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FSU Scouting Report
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Head Coach Leonard Hamilton: Leonard Hamilton (226-227) has over 30 years of coaching experience at the highest and most intense levels of basketball. Hamilton is in his second season with FSU and has apparently turned the corner with the Seminole program. Highlights from his first year at FSU, included an upset of #5 Duke and inking the #1 recruiting class in the nation.
Early Season: Florida State, is off to its best 14-game start to a season since winning 13 of its first 14 games to begin the 1988-89 season. After winning their first 10 games of the year to establish a school record for wins at the start of a season, the Seminoles enter Sunday's game against the Wolfpack with a 12-2 mark and victories in two of their last three games. The Seminoles were the first team in the nation to reach double figures in wins as they gained the 10th victory of the season Dec. 20 against Chicago State.
Probable Starting 5: F – #22 G Tim Pickett (Sr 6-4 207), 14.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 2.4 stp... F – #54 Anthony Richardson (Jr 6-7 189), 10.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 apg... F – #32 Alexander Johnson (FR 6-10 250), 8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg... G – #23 Von Wafer (Fr 6-5 210), 8.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg... F – #1 Michael Joiner (Sr 6-7 238), 5.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg.
FSU's Top Gun: All-American and All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett has not been a disappointment for the Seminoles in their first 14 games. The senior guard leads FSU with 14.1 ppg and is third in rebounding with 3.2 board per game. Pickett's quickness shows in his eye popping stat of 34 steals for the season. Tim has turned his game up to another level as serious ACC plays begins. Pickett, who averaged 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals as the Seminoles split two games last week, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Stingy Defense: Florida State enters Sunday's game against NC State ranked fourth in the ACC in scoring defense and is one of four conference teams which is allowing less than 60 points per game by its opponents. The Seminoles are surrendering 7.0 fewer points per game this season as compared to last season when they led the ACC and ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense.
FSU's Offense Sizzles: Florida State is shooting .540 (54-of-100) from the field in the last two games. The Seminoles shot .556 (30-of-54) from the field against Stetson and .522 (24-of-46) from the field against Florida. FSU enters Sunday's game against NC State ranked fourth in the ACC with a field goal shooting percentage of .478. The Seminoles have improved their shooting from the field by 4.6 percentage points as compared to last season
Experienced Players: Besides the five seniors on the FSU team, the Seminoles have built their roster with experience. Their roster consist of 11 combined seasons of either junior college or high school preparatory playing season.
Road Woes: NC State road woes are no secret. Look for a frenzied FSU crowd to push he Seminoles to take advantage of this weakness of the Pack. Players like Julius Hodge and Marcus Melvin need to step out and have All-ACC performances to put the slumping road games to an end.
Key Match-Up: Backcourt vs. backcourt: True freshman Engin Atsur and slumping Scooter Sherrill will be challenged against Tim Pickett's and Von Wafer's quickness on the perimeter. Matching both players defensively will be difficult for NC State, as Hodge will more than likely have his hands full with forward Anthony Richardson. When the Pack is on offense, the NCSU guards need to hold their turnovers to single digits. The FSU speed in transition can be a game winner, and the best way to contain them is to keep the turnovers to a respectable number.
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Florida State's Tim Pickett led the Seminoles in scoring with 15 as the Seminoles upset the Blue Devils in 2003, 75-70, for Leonard Hamilton's biggest victory to date as the Seminole coach. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)
|No||Name||Pos||Ht||Wt||Yr||City (High School)|
|1||Michael Joiner||F||6-7||238||SR||Fayetteville, N.C./Seventy-First|
|4||Todd Galloway||G||5-11||178||SO||Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame (Va.) Academy|
|10||Nate Johnson||G||6-3||183||SR||Kansas City, Mo./Ruskin|
|12||Al Thornton||F||6-7||208||FR||Perry, Ga./Perry|
|20||Andrew Wilson||G||6-6||206||SO||Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison|
|21||Benson Callier||G||6-6||204||SO||St. Petersburg, Fla./George Junior (Pa.) Republic|
|22||Tim Pickett||G||6-4||207||SR||Daytona Beach, Fla./Daytona Beach Mainland|
|23||Von Wafer||G||6-5||210||FR||Homer, La./Heritage (Tex.) Christian|
|25||Romero Diego||F||6-10||245||JR||Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina|
|30||Orenn Fells||F||6-6||196||SR||Winston-Salem, N.C./Carver|
|32||Alexander Johnson||F||6-10||250||FR||Albany, Ga./Dougherty|
|33||Mike Mathews||F/C||6-10||230||SR||Blountstown/Florida High School|
|51||Adam Waleskowski||F||6-8||240||JR||Kettering, Ohio/Bishop Alter|
|54||Anthony Richardson||F||6-7||189||JR||Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road|
*Thanks to Seminole.com for much of the information in this preview.