June 25, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University men’s basketball player J.D. Bracy has announced he will attend a junior college during the 2002-03 academic year. The guard will enroll in junior college in hopes of improving his academic standing before attempting to re-enroll at Florida State in the future.
Bracy, a 6-4 guard, averaged 4.0 points and one rebound in 22 games as a sophomore for the Seminoles last season. He scored his career-high of 11 points against National Champion Maryland (Feb. 27) in Tallahassee. Bracy sat out his first season under NCAA regulations as a partial qualifier.
“Coach Hamilton and I have decided it would be in my best interest to attend a junior college for a season,” said Bracy. “I need to make some strides academically and hopefully put myself in a position to return to Florida State in the future. I have not decided on which junior college I will attend.”
The Kissimmee, Fla., native averaged more points per game in 12 conference games (4.2) than he did in 10 non-conference games (3.9) last season. Bracy scored 10 points in only his second career game against Savannah State (Nov. 20) as he made his career-high of four field goals and dished out his career-high of four assists against the Tigers. He started one game last season against Birmingham Southern (Dec. 4).
“J.D. has been one of our hardest workers and has done everything we have asked him to do,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “Although he had a good first summer session, I agree that he will be better served in attending a junior college and improving his academic standing.”