Nov. 1, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Four former Florida State University men’s basketball players were listed on the NBA’s 2000-01 opening day rosters when regular season play began Tuesday night. The Seminoles are one of six Atlantic Coast Conference teams with at least four former players currently in the league. There are 56 players from the ACC listed on opening day NBA rosters.
Florida State is represented in the NBA by all-stars Sam Cassell (Guard, Milwaukee), George McCloud (forward, Denver), Bob Sura (Guard, Golden State) and Charlie Ward (Guard, New York).
Cassell, who played at Florida State in 1992 and 1993, played on two NCAA Tournament teams and still ranks sixth in school history with 153 steals. He is in his third season with Milwaukee after earning two world championship rings during his first two years in the NBA as a member of the Houston Rockets. Cassell scored his career-high of 34 points against Washington on April 15, 2000 and was named the NBA Player of the Week on Nov. 8, 1999.
McCloud was a Seminole letterman from 1986-89 and scored 1,574 career points and still ranks seventh all-time on the school’s career scoring list. He averaged 13.5 points per game during his Florida State career. McCloud, who was the runner-up for the league’s Most Improved Player award in 1996, is in his second season as a member of the Nuggets. He averaged 10.1 points per game during his first season in Denver.
Sura, Florida State’s most prolific scorer with 2,130 career points, was a four-year varsity letterwinner from 1992-95. He averaged 17.9 points and 6.0 rebounds during his 119-game Seminole career. Sura is in his sixth season is the league (his first as a member of the Golden State Warriors) after spending his first five seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged a career-high 13.8 points and led the Cavaliers in 3-point field goals made last season.
Ward, the most decorated athlete in school history, earned four letters in basketball from 1991-94. He is still the all-time career leader in steals with 236 and ranks sixth in career assists with 396. Ward helped lead the Knicks to the NBA Championship series as he averaged 7.3 points and 4.2 assists last season.