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Magic take FSU’s Jonathan Isaac with first round pick

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The Orlando Magic have chosen Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac with their first-round pick in the NBA Draft. Some pundits thought Orlando would go with shooting guard Malik Monk  of Kentucky, but Isaac brings many attributes that can make him a star in the league. Isaac, a native of New York City, but a product of IMG Academy in Bradenton, was pleased to be selected by the Magic. “Man, it means everything,” he said about his opportunity to remain close…

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Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon leaving early for NBA draft

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Dwayne Bacon said he felt like he wasn’t ready to turn pro last year, which is why he took his name out of consideration for the NBA draft. This time the Florida State guard doesn’t have any doubts. The 6-foot-7 sophomore said Wednesday that he will declare for the draft, which will be held on June 22, and hire an agent. “I had a lot of doubt about me last year. This year I feel like I’m much more mature…

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After NCAA berth, Florida St. top scorers weigh decisions

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Florida State made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years, but whether the Seminoles (26-9) can return next season will depend on the decisions of their three leading scorers. Dwayne Bacon, Jonathan Isaac and Xavier Rathan-Mayes said after Saturday’s 91-66 loss to Xavier in the second round that they had not reached a decision and had no timetable. All three though are expected to put their names into consideration for the NBA draft. Isaac, a 6-foot-10 freshman…

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FSU no match for Xavier’s excellence

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Florida State’s outstanding season is over. It didn’t just end, it came crashing down with a thud on Saturday. The Xavier Musketeers, losers of 13 games this season, bludgeoned the Seminoles 91-66 in the NCAA Tournament second round at the Amway Center in Orlando. Those who might not have seen the game might make the assumption that Florida State did not show up to play. That would be an unfair assumption to both Florida State and Xavier. The Musketeers, who…

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Clemson’s 46-point improvement not enough to beat Florida State

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Any team would be pleased to make a 46-point improvement in the span of three weeks. On Saturday, the Clemson Tigers did just that, but still lost to the Florida State Seminoles. Saturday’s 76-74 FSU victory was a far cry from the 109-61 pasting administered on Clemson three weeks ago, on February, but the Seminoles were still able to escape with a vital road win. The victory was only the second win for the Seminoles away from home in their…

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Leonard Hamilton has some work to do to save FSU’s season

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The Florida State men’s basketball team reached new heights in January. That is why February has brought about a long fall. What happened on Saturday, an 80-66 embarrassment at Pittsburgh, demonstrates some of the reasons why a once highly promising season could continue to go further south. It involves the two most talented Seminoles, Dwayne Bacon and Jonathan Isaac. It also, of course, involves Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Bacon, a sophomore, was held scoreless for the first time in his…

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Will Saturday’s loss to Syracuse lead to jumps from FSU bandwagon?

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The Florida State bandwagon is becoming lighter today. After Saturday’s demoralizing 82-72 loss to an average Syracuse team, some within Seminole Nation will look toward Wednesday’s National Signing Day for football. It is certainly not every year that No. 6 Florida State has an 18-4 record and is a lock for the NCAA Tournament. That information stays in the background as the newest basketball supporters are certain to become the first to jump ship. Good teams lose two games in…

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