Oct. 16, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (seminoles.com) - Florida State seniors Ian Miller and Okaro White, who played on Florida State's 2012 ACC Championship team, and two-time ACC Coach of the Year Leonard Hamilton represented the Seminoles at ACC Basketball Media Day which was jointly at The Ritz Carlton Hotel and the headquarters of ESPNU. The trio of Seminoles spent the day answering questions from regional and national media while participating in an array of activities with ESPN's stable of talented personalities.
The Seminoles begin play in the new ACC this season - now considered to be the best conference in the history of college basketball with the addition of Notre Dame, Pit and Syracuse. The ACC is now home to three of the top five and five of the top 25 winningest programs in the history of college basketball: North Carolina (three), Duke (four), Syracuse (five), Notre Dame (nine) and NC State (25th).
Duke was selected as the 2013-14 season as the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite, according to a vote of media in attendance at the event. The Blue Devils, who return starting guards Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon from last season's 30-6 NCAA Regional finalist, and whose group of newcomers includes sophomore transfer Rodney Hood and freshman Jabari Parker, received 50 of 54 first-place votes in a preseason poll of media in attendance at Wednesday's event.
ACC newcomer Syracuse (three first-place votes) placed second in the voting, followed by North Carolina (one first-place vote) and Virginia. Notre Dame placed fifth, followed by Pittsburgh, Maryland and Boston College. Florida State placed ninth, followed by NC State, Georgia Tech, defending ACC champion Miami, Wake Forest, Clemson and Virginia Tech.
Syracuse senior forward C.J. Fair, who led the Orange in scoring (14.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg) last season, received the nod as ACC Preseason Player of the Year. Fair received 17 votes in the Player of the Year balloting, edging Virginia senior Joe Harris (16 votes) by one. Duke's Parker, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward from Chicago, was the overwhelming choice as ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year on 52 of the 54 ballots cast. Fair, Harris, Parker, Hood and Notre Dame's Jerian Grant were selected as the Preseason All-ACC Team.
With Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse joining the ACC for the 2013-14 season, the conference now boasts 15 members. In addition to an 18-game regular-season conference schedule, the 61st annual ACC Tournament will consist of 14 games and will be played from Wednesday through Sunday (March 12-16).
Florida State opens its season on Nov. 8 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee against Jacksonville at 8:00 p.m. The Seminoles play host to Southeastern University (Fla.) in its first exhibition on Oct. 30 and Flagler College on Nov. 4 in its second exhibition. The game against Flagler will be played to benefit the Aubry Boyd Foundation. Both exhibitions begin at 7:00 p.m.
ACC Operation Basketball 2013-14 Preseason Poll (First-place votes in parenthesis) Rank Team Points 1. Duke (50) 805 2. Syracuse (3) 753 3. North Carolina (1) 668 4. Virginia 612 5. Notre Dame 608 6. Pitt 477 7. Maryland 473 8. Boston College 457 9. Florida State 334 10. NC State 332 11. Georgia Tech 311 12. Miami 224 13. Wake Forest 220 14. Clemson 141 15. Virginia Tech 65
2013-14 Preseason All-ACC Team C.J. Fair, Syracuse Joe Harris, Virginia Rodney Hood, Duke Jerian Grant, Notre Dame Jabari Parker, Duke
ACC Preseason Player of the Year
ACC Rookie of the Year