April 5, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State sophomore Von Wafer has notified Seminole men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton of his intentions to enter his name for the 2005 NBA Draft. Hamilton spoke from the Final Four in St. Louis on Wafer’s decision.
“Von Wafer’s father has notified me of his intentions to enter his name for the upcoming NBA Draft,” said Hamilton. “He has made tremendous progress in the last two years and we are confident in his ability to play at the next level. He has done a very good job for us and we wish him well. We would love to have had him complete his four year career with us. However, we respect the decision he and his family have made and he has our support.
“Von and his family have put a great deal of thought into this decision and we trust their judgment. He has expressed a strong desire to play at the next level and this decision affirms that desire.
“Von has been a good player for us and we wish him continued success in his career.”
Said Wafer: “This has always been a dream of mine. I feel this is the closest I have been, so I wanted to go ahead and grab the chance. I believe in myself and believe I can make it happen. I am going to continue to attend class and make progress toward my degree.
His sentiments were echoed by his father, Ray P. Johnson.
“This opportunity for our family is a long-time dream that we hop comes true,” Said Johnson. We appreciate everything Coach Hamilton and his staff has done for our family. Coach Hamilton has been a tremendous mentor for Von. He is a straight-up and trustworthy. Coach Hamilton and Florida State University have treated Von and our family very well and we very much appreciative of everybody who has touched Von’s life in the last two years.”
Wafer averaged 12.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 29 games during the 2004-05 season for the Seminoles. He made 65 3-point shots made and his .396 3-point field goal shooting percentage ranked 10th in the ACC for the 2005 season. Wafer scored his career-high of 30 points in Florida State’s victory over No. 3 Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 2005; 91-83 in overtime) as he made his single-game career-high of seven 3-point field goals against the Deacons.