The 2009-2010 basketball season is slowly drawing closer. Every Tuesday and Thursday this fall, Crazie Talk will preview each of the twelve ACC teams in order of conference standings – from the bottom up.
Today, we’ll take a look at the Florida State Seminoles.
2008-2009 Record: 25-10 (10-6 in ACC)
Postseason Record: 2–1 in ACC tournament, 0-1 in NCAA tournament (lost to Wisconsin in First Round)
Projected Starting Lineup: Derwin Kitchen (Jr.), Michael Snaer (Fr.), Chris Singleton (So.), Ryan Reid (Sr.), Solomon Alabi (So.)
The Good: The size that made Florida State arguably the biggest team in all of the NCAA last season returns. Led by long-armed, athletic sophomores Solomon Alabi (7’1″) and Chris Singleton (6’9″), a former McDonalds All-American, the frontcourt remains a force to be reckoned with. Led by reigning ACC Coach of the Year Leonard Hamilton, the Seminoles’ big men will present plenty of matchup problems for opposing teams.
The Bad: Like Miami and Boston College, Florida State has lost a senior guard that accounted for a large majority of its offense. Reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year Toney Douglas, who also averaged 21.5 points to lead the ACC, did everything for the Seminoles. Amazing that he didn’t win ACC player of the year. He provided steady leadership, clutch shooting and impeccable defense for a team that exceeded everyone’s expectations. Douglas will be extremely tough to replace, as no double-digit scorer returns for FSU.
The Crazie: The first opportunity to replace Douglas goes to freshman guard Michael Snaer, the No. 13 recruit on Scout and one of the most heralded recruits in Seminole history. How much he lives up to expectations will determine a lot about the team’s season. Similarly, for the first time in a long time, there are expectations for the basketball team at a football school. After finishing with their best ACC record (10-6) this decade, Seminole fans will be expecting a lot from Coach Hamilton and the team, even with the loss of Douglas.
We Love to Hate… Ryan Reid. Seriously, what has this guy done in his three years at FSU, besides this? And this? I’m sorry, Seminole fans, because I love what Leonard Hamilton does, but this guy has got to go. I don’t care what people think about Greg Paulus. The rest of the ACC should be happy there will only be one more year of Reid’s nonsense.
Bottom Line: The leadership and skills of Toney Douglas are losses I do not think the Seminoles can overcome, even with the arrival of Michael Snaer. There are plenty of teams in the ACC that can matchup with FSU’s size (Georgia Tech, UNC, Wake Forest, Clemson and Duke come to mind). Now that there are expectations in Tallahassee for basketball, it will be interesting to see how the team responds. I expect Singleton and Alabi to become legitimate All-ACC contenders, but Florida State will fall back to the middle of the ACC and perhaps even finish in the bottom half. But in the tough ACC, that will probably still be good enough for a return to the NCAA tournament.
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