Determined FSU turns back Florida Gulf Coast in NIT opener, 58-53
Short-handed Seminole men focused on reversing skid against Hokies
Seminoles travel to play at Charlotte on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Seminoles participate in Homecoming festivities.
Home game vs Charlotte
USATSI: Florida State vs. Charlotte - 12/17/13
ON HOPKINS: A member of two postseason tournament teams (NIT in 2013 and 2014) and helped Florida State to 40 overalls wins in his two seasons as a member of the Florida State basketball team...graduated from Florida State in August of 2013 with a bachelor's degree in social science...played in a career-high 13 games during the 2013-14 season after a redshirt season in 2012-13...added much needed depth to the Seminoles' line-up as a junior during the 2013-14 season...his knowledge of the Seminoles' offensive and defensive systems was a bonus for head coach Leonard Hamilton in the second half of the season as Florida State made its run to the Final Four of the NIT...the final game of his junior season was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City...his play was never more important in his Seminoles than against Maryland in the 2014 ACC Tournament...earned three minutes of playing time and scored three points as Florida State rallied to defeat the Seminoles and advance to the quarterfinal round of the event...played one season at Tallahassee Community College before transferring to Florida State and joining the Seminoles program as a walk-on member of the team...played in 28 games during the 2011-12 season at TCC and helped lead the Eagles to a 15-13 record and a 3-9 mark in Panhandle Conference play...
AS A JUNIOR (2014): Averaged 0.5 points (tied for 11th on the team), 0.2 rebounds (tied for 11th) and 1.9 minutes while playing in a career-high 13 games in helping Florida State to the semifinals of the NIT...played in a single-season career-high 13 games including four ACC games as he earned playing time for the Seminoles for the first time in his career...earned playing time for the first time in his career with one minute in the Seminoles' season opening victory over Jacksonville (Nov. 8)...Florida State was 10-3 in the 13 games during which he earned playing time as a junior... scored at least one point in three different games - one point against UT Martin, two points against Charlotte and three points against Maryland in the ACC Tournament...scored three points in five non-conference games and totaled three points in five games against ACC competition...
JOELL HOPKINS'S CAREER STATISTICS
Joell Hopkins' Career Highs PTS 3 vs. Maryland (3-13-14) FGM 1 vs. Maryland (3-13-14) 1 vs. Charlotte (12-17-13) FGA 2 vs. Charlotte (12-17-13) 2 vs. Jacksonville State (12-8-13) FG% .500 vs. Charlotte (12-17-13) 3FGM 3FGA 1 vs. Jacksonville State (12-8-13) 1 vs. UT Martin (11-17-13) 3FG% FTM 1 vs. Maryland (3-13-14) 1 vs. UT Martin (11-17-13) FTA 3 vs. Maryland (3-13-14) FT% .500 vs. Maryland (3-13-14) .500 vs. UT Martin (11-17-13) OR 1 vs. Maryland (3-13-14) DR 1 vs. Maryland (1-12-14) REBS 1 vs. Maryland (3-13-14) 1 vs. Maryland (1-12-14) AST BLK STL MIN 4 vs. Florida Gulf Coast (3-18-14) 4 vs. Charlotte (12-17-13) 4 vs. UT Martin (11-17-13)
...first career point came on a made free throw in Florida State's victory over UT-Martin (Nov. 17) and his first career field goal came in Florida State's 106-62 victory over Charlotte in Tallahassee (Dec. 17)...his first career point was recorded as Florida State's final point in its 89-61 win over UT-Martin...he made his first career free throw to extend the Seminoles lead to 28 points and give the team their third regular season win of the season...his first career made field goal came on a dunk with 1:06 remaining in Florida State's victory over Charlotte at home...his basket punctuated the Seminoles' victory and was recorded as Florida State's season-high 106th point of the game...scored at least one point in three different games - one point against UT Martin, two points against Charlotte and three points against Maryland in the ACC Tournament...made free throws came twice - in wins over UT-Martin and against Maryland in the ACC Tournament...his first career basket against an ACC team came in Florida State's 67-65 victory over Maryland in the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum (March 13)...added his first career rebound in the Seminoles' 87-65 win over No. 10 VCU in the first round of the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan, Puerto Rico...his career high of three points came in the Seminoles' victory over Maryland in the ACC Tournament as his three first half points allowed Florida State to stay in the second round game against the Terps and trail by on 34-32 at halftime despite four players (starters Okaro White and Aaron Thomas and reserves Devon Bookert and Robert Gilchrist) saddled with two fouls each...Hopkins entered the game with 2:52 remaining in the half and the Seminoles down 30-27...the half ended with Hopkins still on the court and the Seminoles down by only two...Florida State outscored Maryland, 5-4, with Hopkins in the line-up and scoring three of its five points during the stretch...Florida State outscored Maryland, 34-31 in the second half and won the game on a monstrous dunk with 0.4 second left in the game by sophomore Boris Bojanovsky...played his career high of four minutes in Florida State's NIT victory over Florida Gulf Coast and in its regular season victories over UT Martin and Charlotte...