Seminoles close out regular season againt Orange on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
ON ROMERO: A member of two NIT Tournament teams and earned three varsity letters during his Division I career at Florida State University...earned his bachelor's degree in social sciences in April 2006 - the first member of his family to earn a college degree...served as a senior team captain for the Seminoles during the 2005-06 season...helped lead Florida State to two victories over ranked teams during his career - No. 3 ranked Wake Forest on Jan. 18, 2005 and No. 1 ranked Duke on March 1, 2005...also led the Seminoles to a 20 win season and a fifth place finish in the ACC with a 9-7 record during his senior (2006) season...will be remembered as one of the most basketball savvy and smartest players on the court during the early part of Leonard Hamilton's tenure at Florida State...his basketball knowledge, mobility and ability to play both inside and outside gives him a distinct ability over other big men in the conference...has the ability to play with his back to the basket or take his defender out to the perimeter and earn success in both places...shoots and passes the ball well and has good mobility for a player of his size ... sets himself apart from other big men with his outside shooting ability...had surgery on the patella tendon in his left knee on March 17, 2005 -- only week after the conclusion of the 2004-05 season...he was limited by tendonitis throughout his entire junior season and was fully recovered and participated summer workouts...was one of four members making up the Seminoles' consensus No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the nation of the players entering college for the 2003-04 season ... named as 27th best junior college player by CBS.SportsLine.com following his second season at Lon Morris ... a preseason All-American by Street and Smith's magazine and rated as the eighth best JUCO prospect in the nation prior to his sophomore season according to Lindy's College Basketball Annuals rated as the ninth best junior college power forward by Future Stars Magazine ... grew up playing soccer in his native Argentina and has been playing basketball for eight years.
AS A SENIOR (2006): Averaged 3.9 points (seventh on the team), 2.6 rebounds (fifth) and shot a team leading .609 from the field (39-of-64)...established single-season career-highs for 3-point field goals made (eight), 3-point field goal percentage (.500), free throws made (31), free throws attempted (45), defensive rebounds (61), total rebounds (71), steals (15), minutes played (475), minutes played per game (15.8) and scoring average (3.9)...one of eight Seminole players to play in all 30 games in 2006 and played in 61 consecutive games during his Florida State career...totaled 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double against Jacksonville (Nov. 19) in the season opener...a starter and played 24 minutes in the season opener against Jacksonville -- the most minutes he had played in a single game since Nov. 30, 2004 when he played 27 minutes against Minnesota...played well in the Seminoles' record breaking ACC/Big Ten Challenge game against Purdue (Nov. 29) with eight points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes played as the Seminoles won at home, 97-57...made his career-high of two 3-point field goals in the victory over the Boilermakers...the margin of victory is the largest of any game in the seven-year history of the challenge series...also scored eight points in the Seminoles' victory over Campbell (Dec. 22) in the Donald L. Tucker Center...played well against the 14 non-conference teams on the Seminoles' schedule with a 5.0 points per game average...he shot .724 (21-of-29) from the field in the Seminoles' series of games against non-ACC teams...(vs. Boston College): scored five points and pulled down three rebounds against Boston College (Jan. 14) as the Seminoles made their first ever trip to Chestnut Hill to play the Eagles...all five points and three rebounds came in the first half as Florida State jetted to as much as an 11-point lead and an intermission advantage of 38-34 over the No. 15 ranked Eagles...an early lay-up gave Florida State an 11-8 lead and a 3-point shot put the Seminoles up 23-17 with 7:26 remaining in the half...(vs. Clemson): averaged 0.0 points and 0.5 rebounds in two games against NIT participant Clemson...earned 13 minutes of playing time and was credited with a career-high tying three assists in Florida State's victory in Tallahassee (Feb. 1)...two first half assists including one on a Jason Rich lay-up gave the Seminoles as 24-15 lead on their way to a 26-23 halftime lead...the Seminoles outscored the Tigers, 43-36, in the second half to gain their fourth ACC win of the season and pull their record to 4-4 at the midway point of the conference schedule...