TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Trent Forrest is a preseason All-ACC Second Team selection, and the Seminole men’s basketball team is picked to finish in fifth place in the 2019-20 ACC standings in a vote by the attending members of the media at ACC Operation Basketball which was held October 8 at the Center City Marriott in Charlotte, N.C.
Florida State begins its season on November 6 at Pittsburgh – the first time in school history it will play a conference game to open a season. The Seminoles are 16-1 in season openers under 18th-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles are one of six teams in the nation (Florida State, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan, Purdue and Texas Tech) who have advanced at least as far as the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in both of the last two seasons. The Seminoles advanced to the Elite Eight in 2018 and to the Sweet 16 in 2019.
Florida State enters the 2019-20 season looking to play in its school-record tying fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament.
The Seminoles, who finished in fourth place in the ACC standings in the 2018-19 season, finished with a 29-8 record and a 13-5 record in ACC play. The 29 wins and 13 ACC victories established school records for overall and conference wins in a single season. Florida State played in the ACC Championship Game and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season in 2019. The Seminoles advanced to the Elite Eight in 2018.
Florida State has finished in the top of the ACC standings in two of the last three seasons with a second place finish in 2017 and a fourth place finish in 2019.
Forrest, who earned All-NCAA Tournament West Regional Honors in 2019, enters the upcoming season tied for ninth in school history with 165 career steals and 14th in school history with 331 career assists. He is one of only six players in school history (Charlie Ward, Delvon Arrington, Bob Sura, Tony Jackson and Devon Bookert) who is ranked in the top-15 in Florida State’s history in both statistical categories. Forrest begins the 2019-20 season needing only 31 assists to move into the top-10 for both steals and assists in Florida State history – making him one of four players in school history (Arrington, Sura and Ward) to rank among the Seminoles’ top 10 in both career assists and career steals.
With 334 career victories during his tenure at Florida State, Hamilton begins the 2019-20 season as the seventh all-time winningest coach in ACC history. He enters the season needing only 15 wins to move into sixth place in ACC history (passing Maryland’s Lefty Driesell) and needs only 16 wins to become just the sixth coach in the illustrious history of the nation’s best basketball conference to win 350 career ACC games.
Season tickets for the 2019-20 season, which includes six non-conference games and a 10-game home ACC schedule, are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by visiting seminoles.com or by calling the Florida State Ticket office at 1-888-378-6653.
ACC Preseason Order of Finish (first-place votes in parentheses)
Preseason All-ACC Team
Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 95
Tre Jones, Duke, 89
Cole Anthony, North Carolina, 81
John Mooney, Notre Dame, 51
Mamadi Diakite, Virginia, 49
Markell Johnson, NC State, 39
Vernon Carey Jr., Duke, 19
Chris Lykes, Miami, 18
Garrison Brooks, North Carolina, 11
Trent Forrest, Florida State, 11
Preseason ACC Freshman of the Year
Cole Anthony, North Carolina, 89
Preseason ACC Player of the Year
Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 55