With the Florida State men’s basketball team’s 2020-21 season fast approaching, Warchant is sitting down with members of Leonard Hamilton’s coaching staff to discuss the program’s many accomplishments and also preview what the Seminoles will look like this season.
First up is associate head men’s basketball coach Stan Jones, who was on Hamilton’s staffs at the University of Miami and with the NBA’s Washington Wizards, and has been with the Seminoles since Hamilton was hired here in 2002.
In this conversation, Jones talks about FSU’s big night at the recent NBA Draft, new roles for returning players this season, what fans can expect from freshman Scottie Barnes and the other newcomers, how far the Seminoles have come during Hamilton’s tenure and more.
Below the video, there is an index of time stamps for various topics.
1:40 — FSU’s big night in 2020 NBA Draft, with two lottery picks in Patrick Williams and Devin Vassell, and Trent Forrest signing free agent contract.
3:40 — Why FSU’s deep rotation, which sometimes leads to lesser individual statistics, is seen as a positive to NBA teams.
6:15 — How team got over disappointment of last season being cut short by the coronavirus and why they’re excited about future.
8:50 — New roles this season for returning players and how team handled preparation with limited team activities during summer.
12:30 — Replacing the leadership void left by Trent Forrest’s graduation.
15:20 — Discussing 5-star freshman Scottie Barnes and incoming recruiting class.
20:45 — Adjusting to limited crowds and other additional social-distancing measures at games this season.
23:20 — Looking back at how far the Seminoles have come since Hamilton’s staff arrived nearly 20 years ago.
27:20 — Impact of having no exhibition games and limited non-conference schedule.
Note: This video was recorded before FSU’s season opener vs. Gardner-Webb was postponed. The Seminoles’ new season opener will be against North Florida on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Tucker Center.