Seminole Sightings - May 2010
Florida State men's basketball monthly newsletter.
V O L U ME 1, I S S UE 1 MA Y 11, 2 010 The 2009-2010 season saw our program return to the NCAA tournament where we lost a tough first round game to the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Seminole Quick Facts Think on These Things Leadership Lessons 2 Recommended Reading Seminoles in the Pros Seminoles in the Community Play of the Month 2 2 2 3 3 4 Obviously, we are always disappointed with a loss, but the Seminoles found a lot to be proud of as a group. With a final record of 22-10, the ,,Noles went 10-6 in ACC play for the 2nd straight year. We finished #1 in the country in field goal percentage defense, 10th in blocked shots, 19th in scoring defense, and 25th in rebounding margin. This is the second time a Leonard Hamilton coached team has finished 1st in field goal percentage defense (199798 Miami Hurricanes). In addition, the Seminoles had the ACC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year as sophomore Chris Singleton was tabbed with this honor a year after Toney Douglas won the award in 2009. So many big things are building within our program. As you move forward with your summer, expect the best and, Don't Stop Believing! Stan Jones Associate Head Basketball Coach May 19: Basketball NLI signing period ends June 11-13 FSU Team Camp! Get signed up for the best team camp in the Southeast. For information please contact Kyle Cregan at: 727.364.4024 or firstname.lastname@example.org June 21-24 and July 12-15 FSU Individual Camp - visit www.nolesbasketballcamp.com for more information VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 PAGE 2 Seminole Quick Facts Sophomores Chris Singleton and Solomon Alabi were named to the ACC All Conference 3rd Team Chris Singleton was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and led the league in steals Solomon Alabi was named to the ACCs All Defensive Team for the 2nd year in a row and led the league in blocked shots in back to back seasons as well Freshman Michael Snaer was named to the ACC All-Rookie Team Sophomore Luke Loucks was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll as a reward for his hard work in the classroom (above) Michael Snaer (left) Luke Loucks Recommended Reading Think on These Things "While you are dreaming of the future or regretting the past, the present which is all you have, slips from you and is gone." - Hilaire Beloc "Life is a one-way street. No matter how many detours you take, none of them leads back, and once you know and accept that, life becomes much simpler." - Isabel Moore "It is defeat that turns bone to flint, and gristle to muscle, and makes people invicible and formed those heroic natures that are now ascendancy in the world. Do not, then, be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in good cause." - Henry Ward Beecher "Many people fail in life because they believe in the old adage: If you dont succeed, try something else. But success eludes those who follow such advice. The dreams that have come true did so because people stuck to their ambitions. They refused to be discouraged. They never let disappointment get the upper hand. Challenges only spurred them on to greater effort." - Don B. Ownes, Jr "Have a Little Faith: A True Story" by Mitch Albom Leadership Lessons 5 "Do Nots" for developing yourself as a leader 1. Do not set goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you. Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them life is meaningless. 4. 3. Do not let life slip through your fingers by living in the past, not in the future. By living one day at a time, you live all the days of your life. Do not be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be fearless. 5. Do not dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams it to be without hope; to be without hope is to be without purpose. - Author Unknown 2. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 PAGE 3 Seminoles in the Pros Toney Douglas finished his rookie season with the New York Knicks and averaged 12.4 pts and 3.6 assists per game in April After a mid - season trade from the LA Clippers to the Washington Wizards, Al Thornton finished the season strong averaging 10.7 pts and 4.7 rebs in 24 games with the Wizards. Alexander Johnson was named the D-League player of the month for March and was in turn called up to the Houston Rockets to finish the season. FSU Hall of Famer Sam Cassell finished his 1st year of coaching in the NBA as an assistant with the Washington Wizards. Seminoles in the Community The Big Event Freshman Michael Snaer and sophomore Deividas Dulkys participated in "The Big Event" at Langford Green in a different kind of March Madness. They spent the morning and early afternoon playing "field day" games with underprivileged children from the Tallahassee Community. National Student Athlete Day Freshman Joey Moreau and sophomores Chris Singleton, Luke Loucks and Deividas Dulkys spent the afternoon at a local Boys and Girls club. The ,,Noles took the kids through a series of stations to help improve their basketball skills and abilities. Fight for Air Lung Walk Every member of the Seminole mens basketball team spent the morning of Saturday April 10th participating in this event where families, friends, businesses, schools and individuals walked to help make a difference in the millions of lives affected by lung disease. (above) Freshman Michael Snaer at the Big Event (above) Sophomore Luke Loucks at National Student Athlete Day (above) Sophomore Chris Singleton at National Student Athlete Day VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 PAGE 4 Play of the Month From 2010 NBA Playoffs Drill of the Month Rebounder coach Start End The current FSU record for the Celtic Drill is held by Toney Douglas who completed the drill with :17 seconds left on the clock. 1. The goal of the drill is to make it around the arc and back in under 2 minutes. 2. Player starts in the corner and 2:00 begins to count down as the first shot is taken. 3. 2 shots must be made IN A ROW before you can advance to the next spot. 4. When you make it to the opposite corner, a player must make 2 sets of shots in a row - it is not necessary to make 4 shots in a row. 5. Player then works his way back around to the starting point. 6. The drill is successfully completed when 2 shots are made in a row at all 10 spots under 2 minutes.