Sept. 28, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University sophomore Alexander Johnson, the Seminoles’ leading returning scorer for the 2004-05 season, is pictured on one of the regional covers of Lindy’s 2004-2005 College Basketball Magazine. Shown making his signature strong move to the basket, Johnson is the centerpiece of the cover which proclaims “Noles on Tourney Track.”
“Tim Pickett, the energy source who led Florida State back to postseason play for the first time in six years, has left the building. But the building is still standing, thanks to the solid foundation coach Leonard Hamilton has laid in two seasons. Finishing the project now falls on four upperclassmen and the players from consecutive outstanding recruiting classes, many of whom played a role in last season’s 19-14 finish and run to the second round of the NIT,” writes Bob Thomas of the Florida Times Union.
Thomas continues: “Senior forwards Adam Waleskowski and Anthony Richardson team with juniors Andrew Wilson and Todd Galloway to provide the stability for the talented youngsters, who represent FSU’s future. Sophomores Alexander Johnson and Von Wafer have served their apprenticeships and will be asked to take on larger roles at power forward and shooting guard.”
Johnson, who ranked third among all ACC freshman in scoring (9.5 ppg) and rebounds (4.0 rpg), was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2004 in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. He also earned Honorable Mention Freshman All-America honors by Rivals.Com. He became only the third Seminole in history to be named to the All-ACC Freshman Team, joining former Seminoles Corey Louis (1995) and Michael Joiner (2001).
Johnson began his career in a blaze with 33 points for 11.0 points per game average through the first three games of his freshman season. What’s more, he made 12 of his first 14 shots (.857) from the field in his first three games. On top of that, he scored in double figures in 13 games to rank second on the team behind only Tim Pickett who scored 10 or more points a team-leading 27 times in 33 games.
The editors of the magazine continue in their breakdown of the team and select Johnson as a 2004-05 honors candidate.
“Forward Alexander Johnson earned ACC All-Freshman honors after finishing second on the team in scoring and third in rebounding. After a rigorous off-season conditioning program, he could power his way to an All-ACC season.” Their position-by-position breakdown of the Seminoles calls Johnson “a powerful presence in the post.”
As for predicted order of finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings, the Seminoles were picked seventh behind Wake Forest, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Duke and NC State with Virginia, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Miami rounding out the standings.