Hoop It Up

Senior Tim Pickett, who earned All-America Honorable Mention honors and led Florida State to the second round of the NIT, earned a team-high five awards at the Seminoles' annual men's basketball banquet at the University Center Club on Tuesday. Pickett earned awards for the most improved student-athlete, along with the best offensive and defensive player awards in addition to his senior and letterman certificates.

Florida State senior guard Tim Pickett ended his Seminole career with a bang Tuesday night.

Pickett, who earned All-America Honorable Mention honors and led the Seminoles to the second round of the NIT, earned a team-high five awards at the Seminoles' annual men's basketball banquet at the University Center Club.

Pickett earned awards for the most improved student-athlete, along with the best offensive and defensive player awards in addition to his senior and letterman certificates at the event attended by nearly 700 men's basketball fans.

Pickett averaged 16.5 points, 2.5 steals and made 110 3-point shots this season as he became the first Seminole to earn All-America Honorable Mention honors since Bob Sura in 1995. Pickett also became only the second player in school history to earn All-ACC First Team Honors this season. Sura had previously earned the honor as a junior in 1994.

Senior point guard Nate Johnson matched Pickett's haul with five awards while junior forward Adam Waleskowski earned three.

Johnson was lauded with the awards for best 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.420), the Otto Petty Most Assists Award (125 assists/3.8 apg), the unsung hero award along with his senior and letterman certificates. Johnson (Kansas City, Mo.,) led the ACC in assist:turnover ratio (3.2:1) and ranked sixth in the league in assists. Waleskowski (Dayton, Ohio) was presented with the Dave Cowens Chairman of the Boards Award (178 rebounds/5.4 apg), the Sixth Man Award and the Most Improved Player Award. Waleskowski led the Seminoles in rebounding despite starting only three games this season.

Freshman Alexander Johnson (Albany, Ga.) earned two awards – the First Year Academic Award and the Best Field Goal Shooting Percentage Award. Johnson earned a 2.938 grade point average during his first semester at Florida State and shot a team-leading .551 from the field this season. Graduating senior Orenn Fells (Jacksonville, Fla.) was presented with two awards during the event – the Outstanding Student Athlete Award and his senior plaque. Fells, who will graduate May 2 with a degree in sport management, earned Dean's List Honors during the fall with a 3.57 GPA.

Sophomore Andrew Wilson (Kennesaw, Ga.), who missed the majority of the last two seasons and returned to play in 32 games during the season, was presented with the Mr. Hustle Award while junior Anthony Richardson (Raleigh, N.C.) earned the award as the team's top free throw shooter. Seniors Michael Joiner (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Mike Mathews (Blountstown, Fla.) earned their senior plaque and lettermen's certificate.

Said Head Coach Leonard Hamilton:

"This is a great night during which we have the opportunity to say thank you to the players who have meant so much to our program. Our senior class has been so important in the turnaround of our program and we are honored to be able to call them life-long Seminoles. They will be remembered as the players who started us on the road being one of the top programs in the nation."

Mr. Hustle Award Andrew Wilson
First Year Academic Achievement Award: Alexander Johnson
Most Improved Student-Athlete AwardTim Pickett
Outstanding Student Athlete Orenn Fells
Best Field Goal Percentage Award Alexander Johnson
Best 3-Point Field Goal Percentage Award Nate Johnson Best Free Throw Percentage Award Anthony Richardson
Otto Petty Most Assists Award Nate Johnson
Dave Cowens Chairman of the Boards Award Adam Waleskowski
Sixth Man Award Adam Waleskowski
Bob Sura Outstanding Offensive Player Award Tim Pickett
Charlie Ward Outstanding Defensive Player Award Tim Pickett
Most Improved Player AwardAdam Waleskowski
Unsung Hero Award Nate Johnson
Senior Plaques Orenn Fells, Mike Mathews, Michael Joiner, Nate Johnson,Tim Pickett

Report furnished by FSU sports information office.


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