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Florida State Weekly Basketball Report / June 17

June 17, 2005

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The weekly edition of the Florida State Basketball Report comes at a good time for news on the Seminole’s academic front and welcomes a new member of the staff to Tallahassee. Senior Anthony Richardson, who played in 119 games during his Seminole career, has finished his academic course work and added to head coach Leonard Hamilton’s perfect record for graduating his seniors at Florida State (12 of 12). Also newsworthy around the Basketball Training Center is the hiring of Dan Spainhour as the new Director of Operations.

RICHARDSON COMPLETES COURSE WORK; WILL WALK IN GRADUATION CEREMONIES
Senior Anthony Richardson, who completed his career as a Seminole this past season, has now completed his academic course work and will graduate in university-wide commencement exercises in August. Richardson has earned his degree in sport administration. On the court for the Seminoles Richardson was an all-around player who enjoyed as consistent career as any player who has ever played for Florida State. He finished his career tied for sixth in school history with 119 career games played – he missed only three games during his four year career and ranks 38th in school history as he scored 990 career points (8.3 points per game average). Also in the record book, Richardson ranks 11th in school history with a .772 career free throw percentage (223-289), 11th in school history with 84 career blocked shots and is one of only 11 players in school history to have blocked 80 or more career shots. Richardson also completed his career ranked 22nd in school history with 63 3-point field goals made and 19th with 207 career 3-point field goals attempted.

SPAINHOUR JOINS MEN’S BASKETBALL STAFF
Dan Spainhour, who has experience as an educator, high school director of athletics and high school basketball coach, was named the Director of Basketball Operations for the Florida State University men’s basketball team on June 16. He will be involved in the day-to-day operations of the men’s basketball office and will serve as the director of the annual Leonard Hamilton basketball camps for boys. Spainhour comes to Florida State from the world of athletic business where he founded two companies which make him very qualified for the demanding position of Director of Operations with the Seminole men’s basketball program. He created and developed Educational Coaching and Business Communications – a company that specializes in informational manuals for educators, parents, coaches and athletes – and East Coast Basketball Camps – which is now one of the largest and most renowned basketball camps in the Mid-Atlantic within the last seven years. Spainhour has also authored three books including How to Run A Basketball Camp: A Guide To Directing a Successful Camp.

SEMINOLES BLOCKED MANY SHOTS DURING THE 2004-05 SEASON
Led by returning All-Star candidate Al Thornton, the Seminoles blocked more shots than their opponents for the seventh time in the last eight years during the 2004-05 season. As a team, Florida State has blocked at least 100 shots in five of the last six and 13 of the last 15 seasons. Thornton led the Seminoles in blocked shots 11 times during his sophomore season.

SEMINOLES SUCCESSFUL WHEN LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD
Florida State is 17-2 and has won nearly 90 percent of its games when it has scored 80 or more points during the Leonard Hamilton era. The Seminoles were 5-1 and defeated No. 3 ranked Wake Forest during the 2004-05 season when they reached or surpassed the 80 points scored mark.

SEMINOLES SET SCHOOL REBOUNDING MARK AGAINST MARYLAND
Florida State pulled down 56 total rebounds against Maryland on Dec. 19, 2004. The total ranks as the highest Seminole total in an ACC game since Florida State joined the ACC for the 1991-92 season. A total of four Seminoles pulled down at least 100 rebounds each during the 2004-05. Adam Waleskowski (23 points and 10 rebounds) and Al Thornton (16 points and 13 rebounds) became only the seventh duo in school history to both earn double-double in the same game when they duplicated each others feat against Maryland in the ACC season opener for the Seminoles during the 2004-05 season against the Terps.

FLORIDA STATE FROM THE BONUSPHERE
Florida State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 227 consecutive games. The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998. Von Wafer led the Seminoles with a single-season career-high 65 3-point field goals during the 2004-05 season.

HEAD COACH Leonard Hamilton AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
With the Seminoles’ 91-83 victory over No. 3 Wake Forest on Jan. 18, 2005 at the Donald L. Tucker Center, Leonard Hamilton gained his 25th career victory over a team ranked in the nation’s top 25. The victory over the Demon Deacons was his sixth over a ranked team as the head coach at Florida State, giving him the most wins against ranked teams during the first three years of a Seminole coaches’ tenure.

HAMILTON AGAINST RANKED TEAMS AT FLORIDA STATE
Since arriving at Florida State to being the 2002-03 season, third-year head Hamilton has guided the Seminoles to six victories over ranked teams. Included in those victories are wins over No. 5 Duke during his first season, No. 7 North Carolina during his third season and No. 3 Wake Forest during his third season. He has now engineered nine victories over top 10 ranked teams during his head coaching career;

HAMILTON HAS NOW DEFEATED A NO. 1, NO. 2 AND NO. 3 RANKED TEAM DURING CAREER
For Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton, the Seminoles’ victory over No. 3 Wake Forest on Jan. 18, 2005 was the third highest ranked team he has defeated during his career. His first victory over the nation’s No. 1-ranked team came against Oklahoma on Feb. 4, 1989 as the head coach at Oklahoma State and his first victory over the nation’s No. 2 ranked team came during his tenure at Miami when the Hurricanes knocked off No. 2 ranked Connecticut during the 1999 season.

HAMILTON WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIS FIRST VICTORY OVER A RANKED TEAM
Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s first victory over a ranked team – No. 16 Iowa State – came during his first season as the head coach at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys defeated the Cyclones, 80-78, on Jan. 16, 1987. Hamilton defeated two ranked teams in his three seasons as the head coach at Oklahoma State.

HAMILTON DEFEATED 17 RANKED TEAMS AS THE HEAD COACH AT MIAMI
Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton won 17 games against ranked teams during his career at Miami. He defeated five ranked St. John’s teams and beat Georgetown, Connecticut and Syracuse twice each when they were ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams. Hamilton led the Hurricanes to a victory over a ranked Ohio State team to advance Miami to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2000.

HAMILTON AGAINST RANKED ACC TEAMS
during his first three years at Florida State, Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton has defeated six different ranked ACC teams including Duke, North Carolina and Maryland – all of whom have won national championships in the last five years.

SEMINOLE GREAT COWENS ONE OF THE NBA’S ALL-TIME BEST
Seminole All-American Dave Cowens is one of only four players from a team currently in the ACC to earn NBA Player of the Year honors during his professional career. Cowens earned the award as a member of the Boston Celtics in 1973. Only former North Carolina standouts Bob McAdoo (1975) and Michael Jordan (five times) and Wake Forest All-American Tim Duncan (2003 and 2003) are ACC men’s basketball playing alums who have been named the NBA’s best.

SURA’S DOUBLE-DOUBLE CAME IN LEAGUE PLAY
Bob Sura is one of only six players in league history to record a triple double in league play. Sura scored 19 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 12 assists against NC State during the 1994-95 season.

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