June 29, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
…The Los Angeles Lakers select Von Wafer of Florida State University. Wafer became the second Seminole in as many years to hear his name called on draft night and only the 12th player in school history to be selected in the first or second round of the NBA Draft. Wafer was the ninth pick of the second round and one of nine ACC players to realize his life-long dream of being selected to play in the NBA.
As a sophomore, Wafer was an early entrant candidate for the draft after playing two seasons under head coach Leonard Hamilton at Florida State. He averaged 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals during his sophomore season at Florida State. He led the team and ranked tenth in the ACC with a career-high 65 3-point field goals made and a career-high .396 shooting percentage from long range. Wafer’s 65 3-point field goals rank third all-time among Seminole sophomores while his 164 3-point field goal attempts ranked second among sophomores in school history.
Wafer finished the 2004-05 season ranked 24th in the ACC in scoring as he established single-season career highs for field goals made (124), field goals attempted (284), field goal shooting percentage (.437), 3-point field goals made (65), 3-point field goals attempted (84), 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.396), free throws made (49, free throws attempted (.68), free throw shooting percentage (.721), defensive rebounds (68), total rebounds (73), rebounds per game average (2.5), assists (48), blocked shots (eight), steals (30), total point scored (362) and points per game average (12.5 ppg). He led the Seminoles with one 30-points scored game, six games with 20 or more points scored and led the team in scoring 13 times during his second season as a Seminole.
Wafer became the 19th Hamilton-coached player selected in the NBA Draft. Wafer joins Tim Pickett, who was the 44th overall selection in the 2004 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets, as Seminoles who have been selected in the last two seasons.
Wafer and Pickett are the first Seminoles to be picked in consecutive seasons since Charlie Ward (1994 by the New York Knicks) and Bob Sura (1995 by the Cleveland Cavaliers) during the mid 90’s. Wafer is the 35th Seminole to earn draft status in the history of the program.
The Lakers, who finished 34-48 during the 2004-05 season, had three picks during the draft. With the 10th pick in the first round, the Lakers selected high school center Andrew Bynum (St. Joseph’s High School/Metuchen, N.J.) and took forward Ronny Turiaf (Gonzaga University) with the seventh pick (37th overall) in the second round) before choosing Wafer.
Wafer is the third Seminole selected by the Lakers in the history of the draft. Tony Jackson was taken by the Lakers in the fourth round of the 1980 draft while Elvis Rolle was taken by the Lakers in the second round of the 1981 draft. Former Seminole Irv Thomas signed as a free agent with the Lakers and played two seasons in Los Angeles (1990 and 1991) during his professional career.