June 28, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The good news just keeps coming for Leonard Hamilton and the Florida State men's basketball program. The recruiting haul by Hamilton and his staff continues to get rave reviews with the Seminoles' class of 2003 continuing to earn the label as the nation's No. 1 recruiting class. This past week, Dave Telep of The Insiders.com and Blue Chip Hoops tabbed Florida State's recruiting class as the best in the nation. That makes four of the six recruiting services that have so far released national rankings naming Florida State as the No. 1 class in the nation. Of the two services that did not rank the Seminoles No. 1 both placed the Seminoles no lower than fourth in the nation
Seminoles Recruiting Class Rankings Publication Ranking Rivals.com 1 Official College Sports Network 1 FutureStars.Com 1 The Insiders.Com/Blue Chip Hoops 1 HoopScoopOnline.com 2 ESPN.com 4
"Leonard Hamilton and Company have made an immediate statement about where the Seminoles are headed with this class. Look for the Seminoles to make this group the nucleus of future ACC first-division and NCAA Tournament runs."
"Leonard Hamilton arrived on campus with much fanfare and a very difficult task. His program needed an injection of talent and while no one doubted Hamilton's gifts as a recruiter, few would have predicted such a sweet early haul."
"If you had told me three years ago that the buzz surrounding basketball among Florida State fans would rival that of both football and baseball here in Tallahassee, I would have said you were crazy. The anticipation for the upcoming basketball season is as high as I can remember it and I was here during the Charlie Ward-Sam Cassell-Bob Sure era. Seminole fans feel like this team is very close. The fans know there is a chance that this team could be very good very soon."
FLORIDA STATE AND THE NBA DRAFT The annual NBA Draft brings fond memories for the Florida State men's basketball team. With three players currently in the league - Sam Cassell (now of the Minnesota Timberwolves), Bob Sura (of the Golden State Warriors) and Charlie Ward (of the New York Knicks) -- many a Seminole player has heard his name called on draft night. There have been 30 Seminoles selected in the draft with seven first round picks and one lottery selection since 1962.
FLORIDA STATE AND FIRST ROUND SELECTIONS IN THE NBA DRAFT Sam Cassell, Bob Sura and Charlie Ward, Florida State's three current players in the NBA, were all were first round selections in the NBA Draft. The Houston Rockets took Cassell with the 24th overall selection in 1993, the New York Knicks took Ward with the 26th overall selection in 1994 and the Cleveland Cavaliers took Sura with the 17th overall pick in 1995.
FLORIDA STATE'S FIRST LOTTERY SELECTION George McCloud, who was taken with the seventh overall pick by Indiana in 1989, became the first Seminole to earn draft lottery status. The Draft Lottery, which includes the first 13 players selected tonight, was limited to the first nine players chosen when McCloud began his career. The Draft Lottery as we know it began in 1985 with Patrick Ewing earning the No. 1 overall selection in the draft.
FORMER SEMINOLE DAVE COWENS AND THE NBA DRAFT Dave Cowens, who is considered to be the greatest player in school history, was selected with the fourth overall selection in the 1970 draft by the Boston Celtics. He was the first of the Seminoles' seven first-round selections. Mitchell Wiggins and Douglas Edwards join Cowens, McCloud, Cassell, Ward and Sura as Florida State's seven first round selections.
FEDOR WAS FLORIDA STATE'S FIRST EVER DRAFT CHOICE Dave Fedor was Florida State's first NBA Draft selection. He was Philadelphia's third round selection in 1962 and enjoyed a fine professional career. Fedor still stands as Florida State's 10th all-time leading scorer with 1,453 points after earning varsity letters in 1960, 61 and 62. During his career as a Seminole, he scored in double figures in 49 consecutive games.