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Florida State’s History In The NBA Draft

June 25, 2009




TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State All-American Toney Douglas is expected to by selected in the 2009 NBA Draft which is scheduled for June 25 at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Douglas, who led the ACC in scoring in 2009, earned All-American Third Team honors, was the ACC Player of the Year Runner-Up, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and an All-ACC First Team selection as a senior in 2009. He led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament (Florida State was the No. 5 seed in the East Region) and into the ACC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history during his senior season.

As the 2009 NBA Draft gets underway, listed below is the Seminoles’ NBA Draft history:

* Florida State has had at least one player selected in four of the last five NBA Drafts. All-ACC guard Tim Pickett was a second round selection of the New Orleans Hornets in 2004, guard Von Wafer was a second round selection of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005, forward Alexander Johnson was the second round selection of the Indianapolis Pacers in 2006 and All-American forward Al Thornton was the first round pick of the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007.

* Florida State has had eight players drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft since All-American Dave Cowens was the fourth overall selection of the Boston Celtics in 1970. Also selected in the first round of the NBA Draft were: Mitchell Wiggins (by Indiana in 1983), George McCloud (by Indiana in 1989), Douglas Edwards (by Atlanta in 1993), Sam Cassell (by Houston in 1993), Charlie Ward (by the New York Knicks in 1994), Bob Sura (by Cleveland in 1995) and Al Thornton (by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007).

* With four Seminoles having been selected in four of the last five NBA Drafts, Florida State is one of only three teams in the ACC with at least four players selected in the last five NBA Drafts. Only North Carolina (with seven selections) and Duke (with six selections) have more NBA Draft choices since 2004 than Florida State.

* Since 2004, Florida State is one of the 11 of the 12 current ACC members who has had at least one player selected in the NBA Draft. Only two teams (Duke and North Carolina) have had more players taken in the last five NBA Drafts. The Seminoles are ranked third with four picks while Boston College, NC State and Georgia Tech have had three players picked, Maryland has had two while Miami, Virginia and Virginia Tech have had one player selected in the NBA Draft in the last four years.

ACC In The NBA Draft Since 2004
Rank    Team               Picks      Last in 1st Round
1.      North Carolina     7          Brandon Wright, 2007
2.      Duke               6          Sheldon Williams and J.J. Redick, 2006
3.      Florida State      4          Al Thornton, 2007
4.      Boston College     3          Jared Dudley, Sean Williams, 2007
        Georgia Tech       3          Thaddeus Young, Javaris Crittenton, 2007
        NC State           3          J.J. Hickson, 2008
7.      Maryland           2          Steve Blake, 2003
8.      Miami              1          John Salmons, 2002 (recruited by Leonard Hamilton)
        Virginia           1          Corey Alexander, 1995
        Virginia Tech      1          Dell Curry, 1986
        Wake Forest        1          Chris Paul, 2005

* Florida State is one of only six teams in the ACC with a first round draft choice in the last three NBA Drafts. All-American Al Thornton was the 14th overall selection in the first round of the 2007 Draft. Only Florida State, Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and NC State have had at least one player drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft since 2006.

* When he became a Draft Lottery selection as the 14th overall section of the first round by the Los Angeles Clippers, Al Thornton became only the second lottery selection in Florida State basketball history. George McCloud was the first Seminole ever picked in the lottery – he was the seventh overall selection of the Indianapolis Pacers in 1989.

* Florida State’s first player selected in the NBA Draft was Dave Fedor in 1962. He was selected in the third round with the 25th overall selection by Philadelphia. Since Fedor’s selection in 1962, a total of 39 Seminoles have been picked in the NBA Draft.

* Florida State University head coach Leonard Hamilton has had 43 of his players selected in the NBA Draft. He has had four of his players at Florida State drafted along with five of his players at Miami, three at Oklahoma State, 29 of his players at Kentucky and one at Austin Peay.

* Florida State has had at least one player selected by 16 different NBA teams (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee, New York Knicks, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento) but has never had a player selected by 14 teams (Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Orlando, Miami, Charlotte, Memphis, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma State, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah, Washington).

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