Nov. 25, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Nicholls State in a late November non-conference game at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles enter the game in search of their third consecutive victory to open the 2003-04 season. In addition, Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game looking for its second consecutive season-opening, three-game winning streak after opening the 2002-03 season with wins over Savannah State (Nov. 24), Mercer (Nov. 27) and Iowa (Dec. 2). Florida State’s game against Nicholls State is its third of seven consecutive home games to begin the season. The season-opening seven game homestand is one game less than the record setting eight-game homestand the Seminoles opened year one of the Leonard Hamilton era with last season. Hamilton led Florida State to a 6-2 record in its first eight games last season.
PICKETT CONTINUES TO LEAD SEMINOLES IN SCORING COLUMN
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett, who is averaging 16.0 points through the first two games of the season, is looking to become only the 16th player to lead the Seminoles in scoring in consecutive seasons. The last player to lead Florida State in scoring in at least two consecutive seasons was Ron Hale during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Pickett is looking to join a list that includes seven of the top ten scorers in school history including Bob Sura (2,130 points/1992-95), George McCloud (1,574 points/1986-89) and Dave Cowens (1,479 points/1968-70) – all of whom were first round NBA Draft selections. Pickett has scored 527 points in 31 career games for a 17.0 career scoring average.
HAMILTON HAS SEMINOLES GETTING AFTER IT DEFENSIVELY
Florida State has limited its first two opponents to 58.0 points per game, .345 shooting from the field, .261 shooting from the 3-point arc and has forced an average of 20.5 turnovers per game. Florida State led the ACC in scoring defense (66.6 points allowed) and ranked second in the ACC (and seventh in the nation) in field goal percentage defense (.391) last season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its third consecutive game of the season and improve its record to 3-0 for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles have defeated Maine and Georgetown (Ky.) in their first two games of the season;
…Win its first three games of a season for the 25th time in the 57-year history of the Seminole men’s basketball program. Florida State has played in the post season (1998 NCAA Tournament, 1997 NIT) two of the last three times it won at least its first three games of the season;
…Match its longest winning streak since the 2002-03 season when it won three games on two different occasions. The Seminoles defeated Savannah State, Mercer and Iowa and Miami, Birmingham Southern and Stetson during the early portion of the 2002-03 season;
…Play a team from the Southland Conference (Nicholls State) for only the second time in school history. The last time the Seminoles played a team from the Southland Conference, they defeated Sam Houston State, 88-51, to open the 1998-99 season in Tallahassee;
…Play a team from Louisiana for the first time since Dec. 29, 1997 when it defeated Southwestern University of Louisiana, 80-71.
PICKETT STAYING ON THE DEFNSIVE
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett has continued the defensive ways that allowed him to be named to the ACC All-Defensive team last season. He tied his career high with two blocked shots to go along with one steal in Florida State’s victory over Georgetown. Pickett has three steals and two blocked shots in the first two games of the 2003-04 season. He enters Wednesday’s game against Nicholls State with 84 career steals and needs only 16 to become only the 17th player in school history with 100 or more career steals. Pickett has 85 steals in only 31 career games for a 2.74 steals per game average.
PICKETT CONTINUES TO HIT FROM LONG RANGE
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett, Florida State’s leading 3-point shooter through the first two games of the season with six shots made from long range, has made 90 3-point shots in only 31 games during his Seminole career. The senior from Daytona Beach, Fla. averages nearly three 3-point shots made per game for his career. Pickett opened the season with four 3-point shots made against Maine and returned with two more in Florida State’s victory over Georgetown.
Seminoles’ 3-point Field Goals Made Per Game Leaders
Rank Player, Years FGM/Game Notes
1. Tim Pickett, 2002-Pr. 2.9 91 3FGM in 31 games
2. James Collins, 1994-97 2.3 255 3FGM in 112 games
3. Bob Sura, 1992-95 1.8 214 3FGM in 119 games
4. George McCloud, 1986-89 1.7 201 3FGM in 117 games
5. Tharon Mayes, 1988-90 1.7 128 3FGM in 77 games
PICKETT APPROACHING SEMINOLES’ ALL-TIME TOP 10
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett has made six 3-point shots this season to bring his career total to 90. He is currently ranked 12th all-time in Florida State basketball history for 3-point shots made for a career and needs only 10 3-point shots made to become only the 11th Seminole to make 100 or more career 3-point shots. Only three Seminoles – James Collins, Bob Sura and Sam Cassell – have made 100 or more 3-point shots during their first two years at Florida State. Cassell, a junior college transfer like Pickett, made 108 from the bonusphere in his two years as a Seminole. George McCloud, who ranks third all-time in school history with 201 3-point field goals made, began his career and played one season without the advantage of the 3-point line. He averaged 67 3-point shots made during the final three years of his career.
