TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — PJ Savoy, who averaged 16.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists during the 2015-16 season at Sheridan College in Wyoming, has signed a Grant In Aid to attend Florida State and play basketball for head coach Leonard Hamilton. He played one season at Sheridan and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining when he begins his Division I career as a Seminole for the 2016-17 season.
Savoy, a 6-4 guard, led the Generals to an 18-12 record in his only season at Sheridan when he finished as the Generals’ second leading scorer with 505 total points. He started 24 of 30 games, was fourth on the team in rebounding and led the team from the 3-point line with 85 shots made and a .427 3-point shooting percentage. Savoy also led the team from the free throw line with 120 made free throws and a .863 free throw shooting percentage.
Savoy (Las Vegas, Nevada/Las Vegas High School) scored 20 or more points 14 times in 30 games and posted his career high of 28 points against the Wyoming All-Stars as he was a perfect eight of eight from the free throw line.
“We are excited to add PJ Savoy to our team,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “He displayed his abilities as a shooter, a scorer and on defense during his one season in junior college and will add maturity and basketball savvy to our roster this season.”
Savoy becomes the sixth member of Florida State’s highly rated recruiting class for the upcoming 2016-17 season.
“Coach Hamilton and his staff have always been able to identify players that fit well into their program,” said Savoy. “I feel comfortable with how I fit in with my teammates; I felt that throughout my visit to campus. The coaching staff has a proven track record of player development and I trust that they will get the best out of me. I also believe in how passionate the coaching and administrative staff is about the success of their student-athletes in the classroom. My parents taught me the importance of working hard and taking pride in everything I do and I can’t wait to contribute to the success of this team.”
Matt Hammer, his coach for one season at Sheridan, says Florida State is getting a strong player and a student-athlete who will continue to challenge himself academically.
“The chance for PJ to attend Florida State is a life-changing opportunity for him and his family,” said Hammer. “We couldn’t be more thrilled for P.J. to continue to learn from Coach Hamilton and his entire staff. PJ was been the ideal student-athlete while here at Sheridan College, and he’ll do a great job of representing Florida State University.”
That sentiment is echoed by his father, Patrick Savoy, Sr., who played collegiately at UNLV (1993-95). He was the Rebels’ leading scorer in 1995, averaging 14.7 points per game and played professionally in Israel, Spain, the Dominican Republic and in the CBA.
“PJ works hard and has a great motor,” said his father who was recruited out of high school by Leonard Hamilton who was then the head coach at Miami. “I have always respected Coach Hamilton and PJ will fit into the Seminole program nicely. I am very proud of him because he worked hard to get to Florida State and now he is going to play for a great program in the best basketball conference in the country.”
Savoy’s mother, Consuella, also sees Florida State as a great fit for her son.
“I knew when we met with Coach Hamilton and his staff and the members of the Seminole team, that this was a perfect fit,” she said. “I know in my heart that the coaching staff at Florida State will do an outstanding job in developing my son. I know this because they have a proven track record and PJ is a hard worker who will dedicate himself to becoming the best player he can be. I am honored and my heart is happy that PJ has made his decision to become a Seminole.