FSU men's basketball team dispatches Jacksonville State, 77-53
The Seminoles nearly knocked off yet another top-15 team this season Friday night in Gainesville, Fla.
Statistically improved 'Noles will get Puerto Rico barometer reading
Florida State men's basketball team earns early-season road victory Wednesday night in Orlando
Hamilton sees potential for "something special" from his 12th FSU squad
Pronounced: Michael O-Joe
ON OJO: An integral piece of Florida State's team as he continues to improve for his upcoming sophomore season and for the remainder of his career as a Seminole...improved as much as any player ever has under Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton and his continued development is crucial to the overall success of the Florida State program...one of the strongest players in the history of the Seminole program who at 7-1 and 292 pounds still has plenty of room to grow...will play well with his body mass as his conditioning continues to improve...is physically capable of handling and dishing out his strength to the big men and big front lines in the ACC and on the Seminoles' always national schedule...his strength and unusual size allows him to compete with many of college basketball's most accomplished big men because he is so tough to move off of the blocks...is working on developing his foot speed and quickness which will allow him to flourish as a defender in Florida State's system...is working on developing his explosiveness in order to outwork his opponents for position on the floor both offensively and defensively...already has the wingspan and the strength to defend any player in the country but needs to develop the quickness and foot speed in order to outwork other players...his increased quickness will also help him rotate to the ball within the Seminoles' system...his increased quickness will also allow him to help his teammates in many help defense situations and recover to his position and guard his man more efficiently...his progress as a basketball player has come relatively quickly and he has yet to scratch the surface of what his potential is according to Hamilton...with their history of coaching big men into talent way beyond their years, Hamilton and his staff have one of the great students of the game on their hands who will certainly develop into one of the top post players in all of college basketball during his career...a very high character student athlete who fits in very well with the players on Florida State's roster...with his 7-8 wingspan, he can nearly touch the rim without jumping...presented with the Unsung Hero Award by the Seminoles' coaching staff at Florida State's annual Honors Banquet in 2013...named to the 2013 ACC Academic Honor Roll...earned the Golden Torch Award for basketball in 2013...the award recognizes the top academic performer on each of Florida State's 21 varsity teams on an annual basis.
MICHAEL OJO'S CAREER STATISTICS
Loading...AS A FRESHMAN (2013): Averaged 0.7 points (13th on the team) and 1.0 rebound (tied for 11th) in 27 games during his first season at Florida State...inserted into the starting line-up on February 13 against Miami and was a starter for the Seminoles in nine of the final 11 games of the season...averaged 5.0 minutes played per game and played in double figure minutes in three different games including a career high 17 minutes in the Seminoles' home game against Miami...scored his career high of three points in that home game against Miami (Feb. 13) and also in Florida State's victory over Maine (Dec. 9) in Tallahassee...his career-high of three rebounds came in three ACC games - in wins over Wake Forest (Feb. 26) and Maryland (Jan. 30) and at Miami (Jan. 27)...career high one assist in three different games - against Buffalo (Nov. 12), NC State (Feb. 19) during the regular season and against Clemson in the ACC Tournament (March 14)...career high one steal in three different games - in wins over Buffalo (Nov. 12), Maryland (Jan. 30) and NC State (March 9)...(vs. Boston College): A starter and played five minutes in Florida State's only game of the season against Boston College...the Seminoles led by as many as 12 in the first half, led by a 31-26 score at halftime and won the game, 69-66, in Tallahassee (Feb. 16)...blocked one of his seven shots during the season early in the first half to as the Seminoles jumped out to an early lead...