Seniors celebrated at season-ending banquet at University Center Club.
Seminoles close out regular season againt Orange on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Hamilton sees potential for "something special" from his 12th FSU squad
Seminoles open season against Dolphins on Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Basketball practice officially begins on Saturday.
Images from the FSU v. UF basketball game at the Leon County Civic Center by Mike Olivella
The Seminoles defeated BYU, 88-70
ON TURPIN: One of Florida State's most experienced players with 34 games played as a Seminole and two seasons as a junior college standout to build upon as he plays his final collegiate season...will look to continue his role as a starter at the center position for the Seminoles during the 2013-14 season...an outstanding pick and pop shooter and has a very soft touch on his perimeter shots...has a good knowledge of the game...started 25 of Florida State's 34 games including 10 of the Seminoles' 18 ACC games during the 2012-13 season...helped the Seminoles to 18 wins, a 9-9 record in ACC play and an appearance in the NIT...the Seminoles' appearance in the NIT marked the second consecutive season he had been a member of a postseason tournament team and extended the Seminoles' school record of consecutive appearances in a postseason tournament to eight (four NCAA Tournaments and four NIT (2006-Present)...Turpin (7-0) will combine with Robert Gilchrist (6-8) and sophomores Boris Bojanovsky (7-3) and Michael Ojo (7-1) to form the tallest, most athletic and most talented front line in all of college basketball in 2014...practiced and learned from Bernard James who earned All-ACC Honorable Mention and ACC All-Defensive Team honors during his redshirt season...James was a second round NBA Draft Choice in 2012 and averaged 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in his first season in the NBA...an outstanding shooter who finished tied for second on the team with a .511 field goal shooting percentage as a redshirt junior...was joined by only freshman Boris Bojanovsky (.547) and All-American and All-ACC candidate Okaro White (.511) as the three Seminoles players who shot .500 or better from the field during the 2012-13 season...finished eighth in the ACC in blocked shots as a redshirt junior in 2012 as he helped Florida State lead the ACC in blocked shots for the school record fourth consecutive season...Turpin is the fourth leading returning blocked shots artist in the ACC for the 2013-14 season...one of six players in the ACC who ranked in the top 10 for blocked shots and shot better than .500 percent from the field during the 2012-13 season...Turpin was joined by only Julian Gamble of Miami, Alex Len of Maryland, CJ Leslie of NC State, Daniel Miller of Georgia Tech and Mason Plumlee of Duke as those who most proficiently scored the basketball and stopped the basketball from being scored...is in his third of three seasons working with head coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff who are known nationally to be among the best coaches of big men in all of college basketball...Hamilton and his staff have tutored countless big men during their collegiate careers who have gone on to become strong pros including Solomon Alabi, Alexander Johnson and Bernard James (at Florida State), James Jones, Tim James and Constantine Popa (at Miami) and Sam Bowie and Kenny Walker (at Kentucky)...only the second player in NJCAA Division II history to be named the Most Valuable Player in two consecutive national tournaments - 2010 and 2011...only Turpin and Jeff Massey of Owens Technical College in 1992 and 1993 have won consecutive MVP honors in the Division II National Tournament...helped lead Lincoln College to consecutive NJCAA Division II National Championships in both 2010 and 2011...led Lincoln to the 2011 NJCAA Division II National Championship in 2011 with a 74-67 victory over Mott Community College on March 20, 2011...scored 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the championship game...scored 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and three blocked shots in Lincoln's national championship clinching victory during his freshman season...with Turpin in Lincoln's line-up in 2010 and 2011 the Lynx finished with a 58-13 record...the Lynx were 30-6 during his freshman season and 28-7 during his sophomore season... earned the First Year Academic Achievement Award from Leonard Hamilton and the coaching staff as the Seminoles' annual honors banquet in 2012...shared the award as the Seminoles' top field goal shooter at Florida State's season ending honors banquet in 2013...
