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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

September 26th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball

 

Florida State Seminoles

 

Overall Rank: #45

Conference Rank: #6 ACC

 

2005-06: 20-10, 9-7, 5th

2005-06 postseason: NIT

 

The story always seems to be the same for Florida State.  The Seminoles will beat some great teams and consequently lose to teams they have no business losing to.  It happened last year when FSU played themselves onto the bubble with victories over Duke and Miami to close out the regular season.  Somehow not surprisingly, Coach Leonard Hamilton’s squad lost in the first round of the conference to a bad Wake Forest team and slipped down to the NIT.  A little more consistency this year, and Florida State will get back to the NCAAs.

 

Who’s Out: The loss of Alexander Johnson after his junior season to the professional ranks will leave Florida State’s frontcourt as the team’s obvious weakness.  The Seminoles have few options to replace the 6-9 forwards 13.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.  As if that wasn’t enough of a hit to the frontcourt, Diego Romero has run out of eligibility.  Romero, the main frontcourt option off the bench, averaged 3.9 points and 2.6 boards during his senior campaign.  Guard Todd Galloway started all 30 contests and averaged 7.5 points and a team high 3.1 assists.  Andrew Wilson was the first guy off the bench in the backcourt and the senior averaged 6.3 points per game.

 

Who’s In: Toney Douglas, a transfer from Auburn, can play either guard spots.  Douglas averaged 16.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals as a freshman for the Tigers.  The 6-1 guard is expected to step in and start right away.  Incoming freshman Josue Soto will battle for some minutes at the point.  Named the 2006 Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Florida, Soto is a good scorer and a solid distributor and should contribute off the bench this year.  The backcourt doesn’t need much more help during the 2006-2007 campaign, but Aaron Holmes will provide even more depth.  Holmes, a 6-5 wing, is a great athlete and has nice range on his outside shot.  The frontcourt is where the help is needed and Ryan Reid is the only big man heading into Tallahassee.  Reid is a versatile power forward who can handle his duties inside and outside.  With a little more strength, Reid could at least help out the depth issues.

 

Who to Watch: Jason Rich and Isaiah Swann return to form an experienced backcourt.  Rich averaged 10.0 points per game and Swann added on 8.4 points and 2.9 assists.  Now as upperclassmen, the duo is expected to step up their game and become leaders on the floor.  Ralph Mims and Jerel Allen both saw action in all 30 games last year and will once again be valuable options off the bench.

 

Final Projection: Al Thornton averaged 16.1 points and 6.9 rebounds last year and will have to anchor the frontcourt this year.  Besides Reid, the only options to join Thornton up front are sophomores Casaan Breeden and Uche Echefu, neither who averaged over eight minutes per game as freshmen.  Breeden is more of a perimeter player, but Coach Hamilton may opt to run four perimeter players, which isn’t too bad of an idea since Breeden is 6-8 and can handle defending the four spot.  The frontcourt concerns are a major problem, but as long as FSU can do a decent job on the defensive end, using a four guard offense will keep the Seminoles in the middle of the ACC and on the bubble.

 

Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA

 

Projected Starting Five:

Toney Douglas, Sophomore, Guard, DNP last season

Isaiah Swann, Junior, Guard, 8.4 points per game

Jason Rich, Junior, Guard, 10.0 points per game

Al Thornton, Senior, Forward, 16.1 points per game

Uche Echefu, Sophomore, Forward, 2.3 points per game

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