Sept. 18, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Junior Michael Joiner and sophomore Anthony Richardson of the Florida State men’s basketball team have been named to the 2002 All-Atlantic Coast Conference academic team as announced by ACC commissioner John Swofford. Joiner is majoring in political science with a minor in communications. Richardson, only in his second academic year at Florida State, has yet to declare a major field of study. Both Joiner and Richardson earned ACC honor roll accolades during the fall and spring semesters last year.
Florida State, Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest were the only schools with multiple players on the All-Academic team.
Joiner is an All-ACC candidate on the court as a returning two-year starter and most experienced player on the Seminoles’ roster in 2002-03. He enters the upcoming season as the current Seminoles’ leader in six career categories – points per game (8.6 ppg), rebounds per game (5.3 rpg), 3-point shots made (45), assists per game (1.4 apg), steals per game (1.0 spg) and minutes played per game (28.1 mpg). Joiner led Florida State with a career-high .403 3-point shooting percentage as a sophomore and was a member of the ACC All-Rookie team in 2001
Richardson was All-ACC Freshman team honorable mention selection in 2002. He earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors Jan. 13, 2002 for his 19-point, six-rebound performance against NC State in his first return to his hometown of Raleigh, N.C. Richardson ranked in the top five of four different statistical categories for the Seminoles last season (blocked shots, assists, 3-point field goals made and steals) as one of the top all-around freshmen in the ACC. He was the only player to rank among the top 10 freshmen in rebounds, scoring, blocked shots and steals during the season.
Joiner and Richardson are members of head coach Leonard Hamilton’s first team at Florida State that begins practice Oct. 12. The team opens its regular season Nov. 24 against Savannah State in the Leon County Civic Center.