Aug. 9, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. –
The Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State begins Oct. 12 with the first day of practice in the Seminoles’ new training facility. The season opener for the Seminoles is Nov. 24 against Savannah State in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.
HAMILTON NAMED AS SEMINOLES SEVENTH HEAD COACH
Leonard Hamilton was named head coach of the Florida State men’s basketball program in a press conference held at the school March 19. Hamilton, who brings 29 seasons of experience as a collegiate and NBA coach, takes over the Seminole program after coaching the NBA’s Washington Wizards most recently and resurrecting the University of Miami’s program in 10 seasons with the Hurricanes. Hamilton, 53, is just the seventh head coach in Florida State history. He comes to Tallahassee after a one-year stint with the NBA’s Wizards during the 2000-01 season. Prior to his NBA stint, Hamilton accepted the challenge of taking on the Miami Hurricane program, taking them to three straight NCAA Tournaments over his final three seasons and earning UPI Coach of the Year honors in the process. In his final season with Miami, Hamilton guided the Hurricanes to their second straight 20-win season, a share of the BIG EAST regular season championship and the school’s first trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Hurricanes finished 23-11, including a 13-3 conference record, and concluded the season ranked 23rd in the nation by the Associated Press college basketball poll and 20th in the final USA Today/ESPN poll. Miami’s 23 wins matched the team’s 1998-99 total and, at the time, tied the school record for victories in a season.
HAMILTON NAMES THREE MEMBERS OF HIS FLORIDA STATE COACHING STAFF
Leonard Hamilton named the first three additions to his Seminole coaching staff on March 22. Hamilton named Stan Jones associate head coach and Mike Jaskulski and Tony Sheals as assistant coaches. Both Jones and Jaskulski helped Hamilton revive the fortunes of the basketball program at the University of Miami. Jones was an assistant at Miami from 1995-2000 and Jaskulski worked with Hamilton and the Hurricanes from 1993-97. Jones comes to Tallahassee from Mississippi State University where he helped lead the Bulldogs to a 27-8 record and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this season. Jaskulski was the head coach at Towson (Md.) University from 1997-2001 and an assistant at Miami for five years. While serving as an assistant to Hamilton at Miami, Jaskulski helped the Hurricanes to the fifth best won-loss record in the highly competitive Big East Conference. Sheals comes to Florida State from Miami, where he served as the Administrative Assistant for Basketball Operations during the 2001-02 season. He joins Hamilton’s Seminole staff with 19 years of head and assistant coaching experience and was most recently the director of basketball operations at the University of Miami. During his coaching career, he has been the head coach at Delaware State University (1999-2000), Bethune-Cookman College (1993-97), South Florida Community College (1990-92) and Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Fla. (1984-90).
HAMILTON ROUNDS OUT STAFF WITH MCDONALD AND BRADLEY
Thom McDonald, director of basketball operations, and Michael Bradley, assistant strength and conditioning coach, were the final additions to Leonard Hamilton’s Seminole staff. As the director of basketball operations, McDonald will be involved in all phases of the day-to-day operations of the men’s basketball office. He will handle office and team budgetary matters, team travel, academic concerns, dining and housing contracts and will serve as the director of the annual Leonard Hamilton basketball camps for boys. McDonald comes to Florida State after two years as the commissioner of the Iowa Community Colleges Athletic Association and one year as the director of basketball operations at Championship Productions, a Des Moines, Iowa based company. Bradley brings of wealth of experience to the Seminoles’ strength and conditioning program. Bradley will be responsible for designing and coordinating the weight room in the Seminoles’ new facility. He was most recently at Stanford University where he worked directly with the men’s basketball, men’s swimming and field hockey teams. In addition, he assisted with the strength and conditioning efforts for the nationally ranked football, women’s basketball, and women’s swimming and softball teams.
SEMINOLES MOVE INTO NEW TRAINING FACILITY
The Seminole men’s basketball program recently moved into the Florida State Basketball Training Facility. The $10 million facility is adjacent to the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center and is the permanent home of the basketball staff. It is a three-floor structure located on the Southeast perimeter of campus and is a state-of-the-art building containing the newest and finest equipment for the future of the basketball program. The first floor holds team locker rooms with extensive team lounges and study areas. Also on the first floor are oversized locker areas for the coaching and support staff. The second floor has two regulation size basketball courts that mirror the Seminoles’ game floor in the adjacent Civic Center. Also on the second floor are a media relations center, a sports medicine/training center, a weight training center and team meeting rooms. The third floor holds office suites, an extensive video production and editing center and a traditions area. The Department of Athletics at Florida State has now spent more than $30 million dollars on the Civic Center complex to make the facility one of the best in the ACC.