(vs. Duke): averaged 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting .556 (five-of-nine) from the field in two games against NCAA Tournament participant Duke...was two-of-four from the 3-point line and made one 3-point field goal in both games against the Devils during the regular season...a starter and scored five points and pulled down four rebounds in the Seminoles' monumental victory over the No. 1 ranked Blue Devils in Tallahassee (March 1)...scored the first five points of the game on a 3-pointer with 44 seconds elapsed and on a lay-up with 1:33 elapsed in the game to put Florida State up 5-0...on the strength of Romero's second start of the season on Senior Night, the Seminoles jumped to as much as a 12-point firs half lead and led 36-33 at halftime...was the player of the game to get the Seminoles jump-started in the nationally televised game with a steal against Sheldon Williams only 10 seconds into the game after the Blue Devils had won the opening jump-ball...was the third highest scoring Seminole in playing a total of nine extremely important minutes in the first half...six minutes played in the second half yielded two rebounds and helped lead Florida State to the victory...scored seven points to go along with four rebounds, one assist and one steal as the Seminoles nearly stole the overtime victory over No. 2 ranked Duke in Durham (Feb. 4)...the Blue Devils outscored the Seminoles by the slimmest of margins, 13-12, in the overtime period to gain the hard fought 97-96 victory in one of the great games of the 2005-06 college basketballs season...his seven points scored was the second most he scored in an ACC game during the season (he scored eight against Virginia on Jan. 11)...in playing a season-high 31 minutes against the Blue Devils, he made a season-high tying three field goals...five first half points included a jumper with 13:05 remaining to tie the game at 14 and a 3-pointer at the 7:29 mark to put Florida State up 30-24...his scoring was crucial as the Seminoles led 45-43 at the break...two second half points on a lay-up (assist by Al Thornton) tied the score at 82-82 with 2:53 remaining...Florida State had trailed by as many as five points in the second half before rallying to tie the contest...played all five minutes of the overtime period and played the majority of the final 9:23 of regulation time after Florida State's starter - Alexander Johnson - was lost to the Seminoles after being called for a phantom flagrant foul (his fifth personal of the game) and the Seminoles down by three at 67-64...the Seminoles outscored the Blue Devils, 32-30, after Johnson was lost for the game and Romero became the No. 1 option in the post...(vs. Georgia Tech): scored two points and pulled down three rebounds in the Seminoles' 80-79 victory over Georgia Tech in Tallahassee (Feb. 9)...lone basket came in the first half and pulled the Seminoles to within three at 28-25 with 5:42 remaining...points helped the Seminoles as they pulled to within four, 43-39, at halftime and won the game, 80-79, on a late 3-point shot by Andrew Wilson...(vs. Maryland): scored 0 points and pulled down two rebounds in the Seminoles victory over Maryland in Tallahassee (Feb. 22)...both rebounds came in the first half and helped the Seminoles roar out to a 37-27 halftime advantage...(vs. Miami): averaged 5.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in two games against NIT participant Miami...scored four points on two-of-three shooting from the field as the Seminoles' won their regular season finale in Coral Gables, 67-64...the victory was Florida State's third conference road win of the season and moved their record to 9-7 in the ACC - the best since the 1992-93 season...both baskets came in the second half and came within 32 seconds of each other...his first, a short jumper tied the game at 52-52 with 7:19 remaining, while his second, a dunk re-tied the score at 54...Romero's jumper started a 17-12 rally to close the game and help Florida State to the win...the Seminoles trailed the Hurricanes, 52-50, and won the game 67-64 with the help of Romero's two baskets...including his two baskets he enjoyed an eventful two minute span as he was credited with a blocked shot on a lay-up attempt by Miami's Raymond Hicks that, if the basket had been made, would have put the Hurricanes up 52-47 with 8:25 left in the game...a complete game of seven points, four rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot and one steal in 25 minutes played as the Seminoles came up short against Miami, 84-78, in overtime...the seven points tied for his second highest scoring total in an ACC game during his senior season...scored three of his seven points for the game in the overtime period...a three-point play the old-fashioned way - a made jumper and a made free throw - pulled the Seminoles into a 72-72 tie with 3:01 left in the extra session...made his ACC high of five free throws in six attempts including two in the second half to pull the Seminoles within one a 55-56...(vs. North Carolina): scored two points and added 1 rebound, 1 assist and one blocked shot against North Carolina as the Tar Heels rallied to win, 81-80, in Tallahassee (Jan. 22)...lone basket came in the first half put the Seminoles up 40-31 with 4:54 left in the first half...(vs. NC State): scored two points and pulled down one rebound in 13 minutes of play as Florida State traveled to play NC State in Raleigh (Feb. 15)...(vs. Virginia): averaged 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in two victories over NIT participant Virginia...near ACC season-high of eight points on a perfect three-of-three shooting from the field as Florida State won at Virginia, 87-82 in overtime, to earn their first conference road win of the season (Jan. 11)...a terror in the first half with eight points to pace the Seminoles to a 47-45 halftime lead...with Romero and Al Thornton (10 first half points) leading the way, Florida State led virtually the entire first half ...his eight first half points were more than he scored in 25 entire games during the season...scored 0 points and pulled down three rebounds to help the Seminoles past Virginia, 76-62, in Tallahassee (Feb. 18)...the victory was the Seminoles' sixth ACC victory of the season and evened their conference slate at 6-6...