Sept. 24, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Four members of Florida State’s 2002-03 men’s basketball team – guards Todd Galloway, Marcell Haywood and Andrew Wilson and center Mike Mathews – have been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Team. The Seminoles were the only team in the league with more than two players named as five of the nine conference schools had at least one player named to the 10-man team.
The Seminoles’ success in the naming of the ACC All-Academic men’s basketball team continued a strong academic trend under second-year head coach Leonard Hamilton. Three Seminole seniors have received their degrees while playing for Hamilton, who graduated 28 of his 31 seniors (90.3 percent) while the head coach at Miami from 1991-2000. In addition, all five of the Seminoles’ current seniors are on track to receive, or have received, their undergraduate degrees.
In addition to their success on the All-Academic men’s basketball team, the Seminole men’s basketball team had six players named to the 2003 ACC Honor Roll – more than any other team in the ACC.
Galloway, a political science major, finished first on the Seminoles and 10th in the ACC in assists with a 3.3 assists per game average during his inaugural collegiate season. He became only the third freshman in school history to lead the Seminoles in assists, joining only Delvon Arrington (6.0 apg, 1998-99) and Tony William (3.9 apg, 1981-82) as freshmen assists leaders.
Haywood earned his undergraduate degree in information studies in May of 2002 and earned his master’s degree in the same subject this past August. He played in 14 games as a graduate student during the 2002-03 season and played in 48 games over the course of his three-year career.
Wilson is a sport management major who has missed the majority of the last two seasons because of injuries. He returns for his fourth year as a member of the Florida State men’s basketball team after having played only six games in the last two years and 36 in his first three years. Wilson played in only five games during the 2002-03 season after injuring his wrist during the fifth game of the season against Miami and missing the final 24 games because of the injury.
Mathews earned his undergraduate degree is sports management in August and is currently taking advanced classes in the same subject as he plays his fourth year as a member of the men’s basketball team. He became only the second men’s basketball player in Florida State and ACC history to enter school as a partial qualifier, graduate in four years and earn back his fourth year of playing eligibility. Because he did not meet NCAA regulations as a full academic qualifier when he first arrived at Florida State as a freshman he had to sit out his first competitive season. Now that he has earned his undergraduate degree, he will play as one of five seniors on the Seminole men’s basketball team during the 2003-04 season.
Florida State opens its season Nov. 21 as it plays host to the University of Maine in the Leon Country Civic Center. The Seminoles will play an exciting 17-game schedule and play host to the like of Ole Miss, Northwestern, Duke, North Carolina, Maryland and Wake Forest.
2002-03 ACC All-Academic Men’s Basketball Team
Todd Galloway, Florida State
Marcell Haywood, Florida State
Mike Mathews, Florida State
Andrew Wilson, Florida State
Julian Betko, Clemson
Nick Horvath, Duke
Will Johnson, North Carolina
Marvin Lewis, Georgia Tech
Shawan Robinson, Clemson
Jason Rogers, Virginia