ACC Countdown to Tipoff: Florida State

Defending tournament champion Seminoles picked 4th, 5th in preseason polls

Clemson freshman guard Rod Hall shoots near Florida State guard Michael Snaer in the first half, Saturday, January 7, 2012, at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.

Clemson freshman guard Rod Hall shoots near Florida State guard Michael Snaer in the first half, Saturday, January 7, 2012, at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.

ACC Countdown to Tipoff: Florida State

Last Year: 25-10 overall, 12-4 ACC, 3rd regular season, ACC tournament champion

Preseasons Picks: 5th coaches, 4th media

Coach Leonard Hamilton

Entering his 11th season at the helm of the Florida State program, Leonard Hamilton has 39 seasons of coaching experience, including 24 seasons as a college head coach ... Hamilton comes off a 2011-12 season that saw FSU capture the first Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in school history ... The Seminoles, who finished 25-10 overall, placed third in the ACC with a 12-4 record, then swept three ACC Tournament games in Atlanta to claim the title and clinch FSU's fourth straight NCAA berth ... Hamilton was named the ACC Coach of the Year for the second time, three years after first claiming the honor in 2008-09 ... he was named the seventh head coach in FSU history on March 18, 2002 ... Hamilton was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2008-09 after guiding the Seminoles to a 25-10 overall record -- their best mark in 16 seasons - and the school's first NCAA Tournament berth since 1998 ... picked in the preseason to finish 10th in the conference, Florida State finished fourth with a 10-6 league record, its third-best mark in school history ... in addition in 2008-09, Hamilton became the first ACC coach since Duke's Mike Krzyzewski in 1997 -- and the fifth overall -- to be named the Basketball Times National Coach of the Year ... Hamilton is the first coach to have earned coach of the year honors in both the Big East (1995 and 1997) and ACC (2009 and 2012) ... he is 201-127 in his first 10 seasons in Tallahassee, including a 156-79 (.664) mark the past six seasons ... Hamilton earlier earned national recognition at Miami after guiding the Hurricanes to three straight NCAA Tournaments over his final three seasons and earning UPI National Coach of the Year honors in the process.

Returning players

Michael Snaer, Sr., Guard

A two-year starter who earned second-team All-ACC honors a year ago after leading the team and finishing 10th in the ACC in scoring (14.0) ... also led the team in minutes played (30.4) and free throw percentage (.846) ... averaged 14.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in ACC regular season play ... made 67-of-166 (.404) from behind the arc ... one of four returning ACC players with 1,000-ormore career points (1,071) ... had 27 double-figure scoring games a year ago, including seven outings with 20 or more points ... has a team-high 77 career starts.

Ian Miller, Jr., Guard

Florida State's second-leading returning scorer entering the 2012-13 season after averaging a career-high 10.3 points per game a year ago as a sophomore to rank third on the team ... scored in double figures in 14 of his 24 games in 2011-12 and has scored in double figures in 18 of 47 games in his career ... came off the bench in all 24 games a year ago ... averaged 10.4 points per game in 16 ACC regular season games.

Okaro White, Jr., Forward

Played in all 35 games as a sophomore with 12 starts ... averaged 7.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game ... shot .476 from the floor and .752 from the free throw line ... fourth on the team with 14 blocked shots ... has 25 career starts and has scored in double figures 19 times in his first two seasons ... had a career-high 20 points and seven rebounds in FSU's 76-51 win over Charleston Southern (D5) ... had two double-doubles in 2011-12, including a 12-point, 10-rebound performance against third-ranked North Carolina (J14).

Terrance Shannon, Jr., Forward

Was averaging 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds through the first seven games of the 2011-12 season when he suffered a dislocated left shoulder and was forced to miss the remainder of the season ... scored in double figures in three of the first four games including a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double against Jacksonville in the season opener.

Terry Whisnant, So., Guard

Saw action in 25 games as a freshman, averaging 2.1 points and 1.0 rebounds ... had two games with 10-or-more points, including an 11-point, 3-rebound effort against 11th-ranked Florida (D22).

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