(vs. Duke): Earned one minute of playing time in Florida State's only game of the season against NCAA Tournament participant Duke...was inserted into the game in the final minute as Duke defeated the Seminoles, 78-56, at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham (Jan. 25)...did not record any statistics in the game...(vs. Maryland): Earned playing time in all three of Florida State's games against Maryland during the season...the Seminoles played the Terps during the regular season in Tallahassee, in College Park and in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro...averaged 1.0 points, 0.7 rebounds and 2.0 minutes played as Florida State won two of three games played against the Terps...totaled one rebound in two minutes of playing time in helping Florida State to the 85-61 win over Maryland in Tallahassee (Jan. 12)...played the final two minutes of the Seminoles' victory at home during which they made an ACC record 16 3-point shots...earned one minute of playing time in the Seminoles' game at Maryland (Feb. 8)...the Terps defeated the Seminoles, 83-71, at the Comcast Center in College Park....playing time came in the second half as Florida State outscored Maryland, 42-37, as it worked itself back into the game after trailing at the intermission...the most important outing of his career was a three points, one rebound performance in the Seminoles' victory over Maryland in the second round of the 2014 ACC Tournament (March 13)... Hopkins entered the game with 2:52 remaining in the half and the Seminoles down 30-27...the half ended with Hopkins still on the court and the Seminoles down by only two...Florida State outscored Maryland, 5-4, with Hopkins in the line-up and scoring three of its five points during the stretch...Hopkins made his first career basket against an ACC team at the 2:30 mark on a jumper to bring Florida State to within three at 30-27...scored his third point of the game at the 2:04 mark on one of two made free throws after he was fouled by Jonathan Graham...made the first of two free throws to draw the Seminoles to within two at 30-28...despite trailing by as many as five points in the last five minutes of play, the Seminoles were within two at 34-32 at halftime...Florida State outscored Maryland, 34-31 in the second half and won the game on a monstrous dunk with 0.4 second left in the game by sophomore Boris Bojanovsky...(vs. Virginia Tech): Earned one minute of playing time against Virginia Tech in the only meeting of the season between the two teams...Florida State won the game, 70-50, at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee (Feb. 5)...(In One Game During the Puerto Rico-Tip-Off): Totaled one minute of play in three games as Florida State finished in third place at the 2013 Puerto Rico Ti-Off...earned playing time in the Seminoles' victory over No. 10 VCU...Florida State also defeated Northeastern but fell to No. 13 Michigan in overtime in the event in San Juan Puerto Rico...(vs. VCU): Totaled one minute of playing time and one rebound in Florida State's resounding victory over No. 10 VCU in the first round of the 2013 Puerto Rick Tip-Off (Nov. 21)...one rebound came with 51 seconds left to play and the Seminoles holding am 85-67 lead - their final margin of the game...(In Three Games During The NIT): Earned playing time in three of Florida State's four game in the 2013 NIT...helped the Seminoles earn victories over Florida Gulf Coast and Louisiana Tech while also earning playing time in Florida State's semifinal game against Minnesota in a game played at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City...totaled six minutes of playing time in his three appearances as Florida State defeated Florida Gulf Coast, Georgetown and Louisiana Tech to reach the national semifinals in New York where the Seminoles lost to Minnesota....(vs. Florida Gulf Coast): Tied his career high with four minutes of playing time in the Seminoles' victory over Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the NIT...the Seminoles rallied from as much as a six point second half deficit to top the Eagles by a 58-53 score (March 18)...entered the game at the 12:36 mark of the first half - the earliest he had ever been inserted into a game - and played four minutes in the first half...helped the Seminoles build as much as a seven point first half lead and take a 24-19 advantage at halftime...his play was important as the Eagles rallied to take as much as a six point lead in the second half before the Seminoles urged back to take the victory...(vs. Louisiana Tech): Earned one minute of playing time as Florida State topped Louisiana Tech to advance to the semifinals of the NIT...the Seminoles defeated the Bulldogs, 78-75, at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee (March 26)...his playing time came in the second half as Florida State worked back from as much as a seven point hole to beat the Bulldogs and move into the semifinals of the tournament for only the second time in school history...(vs. Minnesota): Earned one minute of playing time against Minnesota in the semifinals of the NIT in a game played in the famed basketball arena of Madison Square Garden...Minnesota rallied in overtime to top the Seminoles 67-64 and end their season (April 1)...Hopkins was inserted into the game in the overtime period as the Gophers outscored Florida State, 7-4, in the extra session to win the game...
