The Florida State men's basketball team's 2011-12 season doesn't start for another five months but that didn't stop Leonard Hamilton's program from making headlines Wednesday afternoon.
The announcement that former Arkansas starting point guard Jeff Peterson will be transferring to FSU with one year of immediate-eligibility playing time still left is big news. Not necessarily because of his scoring or ball-distributing ability, but because of his leadership and experience.
Peterson, who averaged 6.3 ppg and 2.4 apg last season at Arkansas, doesn't have gaudy eye-popping stats but he makes up for it with his character.
As a team coming off a Sweet 16 appearance that lost its best player (Chris Singleton) and top floor leader (Derwin Kitchen), that's a good thing.
Peterson will have the opportunity to step right in and compete for the starting job with rising sophomore Ian Miller and fellow final-year man Luke Luocks. Should he win that job, a two-senior rotation at the point isn't a bad thing and Miller will have the added bonus of blossoming into the superstar many expect him to be while learning from a player like Peterson, who has excelled both on the court and in the classroom.
FSU still has the tall task of replacing Singleton but Wednesday's addition of Peterson certainly made the program stronger than it was a day earlier.