Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State University men’s basketball team will participate in a Garnet and Gold scrimmage on Oct. 14 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at 4 p.m.
The Seminoles will look to carry over their success from last season, which saw them going 23-12 with an Elite 8 appearance, losing to Michigan.
FSU will have 13 players from last season returning to the team, with seven of these players with 20 or more game appearances.
A reason for their success last year was redshirt junior forward Phil Cofer, who will be one of the five seniors on this year’s team. He would lead the Seminoles last season in points per game (12.8), minutes played per game (29.3) and total points (449). He would also rank second in total rebounds (178) and total field goals made (168).
Terance Mann, a 6’7″ senior guard, looks to be another contributing factor, as another returning as a starter. He would lead last year’s squad in total field goals made (171) and in total rebounds (185), while also coming behind Cofer in points per game (12.6) and place third on the team in field goal percentage.
University of Albany transfer David Nichols will look to play a role in this year’s team. During his three-year career at Albany, he would average 13.8 points per game, 2.8 assists and a field goal percentage of 42.5 percent.
After the Garnet and Gold scrimmage, FSU will partake in two exhibition games, with the first being against the University of West Florida on Oct. 26 and the other being against Valdosta State University on Nov. 1. Their first regular season game will be against the University of Florida on Nov. 6 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.