AS A SOPHOMORE (2013): Did not play in any games as a redshirt member of the team...traveled with the team to every game and participated in practice every day as a member of the scout team...his dedication to improving as a player was on display each day as he was one of the first Seminoles in the gym and one of the last to leave the court after practice.
AT TALLAHASSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Played one season at Tallahassee Community College in 2011-12 before transferring to Florida State...earned All-Panhandle Conference Second Team honors in leading the Eagles to a 15-13 record...the Eagles were 3-9 in Panhandle Conference play but did not qualify for the state tournament playoffs...averaged 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and shot 54 percent from the field in his only season as an Eagle...totaled his junior college career high of 20 points in TCC's season opening victory over Gordon (Ga.) College, 96-63...totaled career bests for field goals made (six), field goals attempted (eight), 3-point field goals made (one), free throws made (seven) and tied his career high with two steals in the Eagles' win...his career high of eight rebounds came against Shelton State as he pulled down a career high tying five defensive rebounds...scored his Panhandle Conference career high of 12 points on five made field goals against Northwest Florida State College...his conference career high of five rebounds came in two different games against Gulf Coast Community College...made a career-high tying seven free throws against three teams: Gordon College, Miami Dade College and Shelton State...blocked eight shots during the season with one blocked shot coming in eight different games including one each in two games against Daytona State College...totaled a career-high tying two steals in four different games including two each against Gordon and Northwest Florida State College...was TCC's leading scorer with 15 points (including nine in the first half) in a 60-56 loss to Pensacola State College which was ranked No. 2 in the state of Florida and No. 8 in the nation at the time of the game.
AT RAVENSCROFT SCHOOL: Graduated from the Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, N.C. in 2011...was a North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISSA) 3A All-State selection and was named the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference (TISAC) All-Conference Player of the Year in 2011...helped lead the Ravens to the 2011 NCISSA 3A Championship...led Ravenscroft to conference regular season and conference tournament championships during his senior season...led Ravenscroft to the league tournament championship with a 74-44 win over North Raleigh Christian Academy...earned TISAC All-Conference First Team honors as a senior...played in the 20th Annual Charlotte Pro-Am Basketball Tournament following his senior season...averaged 8.5 points in leading Ravenscroft to a 22-6 record as a junior in 2010...named to the highschoolot.com All Private School First Team following his junior season...the player of the year on that team was C.J. Leslie of NC State...scored a team high 19 points (with 10 coming in the first quarter) in the Raven's 65-46 win over Durham Academy during his junior season...helped lead Ravenscroft to the championship of the prestigious GlaxcoSmithKline Holiday Classic during his senior season...was the first time Ravenscroft had earned the tournament championship of the GlaxcoSmithKline Classic.
AT MILLBROOK: Attended Millbrook High School in Raleigh, N.C. in 2007 and 2008 before transferring to the Ravenscroft School...helped the Wildcats to state playoff appearances in both of his seasons on the varsity...Millbrook earned a first round appearance in 2007 and advanced to the second round in 2008...Helped Millbrook to a regular season CAP 7 conference championship in 2008.
PERSONAL: Born June 26, 1992...Joell is the son of Pamela and Joel Hopkins...earned Dean's List honors during the fall 2011 season at TCC.