March 27, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s basketball team will be honored at its annual team banquet Monday, April 14, 2003 at the University Center Club on the FSU Campus. Head coach Leonard Hamilton and the entire Seminole team will be honored. The banquet will feature a special guest speaker and surprising fan-friendly events that will distinguish this banquet from any other Seminole fans have attended.
The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $35 per person or $350 for a table of 10. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Brooke Etzell in the men’s basketball office at (850) 644-1461 or (866) 661-1052.
Florida State was one of the most improved teams in the nation this season under first-year head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles are among the nation’s and ACC’s leaders in several statistical categories and defeated two teams ranked in the pre-season polls including No. 5 ranked and NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 participant Duke. Florida State defeated four teams who played in the post season this year – Duke, Iowa, Georgia Tech and Virginia.
The Seminoles return nine letter winners and four players who helped leads the team this season including All-ACC second-team selection Tim Pickett.
Pickett leads the ACC and is ranked eighth in the nation in steals with 82 and a 28 steals per game average. He became the second junior college player in school history to earn All-ACC honors and is raked sixth in the ACC in scoring with a 17.1 points per game average.
Nate Johnson, Anthony Richardson and Michael Joiner will also return to Florida State’s starting lineup next season. All four of Florida State’s returning starters finished in the top-15 of at least one statistical category in the ACC. Johnson finished the season ranked 11th in assists, Richardson ranked 10th in blocked shots and Joiner finished the season ranked 12th in steals.