July 13, 2004
LONG BEACH, Calif –
Tim Pickett, who earned All-America Honorable Mention and All-ACC First-Team honors as a Seminole during the 2004 season, scored nine points, pulled down five rebounds, had two assists and one steal against the Memphis Grizzlies summer league team as he made his professional debut as a member of the NBA Stars team in the Southern California Summer Pro League July 12.
Pickett started for the NBA Stars and earned just over 25 minutes of playing time mainly at the point guard position. He shot three-of-eight from the field including one-of-four from the 3-point line and was a perfect two-of-two from the free throw line in his teams 99-79 loss. Pickett’s team includes J.R. Smith, the first-round draft choice of the New Orleans Hornets, and is coached by the Hornets’ director of player personnel Jeff Bower. Pickett was the Hornets’ second round choice (44th pick overall) in June’s NBA Draft.
Most of the players competing in the two-week tournament are rookie and first and second-year players and veterans hoping to get an invitation to an NBA training camp. The games are being played at Long Beach State University. Also playing on Pickett’s team are former Clemson standout Sharone Wright and former Virginia center Olden Polinice.
Pickett and the NBA Stars are schedule to play five more regular season games before the playoffs and championship July 24.
Pickett led Florida State to the second round of the NIT as a senior in 2004. He averaged a team-leading 16.5 points and 2.5 steals per game as a senior. He will long be remembered as one of the most exciting players in Florida State men’s basketball history and the preeminent building block in Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s mission of making the Seminoles a program of significance in college basketball.