Sept. 2, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
With the start of the 2004-05 season less than six weeks away, the Florida State men’s basketball team is once again being lauded for its second nationally ranked recruiting class in as many years. The Seminoles’ class of Jason Rich, Isaiah Swann and Ralph Mims has been rated as the best class in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the 16th best class in the nation by Rivals.com.
It marks the second consecutive season Florida State has earned the recognition of having the top class in the ACC and the second consecutive season it has earned one of the top classes in the nation. The Seminoles had the nation’s No. 1 ranked class – Alexander Johnson, Von Wafer, Diego Romero and Antonio Griffin – a year ago. That class did not disappoint as Johnson was named to the ACC Rookie Team and Wafer was a two-time ACC Rookie-of-the Week honoree as the Seminoles advanced to the second round of the NIT.
“The early signing period was good to Coach Leonard Hamilton when he inked two of the nation’s top shooting guard prospects with Jason Rich, ranked No. 33, and Isaiah Swann, ranked No. 35. Three-star shooting guard Ralph Mims (also joins the roster),” said the Rivals editors.
The three players Rich (Orlando, Fla.), Swann (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Mims (Brunswick, Me) along with Griffin (Compton, Calif) will join the Seminoles for the 2004-05 season. Rich averaged 21.5 points, 4.5 assists, 2.9 steals and shot .550 from the field as a senior at Dr. Phillips High School and earned Parade Magazine All-America Third Team honors. Swann averaged 23.8 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in leading Hargrave Military Academy to the mythical national prep championship with a 25-1 record in 2003-04. Mims averaged 28.9 points, 11.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.5 steals as a senior at Brunswick High School and was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Maine his senior season. Griffin averaged 16.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2002-03 at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College.
A total of six current Seminoles – seniors Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski, sophomores Von Wafer and Alexander Johnson and freshmen Jason Rich and Isaiah Swann – all played in the prestigious Jordan Capital Classic following the conclusions of their high school careers. Richardson and Waleskowski played in the event in 2001, Johnson in 2002, Wafer in 2003 and Rich and Swann in 2004. Swann, a guard, scored 10 points to lead all current Seminoles in the game while five of the six current Florida State players earned starting assignments in their particular game.