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Updated By: Jason Kahn
April 2, 2014, 6pm

While the seniors on the Florida State men's basketball team played their final collegiate game at Madison Square Garden, the Seminoles return five scholarship sophomores. That includes Aaron Thomas who led the team in scoring.

As the team paraded out of the tunnel for the last time this season, many of those faces on the court at MSG will be back in garnet and gold, a total of nine underclassmen.

"I think we've set the tone for the upcoming season. We've got an outstanding recruiting class, we've got a nucleus coming back," said Leonard Hamilton, FSU Head Men's Basketball Coach.

Aaron Thomas is a big part of that nucleus.

Despite scoring only three points in the NIT loss to Minnesota, Thomas averaged 23 points in the first three games of the tournament.

"Sometimes these situations will motivate you to work even harder and help you grow as a better basketball player. Now I'm sure that's what will be the case with him," said Hamilton.

Okaro White hopes the rest of the team can learn from this experience, even if he's not there with them.

"We got a great bunch. A great group of sophomore going into next season. I think they'll be prepared and I think that they'll take the younger guys coming in to next year under their wings," said White, FSU Senior Forward.

"I think that this year will be a springboard for us to keep moving our program in the right direction," said Coach Hamilton.

White echoed Hamilton's comment, saying "I think they showed maturity and a way to fight for the seniors in these past couple of games."


Updated By: Jason Kahn
April 2, 2014, 6am

The Florida State men's basketball team is on their way back to Tallahassee today after falling short in the NIT semifinals.

Devon Bookert's final shot in regulation may have sent this game to overtime, but it was the final shot of this NIT semifinal from Ian Miller that ended his collegiate career as well as two other Seminoles in the 67-64 loss to Minnesota.

Eyewitness Sports asked: "What have these four years as a Seminole meant to you?"

"(silence)...A lot," said Ian Miller, FSU Senior Guard.

Ian Miller held back his tears... the finality of his career after the final shot immediately set in.

"We've had ups and downs, more ups than downs. But it's been fun," said Miller.

Miller and his four-year teammate Okara White both finish with 16 points; they played a combined 75 minutes in their final game.

"Tonight was very emotional for me. My last game ever in college, just the seniors, period. Ian was very emotional and Gilchrist was, too. So it was a very emotional night," said White.

"We had a couple of seniors on this team that have been around when we won the championship, the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. And I was proud of the leadership that they gave us," said Leonard Hamilton.

The Seminoles finish the season with a 22-14 record. But before they left the locker room, Miller told the underclassmen, "Let it be known that you all are winners and continue to do big things."


Updated By: Jason Kahn
April 1, 2014, 6pm

Florida State men's basketball is one win away from playing in the finals of the NIT.

Back in New York City for the second time in four months. We were last here for Jameis Winston's Heisman trophy presentation, and hopefully we'll see another trophy presentation inside Madison Square Garden.

Florida State men's basketball takes on Minnesota in the second semifinal game of the NIT tonight at 9pm. Seminole fans in NYC are proud to show their support.

WCTV talked with the President of the New York City Seminole Club, Jesse Wexler. He says they have sold more than 300 tickets to the game, and he has to send people to Stubhub because the block is completely sold out.


By Jason Kahn:
April 1, 2014, 5pm

The Florida State men's basketball team is in New York City trying to win their first ever Title in the National Invitation Tournament.

Eyewitness Sports is in the Big Apple and came across some members of Seminole Nation in front of Madison Square Garden, the home of the NIT semifinals.

Florida State tips off against Minnesota around 9pm.

Will FSU win tonight?

This is Florida State's ninth time in the NIT, but they have yet to win the championship in this tournament.


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