TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The official beginning of men’s basketball practice at Florida State for the 2017-18 season is set for Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and the Seminoles hosting to the ninth annual Jam with Ham at on Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Tully Gymnasium on the Florida State campus. The event is free and open to the public and take fans back to the 1980’s as the much anticipated new season begins to take shape for the Seminoles.
The 1980’s theme will be complete with neon lights, music by Michael Jackson and Madonna, Bon Jovi and Motley Crue, a special rendition of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” first performed by the Supergroup Band Aid, and a special Pac-Man contest which will lead fans to special prizes and giveaways. A special costume contest for the best dressed character from the Super Mario video game will be judged by the Seminole coaching staff and produce the biggest prize of the night.
New to the event this year will be the McDonald’s Dunk Contest which will allow a Florida State student to become involved the always-popular dunk contest with the Seminole players. Possible contestants are asked to submit their best dunks to a committee of Florida State players who will select the guest dunker. Clear video of dunks should be submitted to be judged via social media using #jamwithham.
Led by Hamilton, the two-time ACC Coach of the Year and the eighth-winningest coach in ACC history, the Seminoles return a strong group of players that helped them to a 26-9 overall record; 12-6 record in ACC play. Forward Terance Mann returns as the Seminoles’ leading scorer (8.4 ppg) and rebounder (4.5 rpg) after starting 34 of 35 games as a sophomore. Mann has played in 69 games during the first two seasons of his career.
Sophomores CJ Walker and Trent Forrest, along with junior college transfers Braian Angola and PJ Savoy will anchor the Seminoles’ backcourt while 7-4 center Christ Koumadje patrols the paint.
The Seminoles’ recruiting class – headlined by McDonald’s All-American M.J. Walker – is once again one of the top groups of newcomers in the ACC. Joining Walker is 7-0 newcomer Ike Obiagu, 6-8 power forward RaiQuan Gray, guard Anthony Polite and forward Wyatt Wilkes.