(vs. Virginia Tech): averaged 0.0 points and 0.5 rebounds in two games against Virginia Tech...earned 11 minutes of playing time in the Seminoles' 74-68 victory over the Hokies in Tallahassee (Jan. 7)...played 13 minutes as the Seminoles traveled to Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech (Feb. 25)...(Vs. Wake Forest): scored five points and pulled down three rebounds in 16 minutes played as the Seminoles won in Winston-Salem for the first time since the 1999-2000 season...three points in the second half as the Seminoles led during the entire final 20 minute segment of the game and in 35 of the final 40 minutes of the entire game...his 3-point shots with 10:38 left in the game put the Seminoles up 58-48 (+10) as they led by as many as 13 points during the win on the road over the Deacons...(vs. Butler and South Carolina in the NIT): averaged 2.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in the Seminoles' NIT games against Butler and South Carolina...ranked fourth on the team with nine rebounds and a 4.5 rebounds per game average...scored four points and pulled down four rebounds in the Seminoles' 67-63 victory over Butler in the first round of the NIT (March 17)...two points in each half including a lay-up with 4:45 remaining to push Florida State's late game lead to 59-55...Butler would take the lead with two minutes remaining before the Seminoles sealed the deal as they scored the final six points of the game in the final 2:22 to win and advance to the second round of the tournament...one point and five rebounds in 12 minutes played against South Carolina in the second round of the NIT in Tallahassee (March 21)...(vs. Florida): scored nine points and pulled down three rebounds against Florida as the Gators won in Gainesville, 74-66 (Nov. 25)...his nine points against the Gators was his second highest scoring total of the season behind his 11 points against Jacksonville in the season opener...four points in the first half as Florida State jumped out to as much as a 17-point lead and held an eight point advantage (38-30) at halftime...was a perfect three-of-three from the field and a near perfect three-of-four from the free throw line...a season-high and his career-high tying total of two steals against the Gators...
AS A JUNIOR (2005): Averaged 3.8 points (ninth on the team), 2.5 rebounds (tied for fifth) and shot .482 from the field (fourth) in playing in all 31 games for the Seminoles...one of five Seminoles who played in all 31 games and was fifth on the team with 14 starts...started the first 14 games of the season and averaged 16.7 minutes played per game until becoming limited by tendonitis in his left knee...best game of his first year came in the season opener as he totaled a near double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds against Texas Southern (Nov. 19)...was Florida State's leading scorer and rebounder in the win over the Tigers...established personal single-game career-highs against Texas Southern for points (18), field goals made (five), free throws made (seven), free throws attempted (11), offensive rebounds (three), defensive rebounds (six), total rebounds (nine) and blocked shots (two)...led the Seminoles in scoring in one game (against Texas Southern) and topped the team in rebounds in five different contests...the Seminoles' leading rebounder in five game - nine against Texas Southern, five against Texas A&M (Nov. 22, six at Minnesota (Nov. 30, seven vs. South Alabama (Dec. 16,) and five at Clemson (Feb. 27)...scored in double figures in three games - in the first two games of the season with 18 points and Texas Southern and 10 points and Texas A&M Corpus Christi - and with his ACC career-high at Georgia Tech (Feb. 2)...six points and six rebounds in the Seminoles' come-from-behind victory at Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Nov. 30)...two steals with one in each half against the Gophers led directly to five points...career-high tying three offensive rebounds all came in the second half and helped Florida State outscore Minnesota, 32-28, to gain the victory...five points and one rebound helped the Seminoles win on the road at Ole Miss (Dec. 4)...all five points came in the first half as Florida State sprinted to a 44-28 halftime bulge and held on for the 69-64 win...(vs. Clemson) averaged 2.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in two games against NIT participant Clemson...pulled down five rebounds against the Tigers in Clemson to represent his ACC career-high...played 19 minutes and scored four points to go along with his ACC career-high five rebounds at Clemson (Feb. 27)...all four points came in the first half and helped the Seminoles earn at 27-27 tie at the half...Florida State outscored the Tigers 19-11 to close the half...Romero scored on a driving lay-up with 7:30 remaining to close the score to 18-12 and tied the game at 27-27 with a tip-in with 15 seconds left on the clock...recorded two rebounds and one assist as Florida State played host to Clemson in Tallahassee (Jan. 12)...(vs. Duke) scored four points and pulled down three rebounds in the Seminoles' only game during the 2004-05 season against NCAA Tournament participant Duke...totaled four first half points as the Blue Devils played in Tallahassee (Jan. 22)...