KIEL TURPIN'S CAREER STATISTICS
Kiel Turpin's Career Highs PTS 16 vs. Clemson (1-24-13) FGM 5 vs. Virginia (3-7-13) FGA 9 vs. Miami (2-13-13) FG% 1.000 vs. Duke (2-2-13) 1.000 vs. Maryland (1-30-13) 1.000 at Clemson (1-5-13) 3FGM 3FGA 1 at Maryland (1-9-13) 1 vs. South Alabama (11-9-12) 3FG% FTM 8 vs. Clemson (1-24-13) FTA 9 vs. Clemson (1-24-13) FT% 1.000 vs. 7 teams Last vs. North Carolina (3-15-13) OR 3 vs. 6 teams Last vs. North Carolina (3-15-13) DR 5 at Wake Forest (2-9-13) REBS 6 at Virginia Tech (2-24-13) 6 at Wake Forest (2-9-13) AST 2 vs. North Carolina (1-12-13) BLK 4 vs. Wake Forest (2-26-13) 4 vs. Clemson (1-24-13) STL 2 at Georgia Tech (2-5-13) 2 vs. Buffalo (11-9-12) MIN 29 at Georgia Tech (2-5-13)
AS A JUNIOR REDSHIRT (2013): Averaged 5.4 points (sixth on the team), 3.0 rebounds (fourth) and 1.3 blocked shots (first) while shooting .511 from the field (tied for second) and playing in all 34 games for the Seminoles who played in the prestigious NIT...was one of four players (also Michael Snaer, Okaro White and Aaron Thomas) who played in each of the Seminoles' games during the 2012-13 season...started 25 of the Seminoles' 34 games making him one of only three players on the team (also Michael Snaer and Okaro White) who started at least 25 games for Florida State during the season...started the first 23 games of the season (Nov. 9 through Feb. 9) and the final two games of the season against North Carolina (March 15) in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament and against Louisiana Tech (March 19) in the NIT...Florida State's third leading scorer in ACC games only with a 6.4 points per game scoring average...shot better from the field (.529) than he did for the entire season (.511) and shot better from the free throw line (.743) than he did for the season (.698) in ACC games...a starter in 10 of the Seminoles' 18 ACC games...averaged 6.6 points in 18 games played at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center...finished eighth in the ACC in blocked shots as a redshirt junior in 2012 as he helped Florida State lead the ACC in blocked shots for the school record fourth consecutive season...Turpin is the fourth leading returning blocked shots specialist in the ACC for the 2013-14 season...led the Seminoles in scoring once during his first active season at Florida State with 16 points in the Seminoles' victory over Clemson in Tallahassee (Jan. 24)...led the Seminoles in rebounding three times - in wins over Charlotte (Dec. 22) and Clemson (Jan. 24) and on the road at Wake Forest (Feb. 9)...as Florida State's leader in blocked shots, he blocked a career-high four shots in wins over Clemson (Jan. 24) and against Wake Forest (Feb. 26) and blocked multiple shots in 14 of the Seminoles' 34 games...three double figure scoring games with his career high of 16 points against Clemson (Jan. 24), 11 in the Seminoles' late-season win against Virginia (March 7) and in his first career game against Duke (Feb. 2)...(vs. Boston College): Scored six points and pulled down one rebound in the Seminoles' only game of the season against Boston College...shot three of four from the field and blocked two shots in the Seminoles' 69-66 win in Tallahassee (Feb. 16)...totaled two points in the first half as the Seminoles sprinted to a 31-26 halftime lead and four points in the second half as the Seminoles' held off the Eagles to earn their sixth ACC win of the season...his second half points came on a dunk at the 16:34 mark and gave the Seminoles a 38-33 lead and on a lay-up at the 9:08 mark and gave the Seminoles a 52-47 advantage...all four of his points were important as Boston College cut their deficit to as little as two but were not able to regain the lead late...(vs. Clemson): Averaged 6.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in three games against Clemson...shot .545 percent from the field and (six of 11) .889 percent from the free throw line (eight of nine) as the Seminoles took three games from the Tigers in the same season for the first time in school history...led the Seminoles with six blocked shots in the three-game series against the Tigers...the Seminoles won in Clemson and in Tallahassee during the regular season and defeated the Tigers in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro...scored four points and blocked two shots in his first career ACC game in helping Florida State to the 71-66 win over Clemson in the ACC season opener for both teams at Littlejohn Coliseum (Jan. 5)...was perfect from the field (two for two) as Florida State took the lead early and led throughout most of the game in winning their ACC opener...his first ACC basket came on his first shot attempt in an ACC game and gave the Seminoles a 2-0 lead only 46 seconds into the game...also added two first half blocked shots as the Seminoles opened up as much as a 16 point lead and