Dec. 31, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University freshman Von Wafer, who averaged 12.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and shot .563 from the field as the Seminoles split two games against nationally ranked opponents last week, has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball Rookie of the Week for the second time this season as voted on by a panel of voters from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Wafer also earned the award Dec. 1 and is the first repeat winner of the award this season.
The Seminoles won their ACC opener against the Seminoles against No. 24 Maryland and are tied for the best start in school history with a 12-1 record heading into Saturday’s game against nationally ranked Florida Saturday.
Wafer (Homer, La.) enjoyed a strong outing with 11 points, one assist and one steal as the Seminoles defeated Maryland. He shot four of seven from the field, including two of four from the 3-point line. He was one of four Seminoles who scored in double figures against the Terps.
Wafer ignited a 16-2 Seminole run in the second half that put Florida State up late, and for good. In an amazing display of athletic ability, he skied for an offensive rebound and scored on a put-back to pull the Seminoles within one at 56-55 with 0:19 remaining to begin the Seminole comeback. He also added a 3-point shot during the run which saw the Florida State go from three down at 56-53 to nine up at 67-58. The Terps were unable to get closer than four points during the reminder of the game.
Wafer also played well at No. 16 Pittsburgh with 13 points and two rebounds in 17 minutes played against the Panthers. He shot five of nine from the field (and made two 3-point shots) and was a perfect one-of-one from the free throw line. He scored all 13 of his points in the second half as the Seminoles came within seven points of winning on the road against a ranked Big East opponent.
Wafer enters Saturday’s game against Florida averaging 8.4 points per game to rank fourth on the team. His 18 3-point shots rank fourth on the team and lead all Seminole freshmen.