(vs. Georgia Tech) averaged 8.0 points and 0.5 rebounds in two games against NCAA Tournament participant Georgia Tech...shot eight of ten (.800 percent) from the field against the Yellow Jackets with 10 points in Atlanta and six points in Tallahassee...ACC career-high of 10 points on a career-high tying five field goals as Florida State nearly won in Atlanta (Feb. 2)...four points in the first half and six in the second half as the Seminoles nearly earned the win on the road...helped in the Seminoles fabulous first half with four points in the final five minutes to help Florida State to a 33-27 lead at the intermission...a jumper with 5:50 left on the clock gave the Seminoles a 24-21 lead and a lay-up with 3:08 left put the Seminoles up 26-25...the Seminoles outscored the Yellow Jackets 13-6 in the final six minutes of the first half...helped in the Seminoles' second half comeback after falling behind by as many as 12...began Florida State's second half comeback with a jumper at the 8:55 mark to bring the score to 54-44 and start a 17-10 game-ending Seminole run...added to the run with a lay-up with 2:02 left to bring the score to 61-58...Von Wafer made a 3-point shot to tie the game a 61-61 with 1:32 remaining...the Yellow Jackets won the game on a 3-point shot by Will Bynum with 2.8 seconds left on the clock for the 64-61 final score....six points and one rebound as Florida State came as close to gaining the victory over the Yellow Jackets as possible without winning in Tallahassee (Feb. 20)...helped the Seminoles outscore the Yellow Jackets, 39-32 in the second half with four points...a lay-up and a dunk within 1:30 of each other helped the Seminoles close to within four a 60-56 with 10:50 on the clock...Florida State recovered from as much as a 13-point deficit to take 75-74 lead on a jumper by Al Thornton with 10 seconds left to play...Georgia Tech took the victory as B.J. Elder made two free throws with 0.4 seconds left to give the Yellow Jackets the 76-75 win...(vs. Maryland) scored two points and pulled down two rebounds in one game against NIT semifinalist Maryland...was a perfect two-of-two from the free throw line as the Seminoles took the highly ranked Terps into overtime on the road in the conference opener for both teams...two first half free throws as the Seminoles worked their way back into the game after falling behind by as many as 12 in the first half...playing time in the second half helped the Seminoles outscores the Terps, 45-38, in the second to tie the score at 80-80 and force overtime...after scoring the first four points of the overtime period, the Seminoles were themselves outscored 10-4 as Maryland gained the win, 90-88...(vs. Miami) averaged 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in two games against NIT participant Miami...scored two points and pulled down one rebound as Florida State traveled to Coral Gables to play the Hurricanes for the first time as conference members...two points on a lay-up with 6:22 remaining in the second half put Florida State up 55-52...Miami outscored the Seminoles 12-8 over the remainder of the game and won 64-63 on a jumper in the lane by Guillermo Diaz with eight seconds remaining in the game...three points, three rebounds and one blocked shot as the Seminoles played host to the Hurricanes in Tallahassee (Feb. 22)...the blocked shot was one of two in ACC play and one of eight during the season...(vs. North Carolina) averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in two games against NCAA National Champion North Carolina...scored five points and pulled down three rebounds in 16 minutes of play as Florida State played host to North Carolina in Tallahassee (Feb. 6)...(vs. NC State) averaged 0.0 points and 0.5 rebounds in two games against NCAA Tournament participant NC State...earned seven minutes of playing time against NC State in Raleigh (Jan. 26)...helped the Seminoles gain the 74-60 victory thus breaking Florida State's 26-game ACC road losing streak...was the Seminoles first victory over the Wolfpack since the 1999 season...earned four minutes of playing time and pulled down one rebound against NC State in the first round of the ACC Tournament at the MCI Center (March 10)...(vs. Virginia) averaged 1.5 points and 1.0 rebound in two games in two games against Virginia...scored two points and pulled down one rebound as the Seminoles defeated Virginia in Tallahassee (March 6)...both points came on a first half lay-up and helped the Seminoles sprint to a 32-21 halftime lead on their way to the 68-63 regular season ending win...(vs. Virginia Tech) scored one point and pulled down one rebound in seven minutes of playing time in the Seminoles' only game against NIT participant Virginia Tech...second half free throw shot gave Florida State a 61-60 lead with 6:38 remaining in the game...his free throw shot began a game-ending 16-10 run by the Seminoles which ended in the 77-70 victory as the teams met for the first time as ACC opponents...(vs. Wake Forest) averaged 0.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in two games against NCAA Tournament participant Wake Forest...seven minutes played and one rebound Florida State's stunning victory over No. 3 ranked Wake Forest in Tallahassee (Jan. 18)...one rebound and one assist came in the first half as Florida State sprinted to the 46-32 halftime lead in gaining the 91-84 thrilling overtime victory...his assist came on an Al Thornton jumpshot that give Florida State a 35-20 lead with 5:46 left in the first half...two rebounds in 16 minutes played as the Seminoles traveled to play at Winston-Salem (Feb. 12)...(vs. Florida) scored 0 points and pulled down 0 rebounds in one minute played in the Seminoles' victory over Florida...a starter and played one minute in the Seminoles' 82-69 victory over Florida...was Florida State's first victory over the Gators since 1997...
