Aug. 19, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. –
Six former Florida State University men’s basketball players, including two-time All-ACC third team selection Ron Hale, were chosen in the recent ABA draft. The 11-team league is scheduled to start play in its inaugural 60-game season in mid-November 2000.
The red, white and blue ball of the famed American Basketball Association, which began as a 10-team league in 1967, returns with its wide-open, colorful style of play that made Julius Erving famous before his high-flying career in the NBA. The new version of the ABA plans to take the colorful approach the league originated nearly 35 years ago a couple of steps further.
The league, which introduced the 3-point shot and the three-colored ball during the first Nixon administration, returns with a four-point shot, zone defenses, unlimited fouls and no salary cap. In addition, only two referees will work each game, a 30-second shot clock will be used and ticket prices will be geared toward families.
ABA 2000 is set to deliver fast-paced, action-packed basketball with rule changes and other innovations designed to enhance the professional game by producing more scoring and eliminating the rough-and-tumble style of play that slows games down by causing one whistle after another. The league wants to encourage a full-court game with an emphasis on good defense.
A trio of former Seminiole stars were drafted by the Jacksonville Jackals. In addition to Hale, who was selected by in the fourth round, the Jackals also picked Randell Jackson in the seventh round and took James Collins in the territorial phase of the draft. Damous Anderson, who completed his career this past March, was selected in the sixth round by the Detroit Dogs while Kerry Thompson was taken in the 10th round of the second phase of the draft.
Ron Hale (Jacksonville Jackals, 4th round, 32nd overall selection)
Four-year letterwinner at Florida State, 1997-2000 … two-time third team All-ACC selection, 1999 and 2000 … the Seminoles’ leading scorer as a junior and senior … finished his career ranked 19th on FSU’s all-time scoring list with 1,236 points … also ranks third in school history in games played (120), fifth in 3-pointers attempted (339), seventh in 3-pointers made (111) and 26th in rebounding … averaged 15.6 points and 4.8 rebounds as a senior … scored a career-high 37 points against Wake Forest as a senior, the highest single-game scoring total in an ACC game in school history … a member of Florida State’s NCAA Tournament team in 1998.
Damous Anderson (Detroit Dogs, 6th round, 58th overall selection)
Two-year starter at Florida State after transferring from Metro Atlanta College … earned All-ACC third-team honors as a senior after averaging 15.2 points and 4.4 rebounds … ranked among the league leaders in scoring, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point shots made per game … led the Seminoles in scoring in ACC games with a 17.3 scoring average … played one season at Metro Atlanta where he averaged 21.7 points per game.
Randell Jackson (Jacksonville Jackals, 7th round, 3rd overall, 2nd phase)
An early entry to the 1998 NBA draft who signed a free agent contract with the Washington Wizards … earned three varsity letters as a member of the FSU program (1996-98) … averaged a career-high 12.7 points during the 1998 season … averaged a career-high 6.3 rebounds as a sophomore during the 1997 season … ranks fifth all-time in school history with 113 career blocked shots …
Kerry Thompson (Tampa Bay ThunderDawgs, 10th round, 32nd overall, 2nd phase)
Two-year varsity letterwinner (1997 and 1998) .. played on the Seminoles’ 1997 NCAA Tournament team … ranks 13th in school history with 131 career steals and ninth in school history with 356 career assists … his 71 steals during the 1997 steals ranks as the eighth highest single-season total in school history … averaged 8.8 points in 64 career games.
James Collins (Jacksonville Jackals, territorial phase)
Four-year letterwinner at Florida State (1994-97) … the school’s third all-time leading scorer with 1,793 career points for a 16.0 points per game average in 112 career games … ranks in the Seminoles’ top 10 in five other categories including field goals made, field goals attempted, 3-point shots made, 3-point shots attempted and steals … a member of FSU’s 1997 postseason NIT team.