took a 38-25 lead at the half...his second half basket on a corner jumper gave the Seminoles a 55-49 advantage with 7:03 left in the game...Clemson closed the gap to as few as three but was never able to take the lead and the Seminoles earned the ACC road win...scored his career-high of 16 points, pulled down four rebounds and blocked four shots in Florida State's come-from-behind win over Clemson...the Seminoles won in dramatic fashion 60-57 - on a Michael Snear buzzer-beater - to take the win in Tallahassee (Jan. 24)...made four of eight field goals but did his offensive damage from the free throw line as he made eight of nine free throw attempts...all 16 of his points, all four of his rebounds and three of his blocked shots came in the 17 minutes played during the second half...an old fashion three point play at the 16:45 mark of the second half got the Kiel Turpin show started and helped the Seminoles rally from as much as a 12-point second half deficit...totaled 13 points in a 6:36 span that helped the Seminoles go from 44-38 down with 9:27 left to two down with 2:51 left to play...two free throws at the 9:27 mark drew Florida State to within six at 44-38...a lay-up at the 8:45 mark brought the Seminoles to within 44-40...he tied the game at 44 with two more free throws at the 6:31 mark and brought the Seminoles back to within 48-47 with a lay-up at the 5:32 mark...another lay-up at the 4:19 mark brought Florida State to within one at 50-49 and one of two free throws at the 3:57 mark made the score 52-50 in favor of Clemson...his final basket of the game, a lay-up, again bought Florida State to within two at 54-52...Florida State tied the game at 57-57 on a 3-point shot by Devon Bookert with 44 seconds remaining and won the game at the buzzer on the first of Snaer's four game-winning, buzzer beating shots during the season...Snaer banked home the game winner despite great defense by the Tigers...three blocked shots in the second half including one with 59 seconds remaining in the game led directly to the Seminoles' incredible victory...zero points but pulled down two rebounds in a reserve role as Florida State defeated Clemson, 73-69, in the first round of the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. (March 14)...(vs. Duke): Scored seven points and pulled down four rebounds in Florida State's only game of the season against Duke...was a perfect three of three from the field, blocked one shot and earned one steal as the Seminoles played host to the Blue Devils in Tallahassee...Duke earned the win, 79-60, as they made 11 3-point field goals...totaled five points in the second half as Florida State battled to get back into the game and outscored the Blue Devils by a 38-37 margin in the second half of the game...made two field goals and one free throw as the Seminoles battled at home...(vs. Georgia Tech): Scored 10 points, pulled down five rebounds and blocked a game-high three shots in the Seminoles' only game during the regular season against Georgia Tech...the Seminoles benefitted from more Michael Snaer heroics to win the game, 56-54, in Atlanta in Florida State's first trip to the newly refurbished McCamish Pavilion (Feb. 5)...scored four of the Seminoles' first nine points of the game on two jumpers as Florida State ran out to a 13-0 lead...a third jumper in the first half extended Florida State's lead to 19-13 with 7:49 left to play before halftime...the Yellow Jackets took the lead (27-26) at the intermission...helped Florida State's comeback efforts with four second half points as the Seminoles rallied from as many as five down to win at the buzzer...a lay-up increased Florida State's lead to 45-42 at the 6:41 mark of the second half and two free throws pushed Florida State lead to five 52-47 with 3:57 left to play...Georgia Tech, however, rallied themselves and took the lead on a 3-point shot by Mfon Udofia with 1:02 remaining...Udofia's shot set the stage for heroics by Snaer who made a running, one-handed lay-up at the buzzer to win the game....(vs. Maryland): Averaged 3.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in two games against NIT participant Maryland...his four blocked shots in the series allowed the Seminoles to hold a 20-7 advantage in blocked shots in winning the two games...the two teams split the regular season series with both teams winning on their home court...scored zero points but pulled down two rebounds and blocked one shot as Florida State won at Maryland, 65-62, for the first win by head coach Leonard Hamilton at the Comcast Center (Jan. 9)...his second half blocked shot helped the Seminoles rally from a 36-27 halftime deficit and by as much as a 12 point second half deficit...Florida State outscored the Terps, 38-26, in the second half to gain the win...totaled six points, two rebounds and three blocked shots in the Seminoles' 73-71 win over