Florida State Seminoles men's basketball
|Florida State Seminoles|
|University||Florida State University|
|All-time record||1089-785 (.581)|
|Head coach||Leonard Hamilton (12th year)|
|Arena||Donald L. Tucker Center
|Student section||The Nole Zone|
Garnet and Gold
|NCAA Tournament runner up|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|1972 · 1993|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1972 · 1992 · 1993 · 2011|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|1972 · 1980 · 1991 · 1992 · 1993 · 1998 · 2011 · 2012|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1968 · 1972 · 1978 · 1980 · 1988 · 1989 · 1991 · 1992 · 1993 · 1998 · 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Conference regular season champions|
The Florida State Seminoles men's basketball team represents Florida State University, variously Florida State or FSU, in the intercollegiate sport of basketball. The Seminoles compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Though they have historically played under the shadow of the football program, the Seminoles have had successes on the hardwood and they have achieved unprecedented success in recent years. Florida State has made fourteen NCAA Tournament appearances: advancing to the Round of 32 on eight occasions, the Sweet Sixteen on four occasions, the Elite Eight on two occasions,the Final Four on one occasion, and the championship game on one occasion, finishing as runner-up. Florida State has also made eight appearances in the National Invitation Tournament.
In the sixty-six season history of the Seminole basketball program, the Seminoles have won the regular season conference title four times and the conference tournament title three times, including one ACC championship.
Florida State has had eighteen All-Americans, twenty-six players inducted into the Hall of Fame, and thirty-one players that went on to play in the NBA. Jeff Sagarin and ESPN listed the program 74th in the college basketball all-time rankings in the 'ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia'.
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Head Coaches
- 4 Records and results
- 5 Awards
- 6 Home court
- 7 Players
- 8 Mascot
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The Florida State Seminoles men's team annually plays an eighteen-game conference schedule that is preceded by an out-of-conference schedule against few annual opponents except for Florida. Their conference schedule consists of a home-and-home game against two permanent rivals (Miami and Clemson), alternating home-and-home games against the other twelve ACC teams.
Florida State University has officially fielded a basketball team since 1947, and the Seminoles are currently in their 67th season of play.
Don Loucks Era (1947-1948)
Don Loucks served as the first basketball coach for the Florida State Seminoles. He coached at the school for one year and compiled an overall record of 5-13, becoming one of only two coaches to leave the program with a losing record.
J.K. Kennedy Era (1949-1966)
After the departure of Loucks, J.K. Kennedy became the coach. He was the first coach to find success at Florida State, holding the position for eighteen years and compiling a record of 234-208. Kennedy is currently the winningest coach in the program's history.
Hugh Durham Era (1967-1978)
Hugh Durham played at Florida State in the 1950s, scoring 1,381 points in three years. His average of 21.9 points per game in 1958–59 is the seventh best tally in Florida State history. Durham's career average of 18.9 points per game is still the ninth best in school history. After his playing career had ended, he began his coaching career as an assistant coach in 1959. Seven years later, Durham would be named head coach in 1966. One of the top players during this time was future NBA Hall-of-Famer Dave Cowens. Durham led the Seminoles from 1966 to 1978. In 1972, Durham led Florida State to a runner-up finish in the NCAA tournament. A hard-fought 81–76 loss to the top-ranked UCLA Bruins in the NCAA Championship game prevented Durham's Florida State team from winning the NCAA Tournament. Another key player for the Seminoles was Harry Davis, who helped the program sustain stability.
Durham's overall record at Florida State was a 230–95 record with three NCAA tournament bids. He still owns the highest winning percentage of any Florida State coach at .708. Durham is the only coach in NCAA history to be the all-time winningest coach (percentage or wins) at three different Division I schools.
Joe Williams Era (1979-1986)
After the departure of Hugh Durham, Joe Williams took over the Seminole basketball program. One of the standout players during this period was George McCloud. McCloud helped the Seminoles rebuild after the departure of Durham by becoming one of the most prolific scorers in FSU history. During his senior season, McCloud had the second-highest scoring average and the sixth-highest in Florida State history. Joe Williams would coach his final season in 1986.
Pat Kennedy Era (1987-1997)
The 1992–1993 season would see the emergence of one of the Seminoles' best players in its history, Sam Cassell. Not much was expected of the Seminoles in 1992 as they entered into their first season in the ACC, yet they finished second in the conference to national champion Duke. The team repeated the second-place finish in 1993, establishing itself as a legitimate national power. In the 1993 NCAA Tournament they fell to Kentucky in the Elite Eight round. In Kennedy's final season (1996–1997) he led the team to the NIT Final, losing to the Michigan Wolverines.
