Aug. 3, 2004
NEW ORLEANS, La. –
Tim Pickett, one of only two All-ACC First-Team selections in Florida State men’s basketball history, has signed a contract to play with the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. Pickett was the Hornets second round draft choice (44th overall selection) in the 2004 NBA Draft. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Tim has a great chance to make a strong contribution to our team this season,” said General manager Allan Bristow. “We were impressed with his hustle, attitude and athletic ability when we scouted him and when we had him in for workouts, and those are qualities that we expect him to bring to the court in October.”
Pickett will long be remembered as one of the most exciting players in Florida State men’s basketball history and as the preeminent building block in Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s mission of making the Seminoles a program of significance in college basketball. He was a two-time All-ACC selection – First-Team in 2004 and Second-Team in 2003 and joined only All-American Bob Sura in 1994 as the only two Florida State players to earn All-ACC First-Team honors in school history. Pickett was a two-time All-ACC Defensive Team selection – by both the coaches and the media – in both 2003 and 2004 and totaled 164 steals in only two years at the Division I level. He closed his career tied for second in ACC history with a 2.64 steals per game average. He is tied with NC State’s Chris Corchiani and ranks behind only Maryland’s Johnny Rhodes.