October 12, 2009 - by
Jam With Coach Ham

Oct. 12, 2009

Celebrate the beginning of the college basketball season as head coach Leonard Hamilton and the Seminole basketball team play host to the inaugural “Jam With Coach Ham – Takin it Back To Tully” season opening practice – open to the public – on Friday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m. in Tully Gymnasium on the Florida State campus.

The event marks the first day of official practice for a squad that returns eight lettermen and three starters from a memorable 2008-09 campaign.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a Fan Fest area with games and activities for kids, students, and adults. Free t-shirts, a kid’s slam station, hip-hop dancing, circus acts, Florida State Cheerleaders, Golden Girls, Seminole Sound and much more will be available for fans in attendance.

At 7:00 p.m. the Florida State men’s basketball team will take the same court the team called home from 1956-81. The last game the Seminoles played at Tully Gymnasium was on February 21, 1981 when they defeated cross-town foe Florida A&M 92-79. The following season marked the first year that Florida State played in what is now known as the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles’ 1972 national runner-up team played all of their home games in Tully Gym.

Jam with Coach Ham, presented by ABC-27 HD, will provide fans their first opportunity to take a look at the 2009-10 team. The Seminoles will hold a team scrimmage, 3-point shootout and dunk contest.

Florida State has high expectations, coming off their first-ever ACC Championship game appearance and their first NCAA Tournament bid in ten years. The Seminoles finished the 2008-09 season with a 25-10 overall record and ranked No. 16 in the final AP poll.

The Seminoles will open the 2009-10 season with an exhibition against Delta State on November 3, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Donald L. Tucker Center. Their first regular-season game will take place on November 16, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. when they host Jacksonville.

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