Maryland in Tallahassee (Jan. 30)...was a perfect two of two from the field and a perfect two of two from the free throw line in the win that once again included fireworks by Michael Snaer...all six points in the second half as Florida State came back from as much as an eight point deficit with 6:56 to win the game...all six of his points came in a span of 1:11 of the second half...closed the Seminoles' deficit to two at 62-60 with a jumper at the 4:43 mark...again cut the deficit to two with a pair of free throws at 64-62 at the 4:03 mark and cut the deficit to two again at 66-64 at the 3:22 mark...the Seminoles took the lead and won the game on a buzzer-beating, game-winning 3-point shot with 1.1 seconds remaining to give the Seminoles their final margin of victory...(vs. Miami): Averaged 5.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots in two games against NCAA Tournament participant and ACC Champion Miami...his two blocked shots in the two game series tied for the team lead with Montay Brandon...the Hurricanes defeated the Seminoles in both Coral Gables and Tallahassee...scored two points and pulled down two rebounds as Florida State traveled to play at Miami...the Hurricanes won the first meeting between the two teams, 71-47, in Coral Gables...scored nine points and pulled down four rebounds as the Seminoles played host to Miami in Tallahassee...Miami won the second of two games on the series, 74-68...scored five of his nine points in the second half as Florida State fought back after trailing by as many as 12 in the second half...the Seminoles outscored the Hurricanes, 38-36, over the course of the final 20 minutes...(vs. North Carolina): Averaged 7.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots in three games against NCAA Tournament participant North Carolina...shot .667 percent from the field (eight of 12) and was perfect from the free throw line (seven of seven) as the Seminoles faced the Tar Heels twice during the regular season (in Tallahassee and in Chapel Hill) and once during the postseason in the ACC Tournament (Greensboro, N.C.)...scored six points and pulled down two rebounds as a starter for Florida State as North Carolina defeated the Seminoles, 77-72, in Tallahassee (Jan. 12)...made two of his three shots from the field (.667 percent) and was a perfect two of two from the free throw line (1.000 percent)...each of his six points came in the first half of the game as the Seminoles and the Tar Heels battled through two ties and two lead changes...scored four consecutive points in a 41 second span to tie the games at 6-6...a jumper at the 17:28 mark drew Florida State to within two at 6-4 and two made free throws at the 16:47 mark tied the game at 6-6...a late jumper at the 2:03 mark brought the Seminoles back to within one at 29-28...the Tar Heels led 33-31 at the intermission...six minutes of second half playing time as Florida State and North Carolina once again battled back and forth...the Tar Heels scored the final eight points of the game to gain the victory on the road...totaled nine points, four rebounds and two blocked shots as Florida State traveled to play at Chapel Hill (March 3)...the Tar Heels won at home, 79-58...scored four first half points and five in the second half as Florida State worked to get back in to the game in the second half...made four of six shots from the field and was true on his only free throw attempt of the game...returned to the starting line-up against the Tar Heels in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament and contributed a solid all-around game of eight points, five rebounds and one blocked shot...the Tar Heels defeated Florida State, 83-62, to advance to the quarterfinal round...continued to shoot the ball well against the Tar Heels as he made two of his three field goal attempts and all four of his free throw attempts...(vs. NC State): Averaged 5.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots in two games against NCAA Tournament participant NC State...blocked five total shots as the Seminoles blocked a total of eight shots in the two game series...the Seminoles and the Wolfpack split the two-game regular season series with NC State winning in Raleigh and the Seminoles winning in Tallahassee...totaled five points, four rebounds and three blocked shots in NC State's 84-66 win over Florida State in Raleigh (Feb. 19)...all five points came in the first half as he was a perfect three of three from the free throw line...totaled five points, five rebounds and two blocked shots as Florida State defeated NC State, 71-67, in Tallahassee (March 9)...in a game marked by nine ties and nine lead changes the Seminoles made the last stand as they outscored NC State, 14-10, in the final four minutes to take the win on Senior Day in Tallahassee...was a force in the second half with all five of his points and four of his five rebounds in the second half...three points on a free throw and a dunk brought Florida State back to within two at 39-37 at the 17:12 mark...tied the game at 55-55 on a tip-in at the 6:29 mark...his tip in began a 18-12 game-ending run that allowed the Seminoles to close the season with a win and raise their ACC record to 9-9 marking the school record fifth consecutive season Florida State had finished with a .500 or better record in ACC play...