Leonard Hamilton enters his seventh season with the Florida State Seminoles, yet for the most part, we don't really know him all that well.
Over the next few days we'll introduce you to the man who is a food connoisseur and enjoys his Tallahassee surroundings more than you would notice. Here's the first installment of an exclusive sit-down with the Noles head basketball coach and Eyewitness Sports Anchor Rob Shaw.
Thanks for the time, what have you been up to this off-season... there isn't really an off-season is there?
"Never really an off-season, you're trying to get your program to a certain level. You're starting off at a position where sometimes when you're behind, or you have ground that you have to make up, you're in an environment where everyone is working hard and doing the very best they can each and every day, and if you only work as hard as the people working hard, you normally stay in the same position, so you almost have to work harder."
Turning to Al Thornton, how much does it help with recruiting when it becomes an annual basis that you are having some players going to the NBA?
"Well, I think that's part of the development process, there's good and bad about that scenario. We've had a couple of young stars leave early. They kind of affected the overall development process... In Al's case, he was a little more patient, and I think the dividends will be a reward for him, you have to give him a lot of credit along with his parents."
How important is it to have those types of players in your program?
"We think we have a lot of players with that type of character... under the definition of the word coach, there's a lot of meanings, your mother, your father, sister, brother, confidant... and then also their disciplinarian. You're a surrogate parent, so to speak."
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