After falling just short of an elusive NCAA Tournament bid, the Seminoles advanced to the second round of the National Invitational Tournament.
Pickett was the only Seminole to average in double digits in scoring a season ago.
Despite that loss, the Seminoles may be better equipped to succeed Hamilton's up-tempo style of play that calls for intense defense to lead to transition opportunities. FSU adds five talented newcomers – all fruits of Hamilton's last two recruiting classes - to the fold to complement six holdovers.
Guards Isaiah Swann, Ralph Mims and Jason Rich join the team as heralded freshmen. Diego Romero and Antonio Griffin are junior college transfers from last season's class that have resolved eligibility issues and will contribute in the frontcourt.
"We have a nice mix of knowledgeable veterans and talented new players," Hamilton said.
"We're making progress."
Sophomore sharpshooter Von Wafer will likely start at Pickett's two-guard spot and senior forwards Adam Waleskowski and Anthony Richardson will be called upon to provide leadership in addition to points in the paint.
In an impressive win over Panamericana Universidad de Mexico that was the lone exhibition of the season, Todd Galloway and Swann split time at the point guard spot, combining for seven assists against zero turnovers.
Romero, a versatile inside-outside threat in the high post, completes the starting five.
At 6-6, Andrew Wilson has the size and shooting touch to play guard or small forward. Wilson, a fifth-year junior, overcame a myriad of injuries to have a successful season last year.
"We have a lot of talent in here now and they've picked things up quickly," Wilson said. "We have to take it out to the court now."