JOINER RETURNS AS SEMINOLES’ MOST EXPERIENCED PLAYER
Junior All-ACC candidate Michael Joiner, who has started 53 games during the first two years of his career, enters the 2002-03 season as the Seminoles most experienced player. He has played in 58 games (while starting 53) and averages 28.1 minutes per game through his freshman and sophomore seasons. Joiner is the Seminoles’ current career leader in seven categories – points per game (8.6 ppg), rebounds per game (5.3 rpg), 3-point shots made (45), assists per game (1.4 apg), steals per game (1.0 spg) and minutes played per game (28.1 mpg)
Joiner’s Approachable Milestones
Category Current Stat. Needs Milestone Notes
Career Points 496 504 1,000 Only 33 players in school
history have scored 1,000 or
Career Rebounds 310 190 500 Only 24 players in school
history have grabbed 500 or
1,000 Pts./500 Rebs. 496/310 504/190 1,000/500 Only 10 players in school
history have amassed 1,000
Career 3-Point Shots 45 55 100 Only 10 players in school
history have made 100 or more 3
Career Blocks 31 19 50 Only 15 players in school
history blocked 50 or more shots
JOINER AMONG ACC OFFENSIVE REBOUNDING LEADERS
Junior All-ACC candidate Michael Joiner ranked second on the team and 15th in the ACC in offensive rebounding as a sophomore with a 2.1 per game average. It marked the second consecutive season he has ranked among the conference leaders in offensive rebounding as he also ranked 15th in the ACC as a freshman. He is one of only five ACC players returning for the 2002-03 season who has ranked in the league’s top 15 in the category in each of the last two season. Virginia’s Travis Watson and Chris Williams, Wake Forest’s Josh Howard and Clemson’s Chris Hobbs join Joiner, who averages 2.1 offensive rebounds in his 58-game career as the ACC’s leaders in career offensive rebounds for the upcoming season.
ACC Offensive Rebounding Leaders
Rank Player, School OR Career Avg.
1. Travis Watson, Virginia 286 3.3
2. Josh Howard, Wake Forest 249 2.6
3. Michael Joiner, Florida State 120 2.1
Chris Hobbs, Clemson 137 2.1
5. Ray Henderson, Clemson 165 2.0
JOINER FROM 3-POINT RANGE
Junior All-ACC candidate Michael Joiner, who made a career-high 31 3-point shots as a sophomore, begins the 2002-03 season as the Seminoles’ current career leader in 3-point shots made. He led the Seminoles in 3-point shooting percentage during the 2001-02 season with a career-high .403 mark. Joiner made his career-high of three 3-points field goals in three different games (vs. Birmingham Southern, vs. Virginia Tech and at Duke) and made multiple 3-point shots in a career-high 11 games.
WILSON SET TO MAKE RETURN IN 2002-03
Sophomore Andrew Wilson, who missed all but one game during the 2001-02 season, will look to make a triumphant return to the Seminoles’ lineup during the upcoming season. Wilson is considered one of the top shooters on the team and will look to help Florida State raise its field goal shooting percentage. He suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee in last year’s season opener after having played only seven minutes. Wilson led the team in free throw shooting percentage as a freshman with a .808 mark from the line.
DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE
Leonard Hamilton’s teams are known for team defense and his first Seminole team should fit his mold well. Hamilton’s 1997 University of Miami team led the nation in field goal percentage defense. Many of his other Hurricane teams ranked among the nation’s and Big East Conference leaders. Florida State ranked fourth in the ACC in field goal percentage defense last season and has held its opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field in each of the last 16 years.
Seminoles’ Field Goal Percentage Defense
Season Opponents’ FGM-FGA Pct.
1997-98 766-1,881 .407
1998-99 766-1,663 .461
1999-00 750-1,758 .427
2000-01 795-1,756 .453
2001-02 753-1,709 .441
Totals 3,830-8,769 .437
MATHEWS CLIMBING SEMINOLES’ ALL-TIME BLOCKED SHOTS LIST
Senior Mike Mathews, who has blocked 78 shots in his first two years as a Seminole, needs only 22 blocked shots to become the eighth player in school history to block 100 or more shots during his career. He averages 39 blocked shots per season and 1.4 blocked shots per game during the first two years of his career.
Florida State’s All-Time Career Blocked Shots List
Rank Name Years Blocked Shots
1. Rodney Dobard 1990-93 240
5. Randell Jackson 1996-98 113
8. Elvis Rolle 1979-81 89
9. Jerome Fitchett 1984-88 86
10. Mike Mathews 2001-** 78
MATHEWS AMONG ACC LEADERS
Senior Mike Mathews is the ACC’s leading returning shot blocker for the second consecutive year entering the 20002-03 season. Mathews has blocked 78 shots for a 1.4-blocked shots per game average. Mathews ranked seventh in the ACC in blocked shots with a 1.2 blocks per game average as a junior and was fifth in the conference statistics as a sophomore with a career-high 1.6 average.
