April 27, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– –
Three members of last year’s Florida State men’s basketball team which defeated No. 1 ranked and previously undefeated Duke, 77-76, Jan, 6 and one who played on the Seminoles’ 1998 NCAA Tournament team received the bachelor’s degrees at commencement exercises held at the Leon County Civic Center. David Anderson, Antwuan Dixon and Marcell Haywood all played on the last Seminole team while Ronald Thompson, who earned varsity letters in 1998 and 1999, celebrated the end of the undergraduate academic careers at a university-wide ceremony in the same building where they all played collegiate basketball.
Anderson (Lamar, Colo.) earned his undergraduate degree in history and will begin attending law school in the fall. Anderson finished his three-year Seminole career ranked 13th in blocked shots with 55. He blocked a single-game career-high six shots against Duke and blocked a single-season career-high 43 shots as a sophomore.
Dixon (Marietta, Ga.) received his undergraduate degree in sociology. Dixon finished his career ranked 11th in school history with a .342 shooting percentage from 3-point range, 12th with 83 career 3-point field goals made and 13th with 243 career 3-point shot attempts. He begins his professional career with the St. Joseph’s Express of the United States Basketball League after today’s graduation ceremonies.
Haywood (Plantation, Fla.) earned is undergraduate degree in information systems and will play for the Seminoles next season as a graduate student. Haywood played in 25 games and averaged nearly six minutes played per game this past season.
Thompson (Savannah, Ga.) received his undergraduate degree in sports management. Thompson earned two varsity letters for the Seminoles men’s basketball team in 1997 and 1998 and was a member of Florida State’s 1998 NCAA Tournament team.