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Florida State Seminoles men's basketball preview 2010-11

The Seminoles hope Chris Singleton, a defensive standout, can improve his offensive game.

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The Seminoles hope Chris Singleton, a defensive standout, can improve his offensive game.

Roster

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

0 Pierre Jordan 6-0 PG R-So.

1 Xavier Gibson 6-11 F/C Jr.

2 A.J. Yawn 6-0 G Sr.

3 Luke Loucks 6-5 G/PG Jr.

4 Deividas Dulkys 6-5 G Jr.

5 Bernard James 6-10 F Jr.

10 Okaro White 6-7 F Fr.

15 Terrance Shannon 6-8 F So.

21 Michael Snaer 6-5 G So.

22 Derwin Kitchen 6-4 PG Sr.

24 Andrew Rutledge 6-6 F Sr.

30 Ian Miller 6-3 G/PG Fr.

31 Chris Singleton 6-9 F Jr.

33 Joey Moreau 6-2 G So.

50 Jon Kreft 7-0 C Jr.

Schedule

Nov. 12 North Florida, 7

Nov. 14 at UNC-Greensboro, 3:30

Nov. 16 Gardner-Webb, 7

Nov. 18 at FIU, TBA

Nov. 23 Mercer, 7

Nov. 28 Florida, 7:45

Nov. 30 Ohio State+, 7:30

Dec. 5 Hartford, 7

Dec. 12 Clemson, 6:15

Dec. 15 Stetson, 7

Dec. 18 at Loyola Marymount, 11

Dec. 23 vs. Hawaii*, 1 a.m.

Dec. 23/24 vs. Butler/Utah*, 10 p.m./12:30 a.m.

Dec. 25 TBD*, TBD

Jan. 3 at Auburn, 8

Jan. 8 at Virginia Tech, 3

Jan. 12 Duke, 9

Jan. 15 North Carolina State, 4

Jan. 19 at Miami, 9

Jan. 22 Boston College, 7

Jan. 29 at Clemson, noon

Feb. 1 Wake Forest, 7

Feb. 6 at North Carolina, 2

Feb. 10 at Georgia Tech, 7

Feb. 12 Virginia, 3

Feb. 19 at Wake Forest, 1

Feb. 23 at Maryland, 9

Feb. 26 Miami, 2

March 2 North Carolina, 7

March 6 at North Carolina State, 7

March 10-13 ACC Tournament#

+ ACC-Big Ten Challenge; * Diamond Head Classic, Honolulu; # Greensboro, N.C.

The Seminoles reached the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, something they hadn't done since they earned three consecutive trips (1991-93). But for the second straight year, they lost in the opening round. Time to take the next step. Coach Leonard Hamilton said this season's team is very much a "work in progress" with two key starters gone, and he's looking no further down the road than the opener against North Florida, and certainly not to mid March, but he added that FSU "has the talent to have an outstanding year."

Notable

Junior F Chris Singleton, the ACC defensive player of the year, eschewed the NBA draft, so he could round out his game. Everyone knows he's quick, can create havoc with his long arms (71 steals, 48 blocks) and at 6-9 can rebound (a team-high 7.0), but Hamilton said he's "shooting the ball better and has worked very hard on his ballhandling and passing." Singleton hit just 35 of 118 3-pointers (29.7 percent), 57 of 115 free throws (49.6 percent) and had a team-high 96 turnovers last season. As a member of the USA Select Team over the summer, he trained against the USA national team and also worked as a counselor at camps run by LeBron James and Kevin Durant. In FSU's exhibition against Division II Rollins on Wednesday, Singleton hit of 7 of 12 shots, 4-of-6 from 3-point range, for 22 points to go with five steals.

Picking up where he left off

Sophomore G Michael Snaer, a McDonald's All-American coming out of high school in California, started the final 10 games of last season and averaged 9.4 points, including a career-high 18 in a win against Boston College. He became just the fifth Seminole to earn a spot on the ACC all-freshman team.

Newcomer punch

Hamilton's recruiting class also included combo G Ian Miller and former Clearwater High star F Okaro White. Miller hit 5 of 9 shots (2-of-3 from 3-point range) to go with seven assists in the exhibition against Rollins. White, who has added about 20 pounds since high school and impressed Hamilton as a "quick learner," hit 7 of 10 shots and 3 of 4 3s for 17 points in the tuneup.

Staying large

Yes, the Seminoles lost 7-1 C Solomon Alabi and 6-8 PF Ryan Reid to the NBA draft, but 6-11 junior Xavier Gibson showed flashes that he might have been the most offensively skillful big man they had. F Bernard James is a physical post player at 6-10 and 240. He was a junior college All-American last season and is 25 years old; he did spend six years in the Air Force during which time he was stationed in Iraq and Qatar. He hit 7 of 8 shots for 14 points and added nine rebounds in the exhibition game. And then there's an X-factor, a big one, in Jon Kreft, a 7-foot, 260-pound junior college transfer who enrolled after the fall semester last year. He was a ballyhooed signee in 2006 but had his scholarship rescinded after a drug arrest. He has worked to turn his life around and brings a powerful low-post presence. "From a talent standpoint," Hamilton said of his inexperienced frontcourt, "we should be equal to if not better than we were last year."

At a glance

Coach: Leonard Hamilton (153-105, ninth year; 353-315 overall (excludes 22 wins vacated per NCAA sanctions))

Last season: 22-10, 10-6 (third in ACC)

Florida State Seminoles men's basketball preview 2010-11 11/05/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 6, 2010 10:43pm]

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