July 8, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
In a week when the ACC Officially expanded to 12 teams with the addition of Boston College and NBA summer league play began with three Florida State players vying for roster spots in the league, the Seminole players and coaches continued their preparation for the upcoming season. With the beginning of practice on Oct. 15 less than 100 days away and the coaching staff on the road during the July recruiting period, the beginning of the 2005-06 season will be here quickly.
BOSTON COLLEGE OFFICIALLY BECOMES A MEMBER OF THE ACC
On July 1, the ACC Officially became a 12-team conference as Boston College became a member of the league. It marks the fifth time the league has expanded since it began in 1953. Commissioner John Swofford has now built the ACC into a true Atlantic Coast Conference one that stretches itself from state of Massachusetts to the tip of the state of Florida in Miami. The ACC was founded on May 8, 1953 with seven original members Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina and Wake Forest. Virginia became the eighth member in December of 1953. The first and only withdrawal from the conference came in with South Carolina left the league in 1971. The league expanded to eight teams once again as Georgia Tech joined the league in 1978. Georgia Tech had been serving as an independent for nearly 15 years after it has withdrawn from the Southeastern Conference in 1964. The ACC expanded to nine members as Florida State joined the ACC on July 1, 1991. The Seminoles came to the ACC from the Metro Conference after having withdrawn from the conference earlier in 1991. The Seminole men’s basketball team won the final Metro Conference championship before leaving to join the ACC. The conference expanded to 11 members on July 1, 2004 when Miami and Virginia Tech became members.
SEMINOLES SUCCESSFUL IN EXPANSION YEARS
On the basketball-side of the ledger, Florida State has been very successful against expansion teams in expansion years. The Seminoles won their first ever ACC game when it joined the conference as it defeated No. 5 ranked North Carolina in the famous Whine and Cheese game in Chapel Hill. Florida State had an 11-5 record in their first year in the conference.
NBA SUMMER LEAGUES BEGIN WITH THREE SEMINOLES ON ROSTERS
With the NBA Draft now over and summer league basketball beginning to heat up, the Seminoles will be well represented around the country as former players look to make their dreams come true by playing professional basketball. Von Wafer, who was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in last week’s draft, will begin his professional career playing for the Lakers’ summer league team in the Summer Pro League in Long Beach, California. The league begins play July 8 and runs through the July 23. Trevor Harvey, a center for the Seminoles’ 2002 and 2003 teams, joins Wafer as a member of the Lakers’ summer league team in the SPL. Harvey averaged 6.3 points per game and shot 58 percent from the field during his 57-game Seminole career. He was in camp with the New York Knicks last season. Seminole fan favorite Tim Pickett will look to earn a roster spot with Shaquille O’Neal and Dwayne Wade as he begins summer league play with the Miami Heat. Pickett and the Heat will also play in the Summer Pro League in California and will meet the Lakers’ summer league team next week.
FLORIDA STATE AND THE 100-POINT SCORING MARK
Florida State has scored at least 100 points in a game in 129 games during the history of the program. The Seminoles most recently reached the century mark for points scored in a 101-57 victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 21, 2004. The Seminoles’ single-season school record for 100-point games in a single season in 10 during 1989 season;
PICKETT AND MCCLOUD ARE FLORIDA STATE’S LONG RANGE BOMBERS
Only two players in school history George McCloud and Tim Pickett have made more than 100 3-point field goals in a single season in Seminole history. McCloud made a single-season school record 115 during the 1989 season while Pickett made 110 in 2004. Both McCloud and Pickett were All-League First-Team selections in the years they made more than 100 3-point field goals in a season.
DOBARD IS THE SEMINOLES’ SINGLE-SEASON BLOCK MASTER
Rodney Dobard is the only player in school history to block 100 or more shots during a single season. The mammoth center blocked a single-season school record 111 shots during the 1993 season as the Seminoles advanced to the elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament only one win from the second final four in school history.