(vs. Virginia): Averaged 5.5 points and 0.5 blocked shots in two games against NIT participant Virginia...the Cavaliers won in Charlottesville and the Seminoles won in Tallahassee...totaled zero points and zero rebounds in six minutes of play as the Seminoles lost, 56-36, at Charlottesville (Jan. 19)...scored 11 points and blocked one shot in 25 minutes of play as Florida State defeated Virginia, 53-51, in Tallahassee (March 7)...scored six first half points as Florida State led 26-23 at halftime and totaled five second half points as the Seminoles led virtually the entire way and won the game on a buzzer-beating three-point play by Michael Snaer with 4.4 seconds left on the clock...two second half dunks including one at the 11:58 mark of the second half put Florida State up 42-31...added a free throw at the 3:58 mark to give the Seminoles a seemingly strong five point lead...the Cavaliers took the lead with 1:28 left thus setting the scene for Snaer to make his fourth game-winning shot of the season and sixth of his career...Snaer took a pass from Devon Bookert, drove left and hit a driving lay-up over the outstretched hands of both Joe Harris and Justin Anderson...Snaer was fouled on the play and made the free throw to give the Seminoles their final margin of victory...Turpin made one of the biggest plays of the season as he screened Harris coming through the lane to slow his defensive progress in getting to Snaer before he began his drive...Harris was on his heels when Snaer began his drive thus allowing Snaer a much more clear path to the basket...(vs. Virginia Tech): Scored eight points and pulled down six rebounds in Florida State's only game against Virginia Tech...the Hokies led by as many as 13 in the second half and won in Blacksburg 80-70 (Feb. 24)...all eight of his points came in the second half...(vs. Wake Forest): Averaged 6.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in two games against Wake Forest...totaled a team-high four blocked shots as the Seminoles earned a 15-7 blocked shots advantage as the two teams split the regular season series with Wake Forest winning in Winston-Salem and the Seminoles winning in Tallahassee...tied for second on the team with 10 total rebounds in the two-game series...totaled eight points and six rebounds as a starter in Winston-Salem...the Demon Deacons won, 71-46, at home (Feb. 9)...six of his eight points came in the first half as Florida State battled on the road...scored four points, pulled down four rebounds and blocked a career-high four shots in Florida State's 76-62 win over Wake Forest in Tallahassee (Feb. 26)...his four blocked shots tied his career high - he also sent back four shots at Maryland...a jumper at the 16:32 mark of the first half gave Florida State a 7-5 lead and two free throws at the 5:19 mark of the second half gave the Seminoles a 69-49 advantage...three first half blocked shots allowed Florida State to take as much as an 11 point lead and a 40-36 lead at the intermission...the Seminoles then outscored the Demon Deacons by a 26-28 margin in the second half to put the their final margin of victory at 14...(vs. Florida): Totaled three points and one rebound in seven minutes of play in the Seminoles' only game of the season against NCAA Tournament participant Florida...the Gators won 72-47 in Tallahassee (Dec. 5)...(vs. Louisiana Tech in the NIT): A starter and totaled eight points, four rebounds and one blocked shot against Louisiana Tech in the first round of the NIT...the Bulldogs rallied from as much as a nine point deficit to defeat the Seminoles, 71-66, in Tallahassee (March 19)...Recorded six points, four rebounds and one blocked shot in the first half in helping Florida State to a 28-2 halftime lead...the Seminoles recovered from a six point deficit to take the lead into halftime but were outscored, 47-38, in the final game of the season...(In four games during the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic): Averaged 3.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in four stating assignments in helping lead Florida State to the championship of the prestigious Coaches vs. Cancer Classic...tied with Okaro White for the team lead in blocked shots with four in the four games event and also totaled four steals...the Seminoles won the championship with victories over BYU and Saint Joseph's in the semifinal and championship rounds of the tournament which were played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... (vs. South Alabama): Scored four points and earned one steal in his career debut for the Seminoles against South Alabama (Nov. 9)...earned 14 minutes of playing time and made the first field goal attempt of his career to score the first two points of the season for the Seminoles...the Jaguars won the game 76-71...