Sept. 10, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
As the Florida State basketball team continues to create a name for itself on the court, its players continue to excel in the classroom. Junior Andrew Wilson and sophomore Von Wafer were recently named to the prestigious All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball team. The Seminoles were one of seven league teams to have multiple team members honored by the ACC.
Throughout Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s tenure career he has stressed the importance of succeeding both on the court and in the classroom and his players have followed through on that principle. During Hamilton’s first three years at Florida State, 100 percent (eight of eight) of the seniors eligible to graduate have earned their degrees. While at Miami (1991-2000), Hamilton saw more than 90 percent (28 of 31) of his seniors earn their degrees.
Wilson earned his undergraduate degree in sport management in April of 2004 and is currently enrolled in the sports management graduate program. He will play his final two years of eligibility as a graduate student after taking two medical redshirt seasons in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
Wilson made a significant contribution to the Seminoles as he averaged 4.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and nearly one assist a game while playing in 32 of Florida State’s 33 games. Wilson is regarded as one of the hardest working players on the team and received the Mr. Hustle award at the team’s annual banquet in 2004.
Wilson enjoyed the best game of his career against North Carolina (Feb. 21, 2004) as he poured in a career-high 24 points on a career-high and school record for ACC games seven 3-point field goals made. His 24 points marked the most he had scored since totaling 11 against Savannah State Nov. 24, 2002.
Wafer, a sophomore, finished his freshman year ranked third on the team with a 7.9 points per game average. He continues to impress those around him both on and off the court.
Wafer made 43 3-point shots during the 2003-04 season to rank first among freshmen in the ACC. Wafer’s 43 3-point shots made were the second highest total by a freshman in Florida State history. His total placed him only four 3-point shots from tying Tharon Mayes for the all-time lead. Mayes made 46 from the bonusphere during the 1988 season.
Seniors Orenn Fells, Nate Johnson, Michael Joiner, Mike Mathews and Tim Pickett – all members of the Seminoles’ 2004 NIT team – earned their degrees within the last year. Mathews earned his degree in August of 2003 while Fells, Johnson, Joiner and Pickett earned theirs in April of 2004.
2003-04 All ACC Academic Basketball Team
Von Wafer, Florida State
Andrew Wilson, Florida State
Akin Akingbala, Clemson
Engin Atsur, NC State
Todd Billet, Virginia
Chris Duhon, Duke
Ilian Evtimov, NC State
Nick Horvath, Duke
Marvin Lewis, Georgia Tech
Kyle Vissor, Wake Forest
Majestic Mapp, Virginia
Chris Paul, Wake Forest
Shawan Robinson, Clemson
Byron Sanders, North Carolina