Steve Robinson Era (1998-2002)
Steve Robinson took over the program for the 1997–1998 season and led the Seminoles to the NCAA tournament his first year. However, the team suffered losing records the next four seasons and Robinson left the program after the 2001–2002 campaign. Robinson is now an assistant coach with the North Carolina Tarheels.
Leonard Hamilton Era (2003-Present)
Leonard Hamilton became Florida State’s seventh head basketball coach on March 19, 2002. In two years, Tim Pickett scored 1,039 points, earning him First-Team All-ACC and All-American Honorable Mention honors. In the 2008–2009 season, Hamilton led the Seminoles to a #5 seed in the NCAA tournament and runner-up in the ACC tournament. Hamilton was named ACC coach of the year in 2009 and 2012. Hamilton is also the first Seminole coach to win an ACC championship, capturing the league tournament title in 2012. During his tenure, Florida State has been the third-most successful team in the conference.
Florida State has had seven head coaches.
Current coaching staff
|Leonard Hamilton||Head Coach|
|Stan Jones||Associate head coach|
|Charlton Young||Assistant coach|
|Dennis Gates||Assistant coach|
|Michael Bradley||Strength and Conditioning coach|
|Kyle Cregan||Video Coordinator|
|Jacob Ridenhour||Director of Operations|
|Erick Casto||Equipment Manager|
Records and results
|1950–1951||J.K. Kennedy||18-9||7–0||Dixie Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1954–1955||J.K. Kennedy||22-4||10-0||Florida Intercollegiate Conference Champions|
|1967–1968||Hugh Durham||19-8||NCAA First Round|
|1971–1972||Hugh Durham||27-6||NCAA Runner-Up|
|1977–1978||Hugh Durham||23-6||12–1||NCAA First Round; Metro Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1979–1980||Joe Williams||22-9||7-5||NCAA Second Round|
|1983–1984||Joe Williams||20-11||9-5||NIT Second Round|
|1986–1987||Pat Kennedy||19-11||6-6||NIT Second Round|
|1987–1988||Pat Kennedy||19-11||7-5||NCAA First Round|
|1988–1989||Pat Kennedy||22-8||9-3||NCAA First Round; Metro Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1990–1991||Pat Kennedy||21-11||9-5||NCAA Second Round; Metro Conference Tournament Champions|
|1991–1992||Pat Kennedy||22-10||11-5||NCAA Sweet 16|
|1992–1993||Pat Kennedy||25-10||12-4||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1996–1997||Pat Kennedy||20-12||6-10||NIT Runner-Up|
|1997–1998||Steve Robinson||18-14||6-10||NCAA Second Round|
|2003–2004||Leonard Hamilton||19-14||6-10||NIT Second Round|
|2005–2006||Leonard Hamilton||20-10||9-7||NIT Second Round|
|2006–2007||Leonard Hamilton||22-13||7-9||NIT Quarterfinals|
|2007–2008||Leonard Hamilton||19-15||7-9||NIT First Round|
|2008–2009||Leonard Hamilton||25-10||10-6||NCAA First Round|
|2009–2010||Leonard Hamilton||22-10||10-6||NCAA First Round|
|2010–2011||Leonard Hamilton||23-11||11-5||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2011-2012||Leonard Hamilton||25-10||12-4||NCAA Second Round; ACC Tournament Champions|
|2012-2013||Leonard Hamilton||18-16||9-9||NIT First Round|
Florida State has appeared in the postseason a total of twenty-two times. The Seminoles have appeared in the post-season for eight straight years.
NCAA Tournament seeding
The Seminoles have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament eight times.
All-time record vs. ACC teams
All-time record vs. Rival
- Solomon Alabi
- James Collins
- Dave Cowens
- Toney Douglas
- Hugh Durham
- Dave Fedor
- Alton Lee Gipson
- Alexander Johnson
- Ron King
- George McCloud
- Jim Oler
- Tim Pickett
- Chris Singleton
- Bob Sura
- Al Thornton
- Ham Wernke
- Mitchell Wiggins
ACC Coach of the Year
- Pat Kennedy (1992)
- Leonard Hamilton (2009, 2012)
ACC Defensive Player of the Year (since 2005)
- Toney Douglas (2009)
- Chris Singleton (2010)
Academic awards and achievements
Florida State has had multiple players selected as Academic All-Americans based on scholar performance.
