ACC Tournament preview: Going 1-on-1 with Hamilton, Williams

Leonard Hamilton sat down with theOsceola.com for a 1-on-1 interview on Tuesday ahead of Florida State’s trip to the ACC Tournament.

Hamilton begins by discussing how the Florida State staff will divide scouting assignments for the ACC Tournament on Thursday – the Seminoles will play the Miami-Clemson winner (those teams play on Wednesday).

“We take into consideration the quality of our depth, keeps us fresher,” Hamilton said. “Once you get into the postseason tournament, it’s anybody’s game. A team who is not playing well could get on a hot streak. A team who is excellent could find itself challenged.”

Hamilton also talks about freshman forward Patrick Williams, who earned the ACC’s Sixth Man Award on Monday. FSU has long used potential starters in a first-man-off-the-bench role.

“Starting lineups are not nearly as important to us during this era as maybe it has been in the past with different teams and different systems,” Hamilton said.

Williams also sat down with theOsceola.com to discuss the bigger picture that Florida State has and the concept of “new bloods” in college basketball.

“We’ve been having that mindset the whole season, really,” Williams said. “We came up with the term, Our Turn, basically it’s our turn to get the credit that we deserve. And also go out there and show the world what Florida State has to offer.”

“We have a lot more goals than just ACC regular season championship,” Williams said. “Of course, it was nice to make history, to see our banner dropped, it’s going to be up there forever. But we have a lot more to accomplish.”

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