(vs. Clemson): Averaged 0.0 points and 0.7 rebounds in three games against Clemson...the Seminoles and the Tigers met twice during the regular season in both Clemson and Tallahassee and in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. ...pulled down two rebounds and blocked one shot as the Seminoles defeated the Tigers in all three games during the season to mark the first time the Seminoles had won three games against the Tigers in the same season in school history...totaled zero points and one rebound in two minutes of playing time in his first career ACC game...the Seminoles led by as many as 16 in the first half in opening their ACC schedule with a 71-66 win at Clemson (Jan. 5)...scored zero points, pulled down one rebound and blocked one shot in five minutes of play as Florida State defeated Clemson, 60-57, in Tallahassee (Jan. 24)...his first half blocked shot was one of the Seminoles' nine blocked shots in the game...Florida State rallied from as much as a 13-point first half deficit and a 29-21 halftime deficit to outscore the Tigers 39-28 in the second half to take the win at home...scored zero points, zero rounds and was credited with one of his three assists during his first season as a Seminole...Florida State rallied in the second half to outscore the Tigers by nine and gain the 73-69 win over the Tigers in the first round of the ACC Tournament...earned the starting assignment in his first career ACC Tournament game in the Seminoles win that allowed them to advance to the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament for the seventh consecutive season...(vs. Duke): Scored two points and pulled down two rebounds in the Seminoles' only game of the season against NCAA Tournament participant Duke...the Blue Devils made 11 3-point shots in taking the 79-60 win over Florida State in Tallahassee (Feb. 2)...earned five minutes of playing time in the second half and scored his only basket of the game on a lay-up with 6:01 remaining in the game...(vs. Georgia Tech): Did not play in Florida State's only game of the season against Georgia Tech...the Seminoles topped the Yellow Jackets on a buzzer-beating, game-winning lay-up by Michael Snaer to take the 56-54 win on the road in Atlanta (Feb. 5)...(vs. Maryland): Averaged 1.0 point, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shot in two games against NIT participant Maryland...the Seminoles topped the Terps in both games played between the two teams - in College Park and in Tallahassee - to sweep the season series with a pair of comeback wins...scored zero points, pulled down zero rebounds and blocked one shot as Florida State record a 65-62 come-from-behind win over Maryland in College Park (Jan. 9)...the win gave the Seminoles a 2-0 record in ACC play with both wins coming on the road at Clemson and Maryland...his first half blocked shot was one of 13 by the Seminoles in the win...Florida State rallied from 12 points down in the first half and from a 36-27 deficit at the half to win the game...Florida State's All-American candidate Okaro White scored 15 consecutive points for the Seminoles in the second half as they rallied for the road win...scored two points and pulled down his career-high of three rebounds in 14 minutes of playing time in the Seminoles 73-71 win over Maryland in Tallahassee (Jan. 30)...his lone basket of the game came in the first half on a dunk that drew the Seminoles to within three at 23-20 with 7:19 remaining before halftime...on defense he earned three rebounds, one blocked shot and one steal in the first half to help draw the Seminoles into a 34-34 tie at halftime...seven minutes of playing time in both halves as he played 14 minutes in the win - his second highest total of minutes played during his freshman season...seven minutes played in the second half as Florida State outscored the Terps 39-37 in the second half...the Seminoles won the game as Michael Snaer hit another of his buzzer-beating, game winning 3-pont shots with 1.1 seconds remaining to give the Seminoles their final margin of victory...(vs. Miami): Averaged 2.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in two games played against NCAA Tournament participant and ACC Champion Miami...made two of his four free throws for the season and averaged 14.0 minutes played per game in the two game regular season series against the Hurricanes...Miami won both of the games during the season with wins in both Coral Gables and Tallahassee...scored one point on one made free throw in the Seminoles' 71-47 loss to Miami in Coral Gables (Jan. 27)...his one free throw came in the second half as Florida State battled back from a first half deficit...earned the first start of his career and scored a career-high tying three points in a career-high 17 minutes played as Florida State played host to Miami...the Hurricanes rallied from an 11-point first half deficit to top the Seminoles, 74-68, in Tallahassee (Feb. 13)...a first half free throw with 36 seconds left before halftime...his made free throw helped the Seminoles pull within eight at halftime (38-30) after falling behind by as many as 11 in the half...two points on a dunk helped spark a Seminole rally in the second half that saw them tie the game at 51-51 with 10:06 remaining in the game...the Seminoles outscored the Hurricanes 21-13 in the first 10 minutes of the second half but were unable to pull ahead on the scoreboard...