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The Seminole Men's Basketball Weekly Report
Nate Johnson and the Seminoles were one of the nation's most improved teams in 2002-03.

Nate Johnson and the Seminoles were one of the nation's most improved teams in 2002-03.

April 28, 2003

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Classes ended April 25 and exams began April 28 for the students at Florida State University. But for second-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and the Seminole men's basketball team, the learning will go on non-stop. The Florida State players began individual workouts soon after the season ended in March and have all been in the weight room with the intended purpose of individual and team improvement.

2002-03 WAS A GREAT YEAR FOR RE-WRITING THE RECORDBOOK The 2002-03 season was a great year for records with the Florida State men's basketball team. From steals to shooting percentage defense to 3-point shots made per game, the Seminoles showed improvement all over the court.

SEMINOLES LEAD ATLANTIC COAST CONFERNCE IN SCORING DEFENSE Florida State led the ACC in scoring defense with a stingy 66.6 points per game allowed. The Seminoles finished ahead of Maryland by one-tenth of a point as the Terps allowed 66.7 points per game. It marks the first time the Seminoles have led the ACC in a statistical category since the 1994-95 season when they led the league in blocked shots and is the fourth time the Seminoles have led the ACC in a statistical category. The Seminoles' 66.6 points allowed marked the fewest points allowed in a single season by a Seminole men's basketball team since the 1963-64 season when the Seminoles held their opponents to a scant 65.6 points per game.

Florida State Leading The ACC
Year   Category          Mark   Notes
2003   Scoring Defense   66.6   Lowest scoring defense mark since the 1963-64 season
1995   Blocked Shots     6.2    Corey Louis ranked 20th nationally in blocked shots
1993   Blocked Shots     6.0    Seminoles advanced to NCAA Tournament Elite 8
1992   Steals            9.4    Florida State finishes 2nd in first year in ACC

PICKETT LEADS ACC IN STEALS Tim Pickett, an All-ACC second team selection, led the ACC with a 2.8 steals per game average. He recorded 82 steals - a total that ranks as the second highest single-season total in school history. Pickett became only the fourth Seminole to lead the ACC in a statistical category since Florida State joined the ACC to begin the 1991-92 season.

Seminoles Leading The ACC
Year   Player            Category   Mark   Notes
2003   Tim Pickett       Steals     2.8    82 steals/2nd highest total in school history
1994   Bob Sura          Scoring    21.2   10th highest scoring total in school history
1993   Sam Cassell       Steals     2.8    97 steals/Highest total in school history
1992   Charlie Ward      Steals     2.7    75 steals/4th highest total in school history

SEMINOLES PLAY ONE OF NATION'S TOUGHEST SCHEDULES Florida State played the nation's 35th toughest schedule according to the College Basketball News Service. The Seminoles played the third toughest schedule in the ACC (behind only North Carolina and Duke) and played a tougher schedule than Wake Forest (regular season ACC champions), Florida (No. 2 in the south region of the NCAA Tournament) and Maryland (NCAA Sweet 16 appearance). The Seminoles also had three wins over teams in the top-75 in the RPI ranking of all of the nation's Division I teams.

SEMINOLES FINISH SECOND IN ACC IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE Florida State finished seventh in the nation and second in the ACC in field goal percentage defense with a .391 mark. The 2002-03 Seminoles became the first Florida State team to hold its opponents under .400 shooting from the field since the 1956-57 season when J.K. "Bud" Kennedy's ninth team held its opponents to .396 shooting from the field. During the last 44 years, the Seminoles have shot above .400 each season, included at or above .500 percent four times. Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton led Miami to the nation's No. 1 ranking in field goal percentage defense during the 1998 season. The Seminoles have been ranked in the nation's top 10 throughout the season and were the nation's toughest team to shoot against during the first four weeks of the season. During the Seminoles 16-game ACC season, they held seven of the eight ACC teams below their season field goal percentage average. Only NC State and Clemson shot above their season average against the Seminoles defense.