Florida State’s All-Time Top-10 3 Point Field Goals Made List
Rank Player, Years FGM Notes
1. James Collins, 1994-97 255 111 3FGM in first two seasons at FSU
2. Bob Sura, 1992-95 214 111 3FGM in first two seasons at FSU
3. George McCloud, 1986-89 201 14 3FGM in first two seasons at FSU
9. Ron Hale, 1997-00 111 29 3FGM in first two seasons at FSU
10. Sam Cassell, 1992-93 108 108 3FGM in two seasons at FSU
11. Aubrey Boyd, 1988-91 93 17 3FGM in first two seasons at FSU
12. Tim Pickett, 2003-Pr. 90 90 3FGM in first two seasons at FSU
RICHARDSON SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT
Junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson, who entered the season as a career 41 percent field goal shooter, is shooting 61 percent from the field through the first two games of the season. Richardson made six of nine shots (.667) in the Seminoles’ season-opening victory over Maine and was five of nine from the field (.556) against Georgetown. Richardson is averaging 13.0 points per game – second on the team – entering Wednesday’s game against Nicholls State.
Richardson From The Field
Seasons FGM-A Pct. Notes
2004 (1 year) 11-18 .611 Averaging 5.5 field goals made per game / this season
2002-03 (2 yrs) 204-496 .411 Averaged 3.6 field goals made per game / first two years
Improvement +.200 Averaging 1.9 field goals made per game more this season
RICHARDSON ENJOYING BLOCK PARTY
Junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson, who ranked tenth in the ACC in blocked shots last season with a 1.1 average, has begun the 2003-04 season on the fast track for swatting shots. He has blocked three shots in the first two games of the season for a 1.5 bpg average and has blocked 16 shots in his last 11 games. Richardson blocked his career-high of five shots in leading Florida State past Georgia Tech Feb. 15, 2003. He has blocked at least one shot in seven of his last 11 games dating to his five block performance against Georgia Tech.
FLORIDA STATE VS. NICHOLLS STATE – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: First Meeting
Last Game: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win: First Meeting
Last Georgetown Win: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: First Meeting
Last Georgetown Win In Tallahassee: First Meeting
Florida State vs. Georgetown, Current Streak: First Meeting
WAFER MAKES HIS CAREER DEBUT AGAINST GEORGETOWN
Heralded freshman Von Wafer made his collegiate debut against Georgetown Monday night as he scored 10 points and pulled down four rebounds in 18 minutes of playing time. He was one of five players who scored in double figures as the Seminoles defeated the Tigers. Wafer finished the game tied for the team lead in 3-point field goals made with two and among the team leaders in assists with two and blocked shots with one.
Other Notable Seminole Debuts
Player Date Opponent Statistics
Sam Cassell Nov. 18, 1992 Siena 24 points / 9 assists
Douglas Edwards Nov. 27, 1990 Texas Southern 19 points / 13 rebounds
Tim Pickett Nov. 24, 2003 Savannah State 16 points/ 6 rebounds
Bob Sura Nov. 18, 1992 Siena 24 points / 6 rebounds
Charlie Ward Nov. 27, 2990 Texas Southern 10 points / 6 rebounds
WILSON MAKES HIS RETURN
Junior Andrew Wilson has made a successful return to the court after missing most of the last two seasons because of injuries. He scored four points in 17 minutes in the Seminoles’ season-opening victory over Maine and added two points and one rebound against Georgetown. Wilson had been limited during pre-season practice this season with a heel injury but was able to play well enough during the last two weeks to convince Hamilton to utilize his talents against Maine.
