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Sept. 28, 2013

Florida State’s senior class, Okaro White, Ian Miller, Kiel Turpin and Robert Gilchrist, enters the 2013-14 season looking to lead their team back to the NCAA Tournament – an event the Seminoles have played in during four of the last five seasons. White and Miller, a pair of fourth-year Seminoles, along with Turpin and Gilchrist, two junior college transfers, have all played in the postseason and will look to close their careers in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State played in a school record four consecutive NCAA Tournaments (2009-2012) and won the ACC Championship in 2012 before playing in the NIT in 2013. White and Miller lead an experienced group of nine veterans into the season as Florida State looks to continue its standing as the third winningest program in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season.

Called by many the best conference in the history of college basketball, Florida State will play in the new look ACC with the additions of perennial national powers Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse to their already incredibly tough conference schedule. The Seminoles will face each of the 14 teams in the ACC at least once and will play two games each against NCAA Tournament participant Miami, NIT participants Maryland and Virginia along with Clemson in home-and home series against those four teams. The additions of Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse to the league beginning with the upcoming 2013-14 season has made the ACC arguably the best college basketball conference in the nation. The Seminoles will now face the No. 3 (North Carolina), No. 4 (Duke) and No. 5 (Syracuse) winningest programs of all time annual basis. Defending national champion Louisville will join the ACC next year and be on Florida State’s schedule for the 2014-15 season.

All-American candidate Okaro White, the only Seminole to start all 34 games for the 2012-13 season, is Florida State’s leading returner in five different statistical categories including scoring, field goals made, rebounding, steals and minutes played. White led the Seminoles in both rebounding (201 rebounds / 5.4 rpg) and steals (33 steals) for the 2012-13 season. He finished in the top 20 in the 2013 ACC statistics in rebounding. Senior Kiel Turpin, Florida State’s leading returning shot blocker with 43 blocks in 2013, finished in eighth place in the blocked shots category and is the fourth leading returning shot blocker in the ACC for the 2013-14 season. Sophomore Boris Bojanovsky, the Seminoles’ third leading shot blocker during the 2013 season, ranked fifth among freshmen in the ACC in shots blocked last season with 25 blocks in 33 games played.

What The Seminoles Return For the 2013-14 Season
Category Returning Pct. FSU Leader Notes

FG Made 510 of 780 .654 Okaro White 4 of top 5 shooters return
Scoring 1,466 of 2,278 .644 Okaro White 4 of top 5 scorers return
Minutes 4,770 of 6,799 .702 Okaro White 4 of top 5 MP returns
Steals 137 of 210 .652 Okaro White 3 of top 5 stealers return
Assists 295 of 385 .766 Devon Bookert 4 of top 5 assists men return
Rebounding 668 of 1,052 .635 Okaro White 3 of top 5 rebounders return
Blocked Shots 142 of 172 .826 Kiel Turpin 3 of top 5 blockers return

All-American candidate Okaro White, who has played in a team high 103 career games, started 59 of the last 103 Seminoles game and has started a team high 59 games entering the 2013-14 season. The Seminoles’ nine returning letter winners have played in a total of 398 games with a total of 106 career starting assignments spread out among three players – White (59), Kiel Turpin (25) and Montay Brandon (22). The Seminoles are 66-37 overall (.641 winning percentage), 32-18 in the ACC (.640 winning percentage) and have played in two consecutive NCAA Tournaments with its current group of true senior veterans on the roster.

Florida State's Games Played Chart
Player            GP    GS    Notes
Okaro White       103   59    Started all 34 games in 2012-13/ Started 12 games in 11-12
Ian Miller        75    5     Has played in five career NCAA Tournament games
Kiel Turpin       34    25    Played in 34 games as a redshirt Junior/Started 25 games in 2012-13
Aaron Thomas      34    12    Played in 34 games as a freshman / Started 12 games in 2012-13
Devon Bookert     34    11    Played in 34 games as a freshman / Started 11 games in 2012-13
Montay Brandon    33    22    Started in 22 games as a freshman / 19 of 20 ACC games
Boris Bojanovsky  33    0     Played in 33 games as a freshman / 19 of 20 ACC games
Michael Ojo       27    9     Played in 27 games as a freshman / 18 of 20 ACC games
Robert Gilchrist  25    0     Played in 25 games as a freshman/ 17 of 20 ACC games
Totals            398   143   19 combined postseason games experience (NCAA & NIT)

Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last eight years (since the start of the 2005-06 season) in total games played with 174 wins. The Seminoles average 21.8 wins per season with records of 20-10 (2005-06), 22-13 (2006-07), 19-15 (2007-08), 25-10 (2008-09), 22-10 (2009-10), 23-11 (2010-11), 25-10 (2011-12) and 18-16 (2012-13).

