November 11, 2002
|1993||12-4 (2)||25-10||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1997||6-10 (7)||20-12||NIT Final Four|
|1998||6-10 (6)||18-14||NIT 2nd Round|
x won ACC title
- returning starter
Michael Joiner, the team's most productive returnee, nearly transferred shortly after Leonard Hamilton was hired. The two finally came to terms late in the spring. Joiner responded by losing 20 pounds and emerging as a team leader and likely the most significant contributor among six returning players. As a freshman, forward Anthony Richardson showed he was both the most dynamic and inconsistent player on the roster. He's having a difficult time getting his arms around Hamilton's schemes, and he still lacks the discipline demanded at both ends of the floor.
Other Key Returnees
Frontcourt mates Trevor Harvey and Mike Mathews have the physical tools (re: they can run the floor and block shots) to play in Hamilton's system but are having a difficult adjustment period. Because of a lack of depth, the Seminoles may have to live with their inconsistencies. Adam Waleskowski provides effort and intensity but can be a defensive liability away from the basket. The biggest surprise of the group in the preseason was Andrew Wilson, who provides energy and the inside-out ability to create matchup problems against smaller wing guards.
It has been years since the Seminoles had a consistent perimeter threat, but juco transfer Tim Pickett should fill that void. A fine shooter who isn't opposed to applying pressure at the defensive end, Pickett likely will land a starting spot and play a prominent role on offense. Fellow transfer Nate Johnson was recruited to run the offense from the point, ahead of freshman Todd Galloway, a Steve Robinson signee. A floor leader first, Johnson benefits from playing for one of Hamilton's former Miami assistants in the juco ranks and knows what is expected. Swingman Benson Callier has the athletic ability to play in the ACC but lacks polish because he played only one year of high school ball. A high-riser with a suspect jumper, he'll have to make his mark on defense and offensively in transition, where he is a spectacular finisher.
Also Worth Noting
With a reputation for building with defense, Hamilton favored games played in the 60- or 70-point range while at Miami and Oklahoma State. That's a good thing, since he must replace 68 percent of FSU's scoring from last season. Don't be too surprised if Hamilton adjusts quickly to his new surroundings. He coached head-up against Pete Gillen and Matt Doherty in the Big East, where Paul Hewitt was a top assistant. He also recruited a number of ACC players, including Steve Blake, Marvin Lewis, Josh Howard and Marcus Melvin. Last season FSU committed just 537 fouls. Only UNC (514) committed fewer. The Tar Heels (574) and Seminoles (602) were at the bottom of the league in free throw attempts as well, indicative of their passiveness. Expect those marks to change dramatically at FSU, as Hamilton deploys a 10-player rotation and extends pressure defense to 45 feet and perhaps beyond. Assistant coaches Stan Jones, Mike Jaskulski and Tony Sheals have a combined 41 years of college experience, 15 as head coaches.
CHART BY: THE FSU INSIDER