ACC Blocked Shot Leaders
Rank Player, School Blocks Career Avg.
1. Mike Mathews, Florida State 78 1.4
Jason Clark, Virginia 39 1.4
3. Antwan Scott, Wake Forest 118 1.3
4. Trevor Harvey, Florida State 26 0.9
5. Josh Howard, Wake Forest 85 0.8
MATHEWS AND HARVEY TEAM UP TO BLOCK OUT OPPONENTS
Florida State’s senior blocking duo of Mike Mathews (1.2 bpg) and Trevor Harvey (0.9 bpg) were the fifth ranked shot-blocking par in the ACC last season and return as the third leading duo entering the 2002-03 season. Mathews and Harvey combined to block 60 shots last season.
ACC Shot Blocking Duos
Rank Players, School Total Blocks 2002-03 Status<
1. Baxter/Wilcox, Maryland 122 Both in NBA
2. Clark/Watson, Virginia 65 Active Cavaliers
3. Scott/Howard, Wake Forest 77 Scott Graduated
4. Henderson/Ford, Clemson 62 Active Tigers
5. Mathews/Harvey, Florida State 60 Active Seminoles
CHARTING HARVEY’S IMPROVEMENT
Senior Trevor Harvey, who averaged 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 28 games last season, displayed a consistent improvement throughout his first season as a Seminole. After starting slowly, he finished with a flourish and enters the 2002-03 season as one of the top big men in the ACC. He scored 81 percent of his points (105 of 130), grabbed 62 percent of his rebounds (33 of 53) and blocked nearly 70 percent of his shots (18 of 26) in his final 19 games of the season. During those 19 games, he played double figure minutes 15 times and played his career-high of 22 minutes against Maryland in the ACC Tournament.
A Tale Of Three Seasons For Harvey
Category First 10 Middle 9 Last 10
Points/Game 2.8 5.2 4.6
Rebounds/Game 2.2 3.7 3.3
Blocks/Game 0.8 1.2 0.7
Mins./Game 9.0 13.6 14.9
Starts 0 0 3
WALESKOWSKI TO EARN PLAYING TIME
Sophomore Adam Waleskowski, who started the final two games of the 2001-02 season, is expected to earn increased playing time during the upcoming season. He started both of Florida State’s games in the ACC Tournament and averaged 4.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 19 minutes as the Seminoles defeated Clemson in the first round but lost to national champion Maryland in the quarterfinals. Waleskowski became the second consecutive freshman to lead the Seminoles in free throw shooting as he shot .806 from the line. He tied Florida State’s free throw shooting percentage record for a single game with his perfect effort from the line against Clemson in the ACC Tournament. Ranked second among ACC freshmen (slightly behind Virginia’s Jermaine Harper at .833) with his .806 free throw percentage.
HAYWOOD TO PLAY AS A GRADUATE STUDENT
Senior Marcell Haywood will become the second Seminole men’s basketball player in the last two years to play as a graduate student when he begins practicing with the Seminoles this fall. He earned his undergraduate degree in information systems in April of 2002 and began working toward his master’s degree in sports management in May. Haywood played in a career-high 25 games last season (including all 16 regular season ACC games) as Florida State’s primary back-up point guard to the record-setting Delvon Arrington. He averaged a career-high 5.4 minutes played per game and will be playing his fourth season as a member of the team in 2002-03.
MCPHERSON TO PLAY BASKETBALL
Sophomore point guard/quarterback Adrian McPherson is expected to continue his career as a two-sport star at Florida State as a member of the basketball and football teams during the 2002-03 season. He played in three games during his freshman season before deciding to concentrate on football as the Seminoles’ back-up quarterback. McPherson joined the basketball team for practice on Dec. 3 after the Seminoles’ football victory over Georgia Tech on Dec. 1 and participated in two-a-day practices with the football team in preparation for the Gator Bowl while he was practicing with the basketball team.
HAMILTON ADDS STELLAR RECRUITING CLASS
First-year head coach Leonard Hamilton welcomes a five-member recruiting class to Tallahassee this fall. The four-member class includes guard Nate Johnson (Kansas City, Mo.) guard Benson Callier (St. Petersburg, Fla.) forward Al Thornton (Perry, Ga.), guard Todd Galloway (Baltimore, Md.) and guard Tim Pickett (Daytona Beach, Fla.). Johnson, Collier and Thornton signed during the spring signing period, Pickett signed during the summer and Galloway signed a NLI during the early signing period.