Pickett signs to play basketball at FSU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Tim Pickett, the 2002 Most Valuable Player for the Indian River Community College men's basketball team and a National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region VIII Selection has signed a scholarship grant-in-aid to attend Florida State and play basketball for first-year head coach Leonard Hamilton. Pickett will begin playing for the Seminoles this fall and has two years of eligibility remaining.

Pickett (Daytona Beach, Fla.) averaged 21.0 points and 6.1 rebounds in leading Indian River to within one game of the National Junior College National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. In helping the Pioneers to the Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) championship game, Pickett was named to the All-Tournament team. Indian River fell to St. Petersburg, 80-76, in overtime in the championship game. Pickett scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the title game after scoring 26 points in the semifinals.

Pickett, a 6-4 guard, earned All-Southern Conference first-team honors and was a FCAA All-State and NJCAA All-Region VIII selection.

"Tim is a very talented basketball player who is a great shooter and strong ball handler," said IRCC head coach Mike Leatherwood. "He always plays with great intensity and was our most talented player. He is fast and attacks the basket, he will be a heck of a player for Florida State."

Pickett, who set the IRCC record with 125 3-point shots made this past season, originally signed with South Carolina after his first year at Indian River in 2001 but had his transfer denied by the Southeastern Conference. The SEC mandates players must complete at least three consecutive semesters at an institution before being allowed to enroll in a conference school. Pickett averaged 16 points during his first junior college season at Daytona Beach Community College.

"Tim brings experience and maturity to our basketball team," said Hamilton. "Those two aspects of his game along with his statistics speak for themselves. He is very athletic and has the versatility to play more than one position."

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