Donald L. Tucker Center
|Boris Bojanovsky||C||Fr.||15||7-3||240||Bratislava, Slovak Republic||Oakley College|
|Devon Bookert||G||Fr.||1||6-3||185||Anchorage, Alaska||West Anchorage|
|Montay Brandon||G||Fr.||5||6-7||216||Greensboro, North Carolina||Wesleyan Christian|
|Robert Gilchrist||F||Jr.||14||6-9||220||London, England||Polk State College|
|Joell Hopkins||F||So.||35||6-6||205||Durham, North Carolina||Tallahassee Community College|
|Ian Miller||G||Jr.||30||6-3||186||Charlotte, North Carolina||United Faith Christian Academy|
|Joey Moreau||G||Sr.||33||6-2||179||Henderson, Nevada||IMG Academy|
|Michael Ojo||C||Fr.||50||7-1||290||Lagos, Nigeria||Tennessee Temple|
|Rafael Portundo||G||Sr.||20||5-11||165||Miami, Florida||Dade College|
|Terrance Shannon||F||RJr.||2||6-8||240||Forsyth, Georgia||Mary Persons|
|Michael Snaer||F||Sr.||21||6-5||202||Moreno Valley, California||Rancho Verde|
|Aaron Thomas||G||Fr.||25||6-5||195||Cincinnati, Ohio||Brewster Academy|
|Kiel Turpin||C||RJr.||11||7-0||240||Normal, Illinois||Lincoln College|
|Terry Whisnant II||G||So.||31||6-3||185||Cherryville, North Carolina||Cherryville|
|Okaro White||F||Jr.||10||6-8||202||Clearwater, Florida||Clearwater|
- Solomon Alabi, NBA player, Toronto Raptors
- Sam Cassell, NBA All-Star, #20 on FSU all-time scoring list (only played 2 years at FSU)
- Dave Cowens, all-time FSU rebounding leader, NBA Hall-of-Famer
- Harry Davis, former NBA player and 1978 Metro Conference co-player of the year
- Toney Douglas, NBA player, runner-up for 2009 ACC Player of the Year, 2009 ACC Defensive Player of the Year
- Hugh Durham former player and head coach at Florida State University
- George McCloud, former NBA player, 7th overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft, first lottery selection in FSU history
- Tim Pickett, 2003-04 First-Team All-ACC and All-American Honorable Mention
- Ryan Reid, NBA player, Oklahoma City Thunder
- Chris Singleton, 18th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, 2010 ACC Defensive Player of the Year
- Bob Sura, all-time FSU scoring leader with 2,130 points, 17th overall pick in 1995 NBA Draft
- Al Thornton, NBA player, runner-up for 2007 ACC Player of the Year
- Von Wafer, NBA player, only the seventh McDonald's High School All-American to play at Florida State University
- Charlie Ward, former FSU point guard and quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner
Dave Cowens is the only player to have his number retired by the Seminoles.
Some jerseys have been honored although their numbers are still active.
Current NBA Players
- Solomon Alabi, Toronto Raptors
- Toney Douglas, Sacramento Kings
- Bernard James, Dallas Mavericks
- Ryan Reid, Oklahoma City Thunder
- Chris Singleton, Washington Wizards
Florida State recently revived the character of Cimarron, a costume mascot that will make appearances at many FSU athletic events and functions. In addition, the character will make public appearances and will be available for functions at area schools and service projects, as well as with the spirit groups.
- The ESPN/Sagarin All-Time Rankings
- "Hugh Durham" (English). Retrieved 2009-03-11.
- "The 20th Greatest College Basketball In The South: Florida State Seminoles" (English). Retrieved 2009-03-11.
- "Florida State Basketball" (English). Retrieved 2009-03-13.
- "Total Appearances in the AP Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
- "All-time NCAA tourney win-loss records". cbs.sportsline.com. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
- "The Donald L. Tucker Center Florida State’s Basketball Home" (English). Retrieved 2009-03-11.
- "FSU Retired Numbers/Jerseys" at Seminoles website
- "Florida State Revives Cimarron Character to Promote Athletics". Florida State 24/7. Retrieved 2012-04-26.