Oct. 14, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State University senior guard Tim Pickett, the ACC's leading returner in steals and second leading returning scorer, is a pre-season All-ACC second-team selection and the choice as the league's top defender by Lindy's College Basketball Annual which is available on newsstands now. Pickett is featured on the cover of the publication along with Florida's David Lee and Miami's Darius Rice.
Pickett averaged 17.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game as he led Florida State to an upset victory over No. 5 Duke and into the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament during the 2002-03 season. He was an All-ACC second-team selection and named to the ACC All-Defensive team in a vote of the leagues nine coaches as a junior. Pickett tied for fourth in the nation with 82 steals and tied for fourth in the nation with a 2.83 steals per game average. He led the ACC in steals and became the first Seminole since Charlie Ward in 1994 to lead the ACC in steals.
The magazine picked the Seminoles to finish sixth in the always-tough ACC stating: "Leonard Hamilton has dramatically improved the talent level."
The Seminoles' No. 1 ranked recruiting class also drew rave reviews from the college basketball pundits who compiled the information for the magazine.
The recruiting class of Von Wafer, Diego Romero and Alexander Johnson was called the 'Best Group of Recruits'; Johnson was considered to be the best incoming rebounder while Wafer is said to be the mot significant signing coup and best new jump shooter in the league.
Regarding Wafer, the magazine said: 'Wafer might have been the signing coup of 2002-03 - nationally. He'll average 20-plus points before long.'
Practice begins Saturday for the Seminoles along with the rest of the college basketball world. The Seminoles open their regular season Nov. 21 in Tallahassee against Maine and play a school-record 17-game home schedule in 2003-04. Season tickets are available by calling the FSU Ticket Office at (850) 644-1830.