FSU Basketball Notebook

After his team's shocking loss to FIU two weeks ago, FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said he was still looking for one of his players to step up and distinguish himself in key offensive situations. Since then both Von Wafer and Adam Waleskowski have stepped up to answer the call.


Waleskowski turned in his best performances of his career in 20-plus point performances against South Alabama and Maryland. The senior has flashed his inside-outside versatility and was the team's leading scorer (9.5 ppg) heading in FSU's 101-57 win over JU Tuesday. He also grabbed 20 boards in those games.

Wafer, who wields arguably the most extensive array of offensive tools, thinks he has his early-season struggles figured out. Following his team-high 17-point performance against the Dolphins, Wafer said taking some pressure off of himself allowed him to fare better.

"I just wanted to let loose and do what got me here," he said. "Were wanting to start the season over and set a new tone. We'll have to grow from this victory."

Hamilton, who also saw some positive signs against JU, has benched wafer for two regular season games and the exhibition.

"He took a little bit of pressure off himself, went out and played, and relaxed," he said. "People don't realize he is still a work in progress because of some of the things he can do offensively."

MEATIER FARE ON THE WAY: FSU plays host to Stetson Thursday before embarking on a brutal run for the rest of the season that includes the balance of the ACC slate and non-conference games opposite LSU, Florida and U Mass. The Seminoles play the Tigers Dec. 30 the Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans before hosting the Gators Jan. 2 at the Civic Center. The Feb. 15 road date in Amherst provides a one-game foray from the ACC schedule.

"We're about to go down murder's row," Hamilton said. "In my opinion there could not be a better opportunity for a team that is 6-5. Maybe that will motivate us and bring us closer together. Going on the road and playing better competition, you see how this team rises to the occasion. Unfortunately we played down to our competition there for a little bit."

QUOTABLE: "If that's the real Florida State, then they are in good shape." - JU coach Hugh Durham, who led FSU to a 230-95 record in eight seasons at Seminoles' coach.

ETC: Al Thornton did not play against the Dolphins because of a left ankle sprain he sustained in the final play at Maryland in which he fouled Terps' point guard John Gilchrist…..Waleskowski and Andrew Wilson were held of most of the second half to give younger Seminoles Antonio Griffin, Ralph Mims and Alexander Johnson extended minutes.

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