A.J. MAKING HIS PRESENCE FELT DOWN LOW
Freshman forward Alexander Johnson, who scored his career-high of 13 points against Georgetown, has quickly proven why he helped vault Florida State’s 2003 recruiting class to the No. 1 class in the nation. In addition to ranking among the team leaders with a 10.5 points per game average, Johnson leads the Seminoles in free throws made (nine) and free throws attempted (14). Johnson has scored nine of his 21 points (.428 percent) from the free throw line in the first two games and his shooting .750 from the field with six made field goals in eight attempts. He enters Wednesday’s game against Nicholls State with a .750 field goal percentage.
GALLOWAY GETTING HIMSELF TO THE LINE
Sophomore guard Todd Galloway has scored 13 points during the first two games of the season with more than half of them (seven of 13, .538) coming from the free throw line. He has made seven of nine free throw attempts as compared to three of seven field goal attempts. Only freshman forward Alexander Johnson has made and attempted more free throws than Galloway (9 of 14) and only Tim Pickett (two of two, 1.000) and Anthony Richardson (three of three, 1.000) have a better free throw shooting percentage than Galloway. Galloway is shooting .778 from the line this season as compared to .642 in 29 games as a freshman.
JOINER CONTINUES TO CLIMB SCORING AND REBOUNDING LISTS
Senior Michael Joiner is averaging 5.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in Florida State’s first two games of the season. He has totaled 10 points and 13 rebounds as he continues his quests to reach the 1,000 career point and 500 career rebound plateaus. Joiner enters Wednesday’s game against Nicholls State with 752 career points (he needs 48 for 1,000) and 442 rebounds (he needs 58 for 500. Only 12 players in school history have scored at least 1,000 career points AND pulled down at least 500 career rebounds.
PICKETT EARNS PRE-SEASON ALL-ACC HONORS BY ACSMA
Florida State senior guard Tim Pickett was named to the preseason All-ACC First Team in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association at the annual Operation Basketball event. An All-ACC second-team selection as a junior, Pickett was included on the five-man team of the top players in the nation’s top conference entering the 2003-04 season. Pickett was named to the preseason All-ACC team along with Raymond Felton of North Carolina, Julius Hodge of N.C. State, J.J. Redick of Duke and Vytas Danelius of Wake. Felton was selected as the preseason conference Player of the Year while Duke’s Luol Deng was voted the preseason Rookie of the Year. Pickett is only the third player in Seminole men’s basketball history to earn preseason All-ACC honors. Sam Cassell (prior to the 1992-93 season) and Bob Sura (prior to the 1994-95 season) were the first two Seminoles to earn preseason All-ACC honors. Both Cassell and Sura earned All-ACC second team honors following those respective seasons. As a junior, Pickett was named to the ACC second team and the conference’s all-defensive team in a vote of the leagues nine coaches and also by the media covering the conference.
PICKETT MERITS PRE-SEASON ALL-ACC HONORS
Florida State University senior guard Tim Pickett, who averaged 17.1 points and ranked fourth in the nation with a 2.83 steals per game average as a junior, enters the 2003-04 season as a consensus pre-season All-ACC First-Team selection. He has been named to the pre-season all-conference team by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, the Sporting News and ESPN.com among many of the number of national publications who have selected the top players in each college basketball conference.
SEMINOLES PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH AT ACC OPERATION BASKETBALL
The Florida State men’s basketball team was selected to finish sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings at the annual Operation Basketball event. It marks the first time since the 1994 season, when the Seminoles were picked to finish fifth, that Florida State has been picked to finish higher than seventh in the conference standings.
SEMINOLES SIGN PAIR OF TOP 30 PROSPECTS TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT
Two players ranked among the top 30 high school players in the nation have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Florida State University and play men’s basketball for head coach Leonard Hamilton. Jason Rich (Orlando, Fla.) and Isaiah Swann (Rockville, Md.) will begin playing for the Seminoles during the 2004-05 season and give Hamilton and his staff the beginnings of one of the nation’s top ranked recruiting classes for the second consecutive season. Florida State’s 2003 recruiting class of Alexander Johnson, Diego Romero and Von Wafer was ranked as the Nation’s No. 1 recruiting class.