May 24, 2004 - by
Seminoles’ Jones Named One Of The Nation’s Top Men’s Basketball Recruiters

May 24, 2004

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Stan Jones, the Associate Head Coach for the Florida State University Men’s Basketball Team, has been named as one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com. The third-year assistant on Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s staff has helped attract some of the nation’s top talent to play for the Seminoles including 2004 All-ACC First-Team selection Tim Pickett, 2004 All-ACC Freshman Team selection Alexander Johnson and Von Wafer who was a two-time ACC Rookie of the Week selection in 2004.


Florida State, which played in the postseason for the first time since 1998, had a 19-14 record and advanced to the second round of the NIT in 2004. The Seminoles defeated Wichita State in the first round of the NIT to mark the first time since the 1998 season that the Seminoles won a postseason game. Florida State has improved on its win total in both of the first two years of the Hamilton era and came within one victory of winning 20 games for the first time since 1997 last season.


Florida State’s recruiting class, which included both Johnson and Wafer, was ranked as the nation’s No. 1 class in 2003. Johnson (9.5 ppg) and Wafer (7.9 ppg) ranked second and third in scoring for the Seminoles during their inaugural collegiate campaigns. In addition, Johnson ranked third on the team in rebounds (4.2 rpg) and Wafer was second on the team in 3-point shots made (43).


Jones has been one of the nation’s top recruiters during his entire collegiate career. In addition to helping Florida State earn the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class ranking in 2003, he helped Miami earn the No. 7 ranked recruiting class in 2000 and the No. 13 ranked class in 1996. Florida State’s 2004 class is shaping up and should be considered one of the nation’s top-10 recruiting classes.


In addition to his recruiting prowess, Jones has helped the Seminoles to wins over five ranked teams in his two years including No. 5 ranked Duke in 2003 and No. 7 ranked North Carolina, No. 10 ranked Wake Forest and No. 10 ranked Georgia Tech this past season. The Seminoles’ 81-65 (+16 points) victory over the Yellow Jackets Feb. 3 in the Civic Center was Georgia Tech’s worst loss of the season. Georgia Tech played in the NCAA National Championship game in April.


Jones has helped coach four team into the NCAA Tournament in his eight years as a coach on the collegiate level. He helped coach Miami into the NCAA Tournament in 1998, 1999 and 2000 and helped guide Mississippi State into the field of 64 in 2002.


Jones was also an assistant coach alongside Hamilton with the Washington Wizards of the NBA in 2001. While there he coached three former NBA All-Stars and one NBA Rookie Team selection.


Rivals.com Top 25 Men’s Basketball Recruiters
Stan Jones, Florida State
Norm Roberts, St. John’s University
Robert Kirby, Mississippi State
Tony Barbee, Memphis
Donny Daniels, UCLA
Scott Duncan, Oregon
Anthony Grant, Florida
Frank Haith, University of Miami
Brad Greenburg, Virginia Tech
Reggie Hanson, Kentucky
Larry Harris, NC State
Jeff Jackson, Vanderbilt
Dean Keener, Georgia Tech
Vince Scott, Louisville
Andy Kennedy, Cincinnati
Kevin Nickleberry, Clemson
Josh Pastner, Arizona
Tom Moore, Connecticut
Phillip Pearson, Alabama
Steve Robinson, North Carolina
Steve Rose, Brigham Young
Billy Schmidt, Dayton
Jeff Strohm, Marquette
Butch Pierre, Louisiana State
Oronde Taliaferro, Arkansas
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