(vs. North Carolina): Averaged 0.0 points and 0.0 rebounds in two games played against NCAA Tournament participant North Carolina...played in two of the three games against the Tar Heels with a starting assignment coming in Chapel Hill in the second game of the series...North Carolina won all three games against the Seminoles with wins coming in Tallahassee, Chapel Hill and in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. ... earned five minutes of playing time in the first meeting of the season between the Seminoles and the Tar Heels...took one shot but did not score any points...the Tar Heels scored the final eight points of the game to defeat the Seminoles, 77-72, in Tallahassee (Jan. 12)...a starter but did not score in the Seminoles' game at Chapel Hill in two minutes of playing time...the Tar Heels topped the Seminoles, 79-58, at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill...did not play in the Seminoles' game against North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament...the Tar Heels won the game, 83-62, at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. ...(vs. NC State): Averaged 0.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.5 steals in two games played against NCAA Tournament participant NC State...the Seminoles and the Wolfpack split the two-game regular season series with both teams winning on their home court...credited with zero points, one rebound and one of his three assists during the season as Florida State traveled to play at NC State...the Wolfpack led by a 40-30 margin at halftime and won the game, 84-66, at the PNC Bank Arena in Raleigh...his assists came on a 3-point shot by Ian Miller with 14:05 remaining in the second half...totaled zero points, zero rebounds and one steal in the Seminoles' 71-67 win over NC State on Senior Day in Tallahassee (March 9)...the Seminoles rallied from as much as an eight point second half deficit to take the win and close out the season with a 9-9 mark in ACC play - the school record fifth consecutive season the Seminoles had finished with a .500 or better record in conference play...a starter in the game for the eighth time during the season and for the second time against the Wolfpack during his freshman season...made one of the most important plays of the season as he dove on the floor to earn a steal at the defensive end of the court at the 7:32 mark of the first half...gave Florida State the possession which turned into a 3-point shot by All-ACC selection Michael Snaer to put Florida State up 27-24 with 7:09 remaining before halftime...though NC State led by a 35-34 margin at halftime, Ojo's hustle play allowed for a three point swing in the Seminoles' favor on the scoreboard...Florida State outscored NC State, 14-10, in the final five minutes of the game to take the regular season ending victory...(vs. Virginia): Averaged 0.0 points and 1.0 rebound in two games against NIT participant Virginia...was a starter in Florida State's victory over the Cavaliers in Tallahassee...scored zero points and pulled down one rebound in one minute of play as Florida State traveled to play at the John Paul Jones Arena...the Cavaliers won the game, 56-36, in Charlottesville (Jan. 19)...totaled zero points and one rebound in four minutes of playing time as Florida State defeated Virginia, 53-51, in Tallahassee (March 7)...the Seminoles won the game as All-ACC selection Michael Snaer made a driving, left-handed lay-up, was fouled and made the free throw to give the Seminoles their final margin of victory at 53-51...(vs. Virginia Tech): Scored two points and pulled down two rebounds in seven minutes of play in the Seminoles only game of the season against Virginia Tech...the Hokies rallied from a first half deficit to top the Seminoles by an 80-70 margin in Blacksburg (Feb. 24)...scored Florida State's first basket of the game and pulled down one of his two rebounds during the first two minutes of the game to help the Seminoles to a quick lead...Florida State took as much as a six point first half lead but was unable to hold the advantage as the Hokies won at home...