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Men’s Basketball Summer Notes

Aug. 22, 2000

Men’s Basketball Faces Florida, Minnesota At Home, Ohio State in Alaska
Florida at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, Minnesota in the second annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge and Ohio State in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout highlight Florida State University’s men’s basketball schedule as released by head coach Steve Robinson. The Seminoles could play as many as 15 regular season games against teams that participated in either the NCAA or NIT postseason tournaments last season. Florida, which lost to Michigan State in the national championship game of the 2000 NCAA Tournament, will open its and the Seminoles’ regular season on Nov. 17 at the Civic Center in a game televised on Sunshine Network. The Seminoles have defeated the Gators in three of the last five meetings between the intra-state rivals. Florida State’s game against Minnesota will mark one of eight potential games broadcast live on either ESPN or ESPN2.

Robinson Completes Basketball Staff For Upcoming Season
Florida State head men’s basketball coach Steve Robinson solidified his staff for the upcoming season with the addition of three assistants. Rob Wilkes and Stephen Giles have joined the staff as assistant coaches while Red Johnston is the new director of basketball operations. The trio joins Coleman Crawford, who has been a member of Robinson’s Seminole staff since 1997.

Robinson Approaches Century Mark
Head coach Steve Robinson, entering his sixth season as a head coach, needs only 10 victories to reach the century mark for his career. He begins the 2000-01 season with a 90-66 record (.577 winning percentage). He has guided three teams to the NCAA Tournament and has led the Seminoles to victories in consecutive ACC Tournaments over the last two seasons. Robinson has averaged 18.0 victories a season as a head coach. He was the top man at Tulsa from 1996-97 where he led the Golden Hurricane to a pair of NCAA tournament appearances.

Seminoles On Tobacco Road in 1999-00
Florida State was one of only four teams in the ACC to post a .500 or better record in games played on Tobacco Road (at Duke, at North Carolina, at NC State and at Wake Forest). The Seminoles were one of only three teams in the conference to win at both North Carolina (Jan. 22, 76-71) and at Wake Forest (Jan. 4, 66-64). Florida State was joined by only Duke (3-0 on Tobacco Road with victories at North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest), Maryland (victories at Duke and Wake Forest) and Virginia (victories at Wake Forest and North Carolina) as the most successful teams against the state of North Carolina.

Robinson Finds Success Against North Carolina
Florida State was the only ACC team to beat North Carolina in the Dean Smith Center when the Tar Heels were ranked among the nation’s top 25 last season. The Seminoles defeated then No. 21 Tar Heels, 76-71, on Jan. 22 in Chapel Hill. Robinson, who directed the Seminoles to a victory in his first game against North Carolina during the 1996-97 season, has coached three teams to the NCAA tournament in his five years as a head coach.

Turning Up The Heat On Defense
Florida State recorded the third-best field percentage defense mark of .412 in the last 28 years of the program when it held its opponents to a .412 shooting percentage from the field during the 1999-00 season. The Seminoles have allowed two of the lowest field goal percentage marks in school history during the first two years of the Steve Robinson era in Tallahassee. The Seminoles held their opponents to a .401 mark during Robinson’s first season (1997-98). Robinson’s defensive philosophy has held opponents to .430 shooting from the field (2,282-5,302) and 70.9 points per game during the first 91 games of his FSU coaching career.

Seminoles’ Top Field Goal Percentage Defense Seasons (since 1973)

Rank Year FGM-A Pct.
1. 1996-97 758-1,896 .400
2. 1997-98 766-1,881 .401
3 1999-00 656-1,591 .412

Seminoles Successful In Dialing Long Distance
Florida State finished second in the ACC during the 1999-2000 season in 3-point field goal shooting percentage with a mark of .356. It marked the fifth-highest percentage in school history and second-highest since the Seminoles joined the ACC to begin the 1991-92 season. Senior guard Delvon Arrington, who finished third on the team with a .382 3-point percentage, is Florida State’s top returning 3-point shooting threat.

Seminoles’ Top 3-Point Shooting Seasons

Rank Year 3PM-A Pct.
1. 1987-88 154-352 .437
2. 1986-87 178-428 .416
3. 1988-89 181-474 .382
4. 1994-95 211-588 .359
5. 1999-00 175-491 .356

Arrington Ranked Second In Nation In Assists
Senior All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington is ranked second in the nation in assists among all returning players with 363 career assists. He trails only Brandon Granville of Southern California who returns with 388 assists. Arrington record a career-high 182 assists as a junior and ranked second in the ACC with a 6.3 assists per game average.

Nation’s Returning Assist Leaders

Rank Player, School Class Assists
1. Brandon Granville, Southern California Jr. 388
2. Delvon Arrington, Florida State Sr. 363
3. Casey Rogers, Western Carolina Jr. 357
4. Markus Carr, Cal. State Northridge Jr. 333
5. Jamaal Tinsley, Iowa State Sr. 244

Arrington Continues Climb
Senior All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington begins the 1999-2000 season ranked seventh in school history with 363 career assists and third in school history with a 6.3 assists per game average. He is one of only two conference players who has ranked among the leagues top three in assists in each of the last two seasons. In addition, Arrington is ranked 15th in school history with 108 career steals.

