FSU picked to finish fifth in ACC

Florida State’s Trent Forrest is a preseason All-ACC Second Team selection, and the Seminole men’s basketball team is picked to finish in fifth place in the 2019-20 ACC standings in a vote by the attending members of the media at ACC Operation Basketball, which was held Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C.

Florida State begins its season on Nov. 6 at Pittsburgh – the first time in school history it will play a conference game to open a season. The Seminoles are 16-1 in season openers under 18th-year coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles are one of six teams in the nation (Florida State, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan, Purdue and Texas Tech) who have advanced at least as far as the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in both of the last two seasons. The Seminoles advanced to the Elite Eight in 2018 and to the Sweet 16 in 2019.

Florida State enters the 2019-20 season looking to play in its school-record tying fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament.

The Seminoles, who finished in fourth place in the ACC standings in the 2018-19 season, had a 29-8 record and a 13-5 record in ACC play. The 29 wins and 13 ACC victories established school records for overall and conference wins in a single season. Florida State played in the ACC Championship Game and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season in 2019. The Seminoles advanced to the Elite Eight in 2018.

Florida State has finished in the top of the ACC standings in two of the last three seasons with a second-place finish in 2017 and a fourth-place finish in 2019.

Forrest enters the upcoming season tied for ninth in school history with 165 career steals and 14th in school history with 331 career assists. He is one of only six players in school history (Charlie Ward, Delvon Arrington, Bob Sura, Tony Jackson and Devon Bookert) who is ranked in the top-15 in Florida State’s history in both statistical categories. Forrest begins the 2019-20 season needing only 31 assists to move into the top-10 for both steals and assists in Florida State history – making him one of four players in school history (Arrington, Sura and Ward) to rank among the Seminoles’ top 10 in both career assists and career steals.

Season tickets for the 2019-20 season, which includes six non-conference games and a 10-game home ACC schedule, are on sale at seminoles.com or by calling the Florida State Ticket office at 1-888-378-6653.

ACC Preseason Order of Finish (first-place votes in parentheses)

  • Duke (51), 1564
  • North Carolina (19), 1493
  • Louisville (29), 1448
  • Virginia (12), 1405
  • Florida State, 1157
  • NC State, 1038
  • Notre Dame, 915
  • Syracuse, 910
  • Miami, 768
  • Pitt, 577
  • Clemson, 564
  • Georgia Tech, 437
  • Boston College, 382
  • Virginia Tech, 334
  • Wake Forest, 328

Preseason All-ACC Team
First Team
Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 95
Tre Jones, Duke, 89
Cole Anthony, North Carolina, 81
John Mooney, Notre Dame, 51
Mamadi Diakite, Virginia, 49

Second Team
Markell Johnson, NC State, 39
Vernon Carey Jr., Duke, 19
Chris Lykes, Miami, 18
Garrison Brooks, North Carolina, 11
Trent Forrest, Florida State, 11

Preseason ACC Freshman of the Year
Cole Anthony, North Carolina, 89

Preseason ACC Player of the Year
Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 55

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