Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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August 27, 2011

Hurricanes to play Seminoles in exhibition

AMERICUS — Georgia Southwestern played with the big boys at Auburn last year, and the Hurricanes will play some of the big boys of the ACC this fall.

GSW will travel to Florida State on Nov. 7 to play the Seminoles in an exhibition.

“Anytime you can play against one of those SEC/ACC type schools, it can only make you better,” said reigning Peach Belt coach of the year Mike Leeder. “I think having the experience of playing Auburn last year was a lot of fun for our campus and basketball program. Playing a program as good as Florida State will be a different kind of challenge. There’s nothing but positives for this game.”

The Hurricanes won the Western Division last year and were knocked out in the PBC semifinals and first round of the NCAA Tournament. They return four starters, including player of the year Phillip Brown and freshman of the year Colin Slotter.

GSW added two Division I transfers in the offseason and will have Ian Andre and Will Kenimer coming in off redshirt seasons.

Florida State was 23-11 last season and 11-5 in ACC play. The Seminoles were 12-3 at home and had their season end by Virginia Commonwealth, 72-71, in the NCAA Second Round.

FSU graduated one senior starter, and junior Chris Singleton was selected 18th overall by the Washington Wizards in June’s NBA Draft.

“I think this will get their attention,” said Leeder. “It will be something to help push us through practice and make practice competitive knowing we’re playing a team that’s picked in the top two or three to win the ACC. It will certainly require us playing our best to compete with a school that size.”

Leeder said the game, which tips at 7 p.m., will also be a night when FSU raises proceeds the Aubrey Boyd Foundation. Boyd, a Macon native, played from 1988-91 and was paralyzed during a pick-up football game in 1995 when he broke the fourth vertebrae in his neck.

Conditioning and skill workouts begin Monday for GSW, and the first day of practice is Oct. 15.

GSW will hold its first-ever home exhibition Oct. 31 against a team to be announced. It will start the season Nov. 15 in Jacksonville, Fla. against Trinity Baptist.


In other news, Leeder said former forward Trayce Macon, a Second Team All-Conference performer last season, is playing five games in Iceland with several teams looking to gain his services.

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 13.7 points and 6.4 rebounds while making nearly 41 percent of his 3-pointers.

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