ROMERO'S REDSHIRT SEASON (2004): A highly touted big man who decided to redshirt the entire 2003-04 season when the NCAA restored his eligibility after the Seminoles had played 15 regular season and two exhibition games ... in question was Romero's amateur status resulting from his playing days in his native Argentina before enrolling at Lon Morris Junior College in 2001 ... a ruling by the NCAA Division I Management Council announced Jan. 12, 2004 restored his eligibility ... during its annual meeting in Nashville, the Division I Management Council determined that its endorsement of the effective date for the new amateurism standard for transfer student-athletes should be amended ... the initial directive, made in July 2002, from the management council stated any student-athlete who enrolled in an NCAA institution after August 1, 2003, and had signed a professional contract would fall under a new reinstatement standard ... the management council determined the new standard, which makes student-athletes permanently ineligible to play a sport if they sign a professional contract that makes them a professional in that sport, unintentionally harmed transfer student-athletes by not applying the former standard for those student-athletes already enrolled at a collegiate institution before the effective date ... the new directive made it clear to the student-athlete reinstatement staff and committee that any student-athlete who is in conflict with the amateurism rules dealing with professionalizing themselves, and enrolled at an NCAA institution after the effective date, would be ineligible to play that sport ... the new standard also alleviated the two-prong standard that was previously applied to student-athletes seeking reinstatement ... by amending the directive, student-athletes who enrolled at any college prior to August 1, 2003, would be evaluated under the intent-to-professionalize standard which was previously used ... said Florida State Director of Athletics, Dave Hart, Jr., regarding the decision: "If not for the combination of expertise, persistent effort and research on the part of Bob Minnix (Florida State University's Associate Athletic Director for Compliance), I don't know that we would have ever arrived at this ultimate outcome. Certainly, the decision to restore Diego's eligibility is in the best interest of fairness and student-athlete welfare."
AT LON MORRIS: Averaged 14.5 points (fourth on the team) and 8.5 rebounds (first) while shooting .554 from the field (third) during the 2002-03 season ... played in 26 games in helping the Bearcats to the second round of the Region XIV Tournament in 2003 ... was an All-Region Second-Team selection and a Region XIV All-Tournament Team selection as a freshman in 2002 ... an All-Region XIV Third-Team selection in 2002 ... averaged 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds in helping Lon Morris advance to the Junior College National Tournament as a freshman ... helped the Bearcats advance to the quarterfinal of the national tournament in Hutchinson, Ks. ... it was Lon Morris' first appearance in the national tournament since 1964 ... shot 60.2 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from behind the arc as a freshman ... averaged 13.4 points per game during his 50 career games at Lon Morris ... shot 57.5 from the field (251-of-436) during his career ... Lon Morris is located in Jacksonville, Texas, and is a member of the Texas Eastern Conference ... was tied for 20th in scoring and ranked fifth in rebounding in the final national junior college region XIV statistics ... Jacksonville is approximately two hours southeast of Dallas.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 7, 1982 ... Diego is the son of Ramon Oscar Romero ... has been a member of the Argentinean Junior National Team since 2000 and was a member of the Argentinean U-20 national team ... Romero decided on Florida State after also considering Indiana, Texas Tech and Kentucky and enrolled at Florida State during the summer of 2003.