Seminoles' ACC Field Goal Percentage Defense Rankings
Year   Rank   Mark    Year    Rank    Mark
1992   5th    .446    1998    2nd     .407
1993   8th    .450    1999    9th     .461
1994   8th    .435    2000    8th     .427
1995   5th    .438    2001    8th     .453
1996   7th    .442    2002    4th     .441
1997   2nd    .400    2003    2nd     .391

SEMINOLES STEALING With All-ACC second-team selection Tim Pickett leading the way, Florida State averaged 9.4 steals per game in 2003. The Seminoles per game averaged ranked 16th in the nation and second in the ACC. It was also one for the Seminole record book as the 9.4 steals per game average ranks second in school history. The school record is 9.5 steals per game.

Top Steals Seasons In Seminole History
Rank  Season    Steals  Steals/Game   Notes
1.    1977-78   276     9.5           Tony Jackson leads team with 2.5 spg
2.    2002-03   273     9.4           Tim Pickett leads team with 2.9 spg
3.    1992-93   322     9.2           Sam Cassell leads team with 2.7 spg
4.    1991-92   290     9.1           Charlie Ward leads team with 2.3 spg

PICKETT NAMED TO 2002-03 ALL-JUCO TRANSFER TEAM Junior All-ACC second-team selection Tim Picket was named to the 21-player All-Junior College Transfer Team by CollegeHoopsInsider.com. A panel of Division I coaches and the editors of CollegeHoopsInsider.com selected the team that consists of players from 12 different conferences.

SEMINOLES TIE SCHOOL RECORD FOR PERFECTION IN ACC TOURNAMENT Florida State tied a school record as it was perfect from the free throw line (11-of-11) against Wake Forest in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament. It marked the second time the Seminoles had not missed a free throw in a single game during the 2002-03 season. Florida State was a perfect five-of-five from the line against North Carolina Feb. 8 in Chapel Hill. The Seminoles closed the season well from the line as they shot .829 (24-of-29) in two games during the ACC Tournament.

Seminoles Top Free Throw Shooting Games
FT Pct.  FTM-A   Opponent             Date         Notes
1.000    11-11   vs. Wake Forest      March 14     Richardson (6-6), Harvey (5-5)
1.000    5-5     at North Carolina    Feb. 8       Richardson (3-3), Joiner (2-2)
.929     13-14   vs. Georgia Tech     Feb. 15      Richardson (10-10), Joiner (3-4)
.917     11-12   at Virginia Tech     Jan. 4       Pickett (5-5), Richardson (2-2)

NOTING TREVOR HARVEY On the basis of his outstanding performance in the NBA pre-draft camp at Portsmouth earlier this month, Trevor Harvey's stock has risen among NBA general managers. He is waiting to hear if he will be invited to the final pre-draft camp in Chicago. Harvey, though, has been added to the NBA pre-draft manual that is distributed to NBA general managers and coaches.

NOTING TIM PICKETT Tim Pickett became only the second player in the Seminole men's basketball history to be named to the All-ACC defensive team this past season. Pickett, who led the ACC in steals with 82, joined Terrell Baker in 1999 as the only two Seminoles voted among the conference's top defenders in a season.

SEMINOLE BASKETBALL AND THE NFL DRAFT In honor of last weekend's NFL Draft, Brad Johnson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Tommy Polley (St. Louis Rams) are just two of the former Seminole men's basketball players who have heard their names called by the NFL commissioner on draft day. Johnson, who earned varsity basketball letters in 1988 and 1989, was drafted in the ninth round of the 1992 draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He helped lead the Seminoles to a pair of NCAA Tournaments and averaged 3.4 points in 56 games in his two years playing for head coach Pat Kennedy. He later led Tampa Bay to the championship of Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego. Tommy Polley, a member of the basketball team during the 1997-98 season, was drafted in the second round of the 2001 draft by the St. Louis Rams. He played in only one game as a member of the Seminoles men's basketball team and was an All-American for the Seminoles on the football field. Charlie Ward, though he did not hear his name called during the NFL Draft, is one of the greatest basketball players in Seminole history. Ward is the Seminoles' all-time leader in steals and earned varsity basketball letters in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994 and won the Heisman Trophy while leading the Seminoles to the 1993 national championship - Head Coach Bobby Bowden's first of two during his illustrious career. Ward is considered one of the greatest athletes in college history and currently a member of the New York Knicks of the NBA.

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