Tag:Florida State
Posted on: April 13, 2011 3:16 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 6:01 pm

FSU's Singleton entering draft with agent

Florida State junior Chris Singleton announced Wednesday that he will enter the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-9 forward will sign with an agent.

His college career is over.

Singleton averagd 13.1 points and 6.8 rebounds this season despite being limited for three games and missing six others because of an injury suffered in February. Still, the Georgia native helped the Seminoles make the NCAA tournament. FSU finished 23-11 after losing to VCU in overtime of the Sweet 16.

DraftExpress.com projects Singleton to be picked in the first round.

The NBA Draft is June 26.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:30 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 10:39 pm

Barnes' play now matching potential

It was more than four months ago when I named Harrison Barnes the preseason National Player of the Year.

I was wrong.

And no matter how this season ends, I'll still be wrong because the National Player of the Year will be Jimmer Fredette. Or Jared Sullinger. Or Nolan Smith. Could be any of those three ... or even JaJuan Johnson, I guess. But it won't be Harrison Barnes, and I came to terms with that a while ago.

But I hope you now at least see why I did it.

Surely, you now see why I did it.

Barnes buried a 3-pointer in the final seconds Wednesday to give No. 13 North Carolina a 72-70 win over Florida State. It was the latest nice moment for a freshman who's had a bunch recently, another big shot for a kid who is finishing as strong as he started slow. Barnes is averaging 17.9 points and 6.4 rebounds during UNC's past 10 games. Wednesday's clutch shot ensured the Tar Heels will have an opportunity to play for an outright ACC championship against Duke on Saturday. But what I found more impressive than the shot was the idea that led to the shot.

It was a straight isolation play at the top of the key.


You know how a coach will give the ball to Kobe Bryant or LeBron James late and just tell him to go make a play and win the game? That's basically what Roy Williams did with Barnes. Williams got Barnes the ball at the top and asked him to win the game, and he did. It was the latest bit of evidence that suggests Williams trusts Barnes immensely, and an undeniable sign that Barnes is blossoming into everything he was supposed to be.

Granted, he still won't be National Player of the Year.

But Most Outstanding Player of next week's ACC tournament suddenly seems like a reasonable goal.
Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:06 am
Edited on: January 13, 2011 1:53 am

So I was at Vanderbilt one night and ...

NASHVILLE -- Someday my grandchildren will ask where I was the night the reigning national champion and top-ranked Duke Blue Devils lost to a Florida State team that had previously lost to an Auburn team that had previously lost to pretty much everybody -- my grandchildren will probably never ask that, I know, but just play along -- and I'll look those precious little things in the eyes and mumble four words: Talking to Festus Ezeli.

That's life in this job, huh?

You drive through snow and sit in a gym with weird bench placement because a game at Memorial between Georgia and Vanderbilt figures to be among the night's best, and by the end of the night you're sitting in a gym with weird bench placement watching a TV showing Florida State fans storming the court after an improbable 66-61 victory over Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils. I mean, Florida State lost to Auburn earlier this month, and Auburn might not win another game this season unless Cecil Newton has another son who can A) really hoop, and B) get eligible by February.

Short of that, I'm not optimistic.

Auburn stinks this season.

But Auburn somehow beat Florida State.

And now Florida State has somehow beaten Duke.

So let me tell you what it means and what it doesn't mean.

It means:
  • Duke is vulnerable without Kyrie Irving.
  • Ohio State will likely be the new No. 1 on Monday afternoon.
  • Kansas and Syracuse fans will spend Monday afternoon complaining.
It does not mean:
  • Duke is seriously flawed.
  • Duke was overrated.
  • Duke can't repeat.
Just as people were over-the-top with the Duke-might-go-undefeated talking point from November until about 45 minutes ago, folks will now spend a few days picking the Blue Devils apart. It's how we do things in 2011, and it's inevitable. So let me go ahead and address the question many will ask.

Question: Does Duke have problems?

Answer: Yes.

But Duke's problems are still probably smaller than everybody else's problems.

Don't ever forget that.