(vs. Buffalo): Scored seven points, pulled down one rebound and blocked two shots as Florida State defeated Buffalo, 95-69, in Tallahassee (Nov. 12)...four of his seven points came in the first half as the Seminoles scored the first basket of the game and never trailed...Florida State led by as many as 27 points in winning their first game of the season...(vs. BYU): Totaled two points, five rebounds and two blocked shots in Florida State's 88-70 victory over BYU in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (Nov. 16)...two first half points on a lay-up gave the Seminoles an 8-2 lead at the 16:37 mark to send the Seminoles on their way to the victory...(vs. Saint Joseph's): Totaled two points in the Seminoles' championship clinching victory over Saint Joseph's at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... the Seminoles topped the Hawks 73-66 to claim the championship trophy...a first half lay-up gave Florida State a 9-8 lead on its way to winning the game...
AS A JUNIOR (2012): A redshirt season after transferring from Lincoln College to Florida State for the fall semester in 2011...participated in all team functions including all practices, conditioning, weight training and film sessions but did not play in any games...traveled to and prepared for every game as if he were going to play...gained 25 pounds on his frame - he arrived at Florida State at 215 pounds and played his redshirt junior year at 240 pounds...says that playing against and learning from current NBA player Bernard James and the Seminoles' other bigs during his redshirt season was the most important aspect of the year away from competition...worked on improving his hook shot in order to give him a bigger arsenal of shots...was also a bonus on practicing against the Seminoles front line which was considered to be one of the most formidable in all of college basketball...
AT LINCOLN COLLEGE: Graduated from Lincoln in 2011...averaged 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots as a sophomore in leading Lincoln to the NJCAA Division II National Championship and earning MVP honors of the national tournament...named the Division II Region 24 Player of the Year, the Region 24 All-Region team and the Mid-West Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore...earned All-MWAC First Team honors as a freshman...scored 12 points and added five rebounds in Lincoln's 90-72 victory over Erie Community College in the 2011 semifinals...scored a double double of 16 points 11 rebounds and added two blocked shots and two assists as he led Lincoln to the national semifinals with a 80-76 win over Cecil College in Maryland in the national quarterfinals...Turpin opened the game with four straight baskets to give the Lynx a lead they never surrendered in defeating Cecil...helped Lincoln gain the NJCAA Division II preseason No. 1 national ranking...totaled a double double of 24 points and 14 rebounds in leading Lincoln over John Wood College on Feb. 11, 2011...totaled 27 points in Lincoln's win over Illinois Central College on Feb. 4, 2011 - the same night the Lynx raised their 2010 National Championship banner to the roof of their field house...averaged 11.3 points and 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots as a freshman...in being named the MVP of the National Tournament, Turpin averaged 16.3 points and 3.8 blocked shots in leading the Lynx to the national title...totaled 21 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in the 2010 national championship game...Lincoln defeated Cincinnati State, 71-60, to win the national championship...
AT NORMAL COMMUNITY WEST: Graduated from Normal Community West High School in 2009...averaged just over 5.0 points a game as a reserve during his senior season as a growth spurt allowed him to grow into his body as he grew...
PERSONAL: Born Oct. 1, 1989...Kiel is the son of Lisa and Chris Nichols...Kiel is the son of former Kentucky All-American Mel Turpin...Mel was a two-time All-SEC First Team pick, the 1984 SEC scoring leader and the sixth overall selection in the 1984 NBA Draft...Florida State's head coach Leonard Hamilton was an assistant coach at Kentucky when Mel was a collegiate star...grew from 6-5 to 6-11 between his junior and senior seasons of high school and grew a total of eight inches during his final two seasons of high school...before his growth spurt in high school he was teased about being shorter than his sister, a 6-4 volleyball player ...major is social science...