(vs. Wake Forest): Averaged 1.0 point and 2.0 rebounds in two games against Wake Forest...was a starter in the Seminoles' win over the Demon Deacons in Tallahassee...earned four total rebounds in eight total minutes of play as the Seminoles and the Demon Deacons split the two-game regular season series with both teams winning in their home court...scored zero points and pulled down zero rebounds as the Seminoles traveled to play at Winston Salem...the Demon Deacons took the 71-46 win (Feb. 9)...scored two points, tied his career high with three rebounds and blocked one shot as Florida State took control of the Demon Deacons at home and won, 76-62, in Tallahassee (Feb. 26)...two second half points as a starter against the Demon Deacons came on a dunk with 8:39 remaining in the game and gave the Seminoles a commanding 63-45 (+18 point lead)...totaled his two points, his three rebounds and his blocked shot in a total of three minutes played during the second half of the win...(vs. Florida): Did not play in Florida State's only game of the season against NCAA Tournament participant Florida...the Gators won 72-47 in Tallahassee (Dec. 5)...(vs. Louisiana Tech): Did not play in Florida State's game against Louisiana Tech in the first round of the NIT...the Bulldogs rallied from eight points down in the second half to defeat the Seminoles, 71-66, in Tallahassee (March 19)...(In Four Games During the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic): Averaged 0.0 points and 0.0 rebounds but 4.0 minutes played per game in three of the Seminoles' four games as Florida State won the championship of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic...the first two games of the event were played in Tallahassee with the semifinals and championship game taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. ...(vs. South Alabama): Made his career debut as a Seminole with one minute played in the season opener and first game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic against South Alabama...the Jaguars upset the Seminoles, 71-76, at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee...scored zero points and pulled down zero rebounds as he earned playing time as a Seminole for the first time in the first half of the game...(vs. Buffalo): Scored zero points and pulled down zero rebounds but did earn the first assist and the first steal of his career in the Seminoles' 95-68 win over Buffalo the second round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Tallahassee (Nov. 12)...recorded his first assist on a 3-point shot by Terry Whisnant that gave Florida State a 16-8 lead with 14:07 remaining in the first half and helped give the Seminoles a commanding 47-30 lead at the intermission...his steal led to a Florida State possession and a lay-up by Montay Brandon at the 5:05 mark of the first half that put Florida State up 42-21...(vs. BYU): Scored zero points and pulled down zero rebounds in two minutes of playing time in Florida State's 88-70 win over BYU in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Nov. 16)...the Seminoles never trailed and led by as many as 27 in taking the win to advance to the championship game...(vs. Saint Joseph's): Did not play in Florida State's 73-66 championship winning victory over Saint Joseph's at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Nov. 17)...the Seminoles stormed back after the Hawks took a four point lead early in the second half to take control and win the game and the championship...
AT TENNESSEE TEMPLE: Graduated from Tennessee Temple High School in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 2012...earned All-American Honors as a senior from the National Association of Christian Athletes...named to the All-Tournament Team at the National Association of Christian Athletes Tournament in 2012...averaged 15.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shot per game as a senior...
PERSONAL: Born January 5, 1993...Michael is the son of Mrs. Olayinminu Ojo...selected Florida State over Vanderbilt and Tennessee Chattanooga...
Michael Ojo's Career Highs PTS 10 at Florida (11-29-13) FGM 3 at Florida (11-29-13) 3 vs. Michigan (11-22-13) FGA 5 vs. Duke (2-2-13) FG% 1.000 vs. Florida (11-29-13) FTM 4 at Minnesota (12-3-13) 4 at Florida (11-29-13) FTA 7 at Florida (11-29-13) FT% .667 at Minnesota (12-3-13) OR 3 vs. Jacksonville (11-8-13) DR 6 vs. VCU (11-21-13) 6 vs. UT Martin (11-17-13) REBS 7 vs. Jacksonville State (12-8-13) AST 1 vs. Clemson (3-14-13) 1 at NC State (2-19-13) 1 vs. Buffalo (11-12-12) BLK 2 vs. Jacksonville State (12-8-13) 2 at Minnesota (12-3-13) 2 vs. VCU (11-21-13) 2 vs. Jacksonville (11-8-13) 2 vs. Maine (12-9-12) STL 1 at Minnesota (12-3-13) 1 vs. NC State (3-9-13) 1 vs. Maryland (1-30-13) 1 vs. Buffalo (11-12-12) MIN 17 vs. Jacksonville State (12-8-13) 17 at Minnesota (12-3-13) 17 vs. Miami (2-13-13)