was an NABC All-District 6 Second-Team selection. Douglas scored his career-high of 38 points a pulled down 10 rebounds against Nicholls State and led the Tigers in scoring 15 times in 31 games during his only season at Auburn. He scored 33 points against Virginia of the ACC as he led the Tigers to the near upset of the No. 24 ranked Tigers on Dec. 3, 2004. Toney scored 30 points three times, totaled at least 20 points 12 times and was named the Most Valuable Player of the San Juan Shootout as he led the Tigers to a runner-up finish in the event.
MIMS STREAKING FROM THE LINE AS 2005-06 APPROACHES
Sophomore Ralph Mims has made 14 consecutive free throws entering the 2005-06 season. He has not missed from the line since Dec. 21 against Jacksonville and went the final 21 games of the season without missing from the line. Mims was a perfect 11 of 11 from the free throw line against ACC competition as a freshman;
GALLOWAY IS THE SEMINOLES’ IRONMAN
Senior Todd Galloway has played in 93 consecutive games entering the 2005-06 season. He has never missed a game during his collegiate career and is the only current Seminole to play in every game of the Leonard Hamilton era. In addition, he begins the season having started 31 consecutive games – every game during the 2004-05 season.
WILSON PILING UP THE MINUTES
Senior Andrew Wilson has played in double figures minutes in 49 consecutive games entering the 2005-06 season. He has played in at least 10 minutes in ever game since Jan. 13, 2004. Wilson has started 45 of the last 48 games and has played in 99 games during his Seminoles career.
WILSON ENTERING HIS SIXTH SEASON
Senior Andrew Wilson enters the 2005-06 season having played at least one game in each of the last five seasons. He is looking to become the first player in ACC history to play in at least one game in six seasons as an ACC basketball player.
THORNTON SCORING IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Junior All-ACC candidate Al Thornton has scored in double figures in five of his last six games and is averaging 14.5 points during that stretch. During the last two weeks of the season – when he led the team in scoring – he raised his scoring average to nearly 10 points per game for the season and is the Seminoles’ leading returning scorer heading into the 2005-06 season.