JUCO Help Wanted

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton never found the steadfast leader he was looking for this season. The effects were evident as Hamilton's young Seminole's stumbled to a 12-19 record this season and lost eight conference games by a total of ten points. See where he plans to get help.

Following FSU's season-ending loss to N.C. State in the opening round of the ACC tournament, Hamilton pointed to lack of experience and leadership as the biggest reasons why the Seminoles underachieved.

"We went from maybe being the most experienced team in the ACC last season in terms of starts to the least experienced," Hamilton said. "We didn't have an experienced guy like Tim Pickett who could bail us out this season."

Much like he did in grabbing Pickett and Nate Johnson, Hamilton said he and his staff will likely go after a player from the junior college ranks to bring some maturity to the team.

"We have identified some players already that we are hopeful can help us save some of our problems," Hamilton said. "We might have to bring in a kid like (Pickett) to help us stabilize things."

Youth – not talent – prevented a leader from coming forward this season, Hamilton said.

"Sometimes you have to be successful in your own right to be able to accomplish that. At some point that leadership has to come from within the team an we were very inconsistent in that area."

"We did not have that Nate Johnson-type leader this season where you have a coach on the floor, in the lockerroom and on campus."


The Von Wafer enigma continued Thursday. Wafer did not start and made just
1-of-9 shots in 21 minutes against the Wolfpack for two points.

Wafer, FSU's leading scorer, managed just 15 points over the last five games in sporadic playing time while in Hamilton's doghouse.

Rumors of the McDonald's All-American transferring have been ramapant and Hamilton refused to address the topic.

"There are other players who have played less minutes and you're not asking us about them," he said. "Kids' minutes are constantly going up and down with the way things are going."

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