In the last five seasons, Florida State is 52-30 (.634 winning percentage) and has finished in third place in the league standings three times in regular season ACC play. The Seminoles average 10.4 ACC regular season wins per season and have finished in the top four of the ACC standings four times in the last five seasons. Florida State is third in the ACC in conference wins with 52, third in winning percentage at .634 and tied for second (with North Carolina) with four top-four league standing finishes in the last five seasons.

Leonard Hamilton, who led Florida State to the 2012 ACC Championship and cemented the Seminoles as the third winningest program in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season, has earned a contract extension that will keep him as the Seminoles’ head basketball coach through the 2016-17 season. “I am extremely thankful to President Eric Barron and our administration for allowing us to continue to build upon the foundation that we have worked so hard to put into place in my first 11 years at Florida State,” said Hamilton. “We are excited for our university and our basketball program as we enter a new era in the Atlantic Coast Conference which is now the best league in the history of college basketball.” Hamilton, the two-time ACC Coach of the Year (2009 and 2012), has led Florida State to new heights since being named the Seminoles’ head coach on March 19, 2002. “We are excited to have Coach Hamilton continue to lead our basketball program at Florida State through the 2016-17 season,” said Barron. “Coach Hamilton has led this program to unprecedented success including the first ACC Championship in school history and eight straight postseason appearances. He is the second-longest tenured coach in the conference and under his leadership FSU is in excellent position entering the new ACC, which is the strongest basketball conference in the nation.”

Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton, who has led the Seminoles to four of the last five NCAA Tournaments, was named as one of the nation’s top 30 coaches in a survey completed by Athlon Sports. He was rated as the sixth-best coach in the ACC and the 27th best coach in the nation by the sports publication. “Leonard Hamilton knows something about degree of difficulty: He has won a share of the Big East regular-season title at Miami and an ACC Tournament title at Florida State. After losing seasons in ACC play in five of his first six years at FSU, Hamilton has gone 52-30 in the conference in the last four seasons. The defensive-minded Hamilton turned FSU into a factor in the ACC.”

Florida State will play host to ACC newcomers Notre Dame and Syracuse for the first time in school history, host North Carolina and travel to play at Pittsburgh, Florida and Minnesota on its 2013-14 schedule. The Seminoles will play at least nine teams who played in last season’s NCAA Tournament, may play two of the Final Four participants and could play as many as 20 of its 30 regular season games against teams who played in a national postseason tournament a year ago. Florida State’s schedule in the new ACC with the additions of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse could be considered the toughest schedule the Seminoles have ever faced. A total of 15 teams that finished in the top 100 of the RPI a season ago – including No. 1 Duke, No. 4 Miami, No. 8 Florida, No. 10 Syracuse, No. 11 Michigan, No. 19 North Carolina, No. 26 VCU and No. 30 Minnesota — are on the Seminoles’ schedule.

Senior All-American candidate Okaro White, who has played in 103 consecutive games, enters his senior season looking to move up the Seminoles all-time career charts in a number of statistical categories. He has never missed a game during his career and needs only 34 games played to become Florida State’s all-time leader in the games played category, is ranked sixth in school history with a .799 career free throw shooting percentage, 19th in school history with 267 career free throws made and 21st in school history with 67 career blocked shots.

Where White Stands In Florida State’s Record Book…

…Okaro White enters his senior season with 912 career points and needs only 88 points to become only the 43rd player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points;
…Okaro White enters his senior season ranked sixth in school history with a .799 career free throw shooting percentage. He is looking to become one of only six players in school history to have a free throw shooting percentage of 80 percent or better for his career;
…Okaro White enters his senior season ranked 19th in school history with 267 career free throws made. He needs only 33 made free throws to become the 14th player in school history with 300 or more career free throws made;
…Okaro White enters his senior season ranked 21st in school history with 67 career blocked shots. He needs only 33 blocked shots to become the 13th player in school history with 100 or more blocked shots and needs only 18 to move into the Seminoles’ top 15 for career blocked shots.

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