Oct. 17, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C, (seminoles.com) - Florida State, which won the 2012 ACC Championship, was picked to finish fourth in the 2013 ACC standings by the attending media at ACC Operation Basketball at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Seminoles received six first place votes and were placed behind NC State, Duke and North Carolina as they were picked to finish fourth or higher for the fifth consecutive season under 10th-year head coach Leonard Hamilton.
Senior Michael Snaer, who won the Everett Case Award as the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 ACC Tournament, was a pre-season All-ACC selection along with C.J. Leslie (NC State), James Michael McAdoo (North Carolina), Lorenzo Brown (NC State) and Mason Plumlee (Duke). Snaer was tied with Leslie as the two players who received the most votes (50 of 53 votes cast) in the voting for the pre-season All-ACC Team. Snaer averaged a career-high 14.0 points per game as a junior in 2012 and earned All-ACC Second Team Honors.
Florida State was one of three teams to earn first place votes on the 53 ballots cast by the members of the media at the event. The Seminoles received six first place votes - the first time under Hamilton that the Seminoles have received first place votes in the preseason voting at ACC Operation Basketball. Only the Seminoles, the Wolfpack and Duke earned first place votes in the poll.
"I have often said that it's where you finish and not where you start," said Hamilton who has been named the ACC Coach of the Year twice in his career at Florida State (2009 and 2012). "We are continuing to move our program forward and I like where we are as we move into this season. All of our players have worked hard and we are looking forward to the start of the season on November 9 against South Alabama."
Florida State has finished better than it has been predicted to in the ACC standings in each of the last five seasons. The Seminoles were picked to finish third in 2012 preseason predictions and won its first ACC Championship with a 12-4 record in ACC play and wins over Miami, No. 6 Duke and No. 4 North Carolina in the ACC Tournament.
During their current streak playing in a school record four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, the Seminoles have far exceeded their preseason expectations. Florida State was picked to finish 10th in 2009 and finished in fourth place with a 10-6 ACC record; were picked to finish seventh in 2010 and finished in third with a 10-6 mark; were picked to finish in fifth in 2011 and finished in third with an 11-5 record and were picked to finish in third place in 2012 and won the school's first ever ACC Championship.
Snaer, who has played in 101 career games and who has scored 1,071 career points, is looking forward to his senior season as a Seminole.
"Coach Hamilton has done a great job in assembling another strong group of players and I am very excited about our team again this year," said Snaer. "With guys like Ian Miller, Terrance Shannon, Okaro White and Terry Whisnant returning to the line-up and the explosiveness of our freshme n, we can be really good again this season. We all have to play to our potential each and every night out because the ACC is a great league."
The Seminoles were represented at ACC Operation Basketball by Hamilton, Snaer and Miller.
In addition to being selected to finish fourth in the ACC standings, the Seminoles were slotted in a tie for 24th place in the preseason ESPN/USA Today poll. It marks the first time the Seminoles have been ranked in the preseason coaches' poll in school history. Florida State was ranked 15th in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll in finishing as the ACC Champions and with a 25-10 record in 2012.
"It's great for our program to be ranked nationally and it's another step for us to take as we continue to become a program of greater national significance," said Hamilton. "It shows the hard work that my staff and our players continue to put into building our program. But by no means are we satisfied; national rankings are great in November but we want to continue to be ranked throughout the year, play well enough to move up in the rankings and earn a high national ranking at the end of the season."
Florida State plays two exhibition games before opening regular season play against South Alabama. The Seminoles play host to Lincoln Memorial on Oct. 30 and Saint Leo on Nov. 5. Both games will be played in the Donald L. Tucker Center with the game on Nov. 5 serving as the Seminoles' annual game to benefit former Seminole great Aubry Boyd. Boyd enjoyed a standout career for the Seminoles from 1988-91 before being injured in a pick-up football game near his home in Macon, Ga.
ACC Operation Basketball Predicted Order of Finish Rank Team (FPV) Points 1. NC State (26) 601 2. Duke (21) 589 3. North Carolina 520 4. Florida State (6) 484 5. Miami 436 6. Maryland 341 7. Virginia 287 8. Clemson 277 9. Georgia Tech 189 10. Virginia Tech 169 11. Wake Forest 151 12. Boston College 90
Pre-Season All-ACC Team Player, School Votes CJ Leslie, NC State 50 Michael Snaer, Florida State 50 James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina 41 Lorenzo Brown, NC State 40 Mason Plumlee, Duke 39Preseason Player of the Year C.J. Leslie, NC State