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Preview Links: 2004-05 Preview Top 144 Reviews Writer Picks Team/Conf Previews


Beginning Monday, June 21st, 2004 CHN began unveiling 144 Team previews in 144 Days. CHN ranked the nations top 144 teams, and is unveiling one per day leading up until the opening day of the 2004-05 Season.


Bookmark the 144 Teams in 144 Days home page, and check back each day to see which team is previewed next.


#34 Florida State Seminoles


2003-04: 19-14, 6-10, 8th

2003-04 postseason: NIT


By Joel Welser


This should be the deepest Seminoles team we’ve seen in a long time.  The problem is not many on the roster are proven players.  But with so many options at all positions, somebody should step up at every spot on the floor.  When that happens, Florida State will be dangerous. 


Who’s Out: Tim Pickett and Nate Johnson’s absence leaves a gap in the backcourt.  Shooting guard Pickett led the team with 16.5 points and also added 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per outing.  Johnson ran the point and dished out 3.8 assists per contest.  Johnson’s floor leadership will be missed just as much as Pickett’s scoring abilities.  Johnson had a great assist to turnover ratio of 3.2/1 during his senior campaign.  The frontcourt takes a hit as well losing Michael Joiner and Mike Mathews.  The two only combined for 8.2 points and 5.5 rebounds, but each started over half of the teams 33 games. 


Who’s In: Incoming freshmen Jason Rich, Isaiah Swann and Ralph Mims will join probable starters Todd Galloway and Von Wafer in the backcourt.  Rich is a slasher, scorer and a tremendous dunker.  Swann has made the transition to a point guard, but has never lost his great scoring ability.  He’s an exciting player to watch and, along with Rich, will be the future of the FSU backcourt.  Mims, a combo guard, has a solid long range shot and is a great rebounder for a 6-2 guard.  The newcomers in the frontcourt are both junior college transfers, who will use their experience to make an immediate impact.  Diego Romero and Antonio Griffin will have to compete for minutes with returnees Alexander Johnson, Anthony Richardson, Al Thornton, Adam Waleskowski and Andrew Wilson.  That is a talented group but Romero and Griffin shouldn’t have any problems finding some minutes.


Who to Watch: Alexander Johnson made his way to the ACC All-Freshman team last year after starting the last 16 games of the season.  The 6-10, 225 pound power forward is the teams leading returning scorer with 9.5 points per game.  Johnson is ready to explode into national prominence and this could be the year.  He does a good job of staying out of foul trouble and should be on the floor for plenty of minutes and see a big increase in his numbers.  He averaged 4.2 rebounds per outing and should see an increase in that stat as well if he starts all season long. 


Projected Conference Rank: This is the ACC, so a lot of relatively unproven talent won’t be able to compete with the likes of Duke, UNC and Wake Forest from day one.  The Noles will make some noise though and by March they’ll be ready to make a run.  A 7th place finish in the conference should be enough for FSU to take the next step to the big dance.


Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA


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