Duke took a bad loss on the road late Wednesday, sure. It happens in this sport. But the Blue Devils still have two All-Americans, a terrific supporting cast and the nation's most accomplished coach. So though I understand why you might be concerned that Duke couldn't do Wednesday what Auburn did last week, focusing too much on that fun little fact is good way to skew reality and lose sight of the larger picture.

Bottom line, the Blue Devils are still really good.

They're just not perfect.

But neither is anybody else.

So my guess is that they'll be just fine.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 2, 2010 12:51 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 12:55 pm

Duke teammates highlight 10-man USA Select Team

Duke teammates Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler headline a group of 10 college basketball players selected to train with the 2010 USA Men’s World Championship Team finalists next week in New York, USA basketball announced Monday.

The full college roster includes:
  • JaJuan Johnson (Purdue)
  • Jon Leuer (Wisconsin)
  • Shelvin Mack (Butler)
  • Kyle Singler (Duke)
  • Chris Singleton (Florida State)
  • Nolan Smith (Duke)
  • Trey Thompkins (Georgia)
  • Mike Tisdale (Illinois)
  • Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
  • Chris Wright (Dayton)
"One of the great developments of our Las Vegas camp was the USA Select Team which consisted of juniors and seniors out of the college ranks that we brought in to scrimmage against the USA National Team," said USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. "[Washington coach] Lorenzo Romar and [Villanova coach] Jay Wright did a terrific job of coaching the select players in Las Vegas. It worked so well we’ve decided to bring to New York a smaller group of players from that Select Team to do the same thing. They were very valuable to us and it’s a great experience for them."

The college players will arrive in New York Aug. 9 and train Aug. 10-13.
Posted on: February 16, 2010 10:02 am
Edited on: February 16, 2010 11:06 am

BC assistant allegedly shoves FSU band member

Boston College assistant Bonzie Colson shoved a Florida State pep band member and cursed at him before Sunday's loss at FSU, according to a report taken by an off-duty trooper working the game. The Florida State University Police Department is investigating the alleged incident.

It was first reported by Tallahassee.com.

"I ... was exiting the basketball court and found myself stuck between the media table and the basketball team," the student stated in writing, according to Tallahassee.com. "A coach was in my way ... I looked at him and said, ‘excuse me.’ He took his hands, one on each of my shoulders, and shoved me by him."

The student said Colson then told him, "Get the (expletive) off my court." Two other students submitted statements supporting the band member’s story, according to Tallahassee.com.

BC officials are aware of the report, which was forwarded to the FSUPD.

Maj. Jim Russell told Tallahassee.com the incident is being investigated as a possible battery.

Posted on: January 25, 2010 4:20 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2010 4:51 pm

The Poll Attacks

Keep ranking Louisiana Tech, keeping getting Poll Attacked.

Fine with me.

My will is strong.

Let's do this!

AP poll: Remember last week when Nick Jezierny of The Idaho Statesmen ranked Louisiana Tech 20th and got Poll Attacked because Louisiana Tech, at the time, had a 17-2 record featuring no wins over teams good enough to earn at-large bids to the NCAA tournament and lopsided losses to New Mexico (lost by 29 points) and Arizona (lost by 16 points)? Of course, you remember. But what you might not know is that Louisiana Tech responded with an 87-76 loss to a San Jose State team that was 9-8.  After that, the Bulldogs edged Hawaii 65-60. So now Louisiana Tech is 18-3 with no wins over teams good enough to earn at-large bids to the NCAA tournament and lopsNCAA tournament teams and three embarrassing losses, and would you believe Nick ranked the Bulldogs again?

Swear to God, he ranked them again.

Nick was (and for good reason) the only AP voter ranking Louisiana Tech before the loss to San Jose State. That should've told him something, and I don't think he's stupid. So I'm chalking up Nick's continued support of f Louisiana Tech as an act of defiance, and I don't respond well to acts of defiance.

Drives me crazy.

To put how silly this is into perspective, let me tell you what Nick did with Baylor. Last week, he had Louisiana Tech and Baylor both ranked. Then Louisiana Tech lost by double-digits to San Jose State and beat Hawaii by five points while Baylor nearly upset Kansas at Kansas and smashed UMass 71-45.  So. naturally, Nick kept Louisiana Tech ranked and dropped Baylor off his ballot -- presumably because watching Baylor push Kansas and smash UMass proved the Bears were no longer worthy of being ranked on his ballot while Louisiana Tech's loss at San Jose State and win over Hawaii showed Nick ... honestly ... I have no idea.