Seminoles’ Career Assist List

Rank Player, Years Total Arrington Needs
1. Otto Perry, 1970-73 602 +239
2. Tony Jackson, 1976-80 550 +187
3. Tony William, 1981-84 482 +119
7. Delvon Arrington, 1999-Pr. 363

Seminoles’ Career Steals List

Rank Player, Year Total Arrington Needs
1. Charlie Ward, 1990-94 236 +128
2 Bob Sura, 1991-95 209 +101
3. Tony William, 1982-84 203 +95
15. Delvon Arrington, 1999-Pr. 108

Senior All-ACC Candidate Delvon Arrington

  • Led the Seminoles in assists (182), steals (44), minutes played (32.3) and defensive rebounds (112) during the 1999-00 season,
  • Has started 58 of 59 games during his career as Florida State’s point guard. He was the only Seminole to start all 29 games last season.

Seminoles’ Success in Leon County Civic Center
Florida State is 54-6 (.900 winning percentage) in non-conference home games at the Leon County Civic Center since the Seminoles joined the ACC to begin the 1991-92 season. In addition, the Seminoles are 38-34 (.528) in ACC home games during that nine-year span. The Seminoles have completed their home non-conference schedule undefeated five times in the last nine years. Most recently, Steve Robinson led the Seminoles to victories over No. 25 Clemson (Jan. 12, 1999, 70-64) and No. 5 Arizona (Dec. 23, 1997, 84-79) in the Leon County Civic Center. Florida State enters the 2000-01 season having won two consecutive and eight of its last ten non-conference home games.

Seminoles at Home During the ACC Era (1992-2000)

Season ACC Home Record Non-Conference Home Record
1999-00 4-4 4-2 (2 straight)
1998-99 3-5 4-2
1997-98 3-5 7-0
1996-97 5-3 8-0
1995-96 3-5 6-1
1994-95 4-4 6-0
1993-94 4-4 6-0
1992-93 7-1 6-1
1991-92 5-3 7-0
38-34 54-6

Anderson Blocking His Way To The Top

Junior David Anderson blocked a career-high 43 shots to rank sixth in the ACC during the 1999-2000 season, his first as a Seminole. His 43 blocked shots ranked as the 12th-highest single-season total in school history and is tied for second among all sophomores in school history. In addition, he ranked seventh in the ACC with a 1.5 blocked shots per game average and was ranked ninth with a 1.0 blocked shots per game average in ACC games. Anderson’s team-leading 43 blocked shots helped the Seminoles record 120 blocks, the tenth highest team total in school history last year.

Seminoles’ Recruiting Class Proclaimed One of Nation’s Best
The Florida State men’s basketball team recruiting class has been rated among the nation’s top 20 by recruiting expert Bob Gibbons. The class, which includes J.D. Bracy (Kissimmee, Fla.), Monte Cummings (Quincy, Fla.), Ryan Lowery (Gastonia, N.C.), Michael Joiner (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Andrew Wilson (Harrison, Ga.) is the highest rated class during the Steve Robinson era at Florida State. Cummings, a 6-4 shooting guard, averaged 16 points and five rebounds per game while playing at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa. A native Floridian, Cummings attended Shanks High School in Quincy, Fla., from 1997-98. Lowery comes to Florida State from Fork Union Military Academy where he averaged 19 points per game during his one season there. He will add depth at the point guard position this season. Joiner, who is ranked as the 12th-best prep player entering the collegiate ranks this season, played at 71st High School in Fayetteville, N.C., where he averaged 16 points per game as a senior. He is one of the highest rated recruits in the history of the Florida State men’s basketball program. Wilson averaged 17 points and seven rebounds as a senior at Harrison High School. His playing style has been compared to that of former All-ACC performer Matt Harpring of Georgia Tech. Bracy, a consensus top 30 recruit, averaged 27 points and eight rebounds per game at Osceola High School as a senior. Bracy is a partial qualifier who must sit out from competition this season. However, Bracy will be allowed to practice with the Seminoles throughout the entire season. Joiner and Wilson played this summer in the all-star games in their respective home states. Joiner played in the North Carolina Coaches Association’s East-West all-star while Wilson played in the Georgia Athletic Association’s North-South all-star game. Joiner scored 14 points and nine rebounds in the game and was named an academic all-star at a banquet held prior to the game in North Carolina. Wilson scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while leading his North squad to a 105-103 victory. Florida State’s recruiting class will join the Seminole veterans as practice begins for the 2000-2001 season on Oct. 14.

Robinson Goes Global
Head coach Steve Robinson has taken his coaching talents around the globe this summer as he conducted a coaching clinic in Belgium in July and coached at the Vince Carter fantasy camp in Toronto in August. Robinson enjoyed three days in Belgium giving a series of clinics and speaking on various topics to an audience of world-wide coaches. He then traveled to Toronto and worked closely with NBA all-star Vince Carter at his fantasy camp. Robinson was one of a handful of collegiate coaches invited to participate in the elite camp. In addition, Robinson was a speaker at the North Carolina Coaches’ Association annual meeting prior to its annual East-West all-star game at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

Crawford Fully Healed After Off-Season Knee Surgery
Senior Adrian Crawford, who was limited to 15 games a year ago because of serious knee problems, will begin the 2000-01 season fully recovered from off-season knee surgery. He averaged 5.3 points in 18.9 minutes per game and will be counted on to be one of the top Seminole returning players this season.

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