Just so we're clear, there's nothing wrong with not ranking Baylor; I don't have the Bears ranked, either. But if I had them ranked last week, I sure as hell would have them ranked this week. And I don't care what week it is, I'd absolutely have them ranked above Louisiana Tech.

Coaches poll: Florida State is 15-4 with two wins over Georgia Tech while Georgia Tech is 14-5 with two losses to Florida State. So you'd think most would take that information and conclude that Florida State needs to be ahead of Georgia Tech, right? Well, not the coaches who vote in the Coaches poll, because they have Georgia Tech 22nd and Florida State unranked.


And Louisiana Tech got three points in the Coaches poll.

So, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go run my head into a wall.
Posted on: November 24, 2009 11:31 am
Edited on: November 24, 2009 11:31 am

Dear Gary (on the best games for this week)

Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: What game are you most looking forward to this week? I, for one, am digging my Minnesota Golden Gophers testing out a big-time program in Butler on Thursday night. Your thoughts?

-- Magee

I'll be in Anaheim for the 76 Classic, so I'll see Minnesota-Butler. It should be great, as will the entire event. Six of the eight participants made the NCAA tournament last season, four of the eight are currently ranked in the AP Top 25 (specifically No. 8 West Virginia, No. 12 Butler, No. 19 Clemson and No. 22 Minnesota). So regardless of how this unfolds, it's going to be tremendous. The championship game is slotted for Sunday night. Butler against either Clemson or West Virginia would probably be the most intriguing matchup.

Elsewhere, we could get UConn vs. Duke on Friday night in the finals of the NIT Season Tip-off.

That would be excellent.

Looking forward to Florida-Florida State tonight, too.
Posted on: June 9, 2009 10:51 am

Douglas gives FSU another nice story

One of the interesting developments from this past basketball season was the emergence of Toney Douglas -- Florida's State's high-volume scorer who I never thought would amount to much when he transferred from Auburn to FSU after his freshman season.

Douglas was a marginal national recruit coming out of high school, ranked in between Tyree Evans and Sam Perry in the Class of 2004. But when the tiny combo guard had a breakout freshman season, he (with the backing of his father) decided he was the type who could decide his role for the Tigers, thought he ought to be able to demand more minutes at point guard, or else.

Auburn coach Jeff Lebo didn't see things the same way.

Which led to Douglas transferring.

That's when I wrote this ...

Douglas' father -- Harry Douglas -- publicly criticized Jeff Lebo and reportedly demanded his son be Auburn's point guard. But Lebo decided he would rather make his own lineup decisions, him being the coach and all. So ... Toney Douglas ... transferred to Florida State, where the sophomore will surely shoot and score at an astonishing rate like any talented non-point guard would while Harry Douglas whispers that Leonard Hamilton isn't using his son correctly.

In other words, I was not a believer. But Douglas proved me wrong over the past three seasons and developed into an All-American as a senior while leading Florida State to the NCAA tournament. Now he's in New York for a workout with the Knicks, in position to possibly be selected in the first round of this month's NBA Draft.

"I can't tell you how much leadership and toughness he gave to this team this year," Florida State associate head coach Stan Jones told CBSSports.com. "And the big timely shots that he took for this team, he delivered. I can count on one hand the times he didn't deliver this year, and he's just kept it going. His confidence is going through the roof."

If Douglas goes in the first round he'll be the second Seminole to earn a guaranteed contract in the past three years despite entering FSU with little fanfare. The other was Al Thornton, an unheralded recruit turned dominant force who was the 14th player selected in the 2007 NBA Draft.

"[Toney's story] is another good story to go along with the Al Thornton story," Jones said. "Al wasn't ranked by anybody (coming out of high school), but he became a lottery pick. His mom and dad trusted us, and he worked and did the things he had to do to develop his game. He and Toney both had to grow into their games, but they worked. They're two of my favorite guys I've ever coached."
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