(Originally posted on ScalpEm.com.)
If you haven’t heard the news yet, former Florida State guard Toney Douglas was recently selected in the NBA Draft by the New York Knicks*.
(* Technically he was drafted by the LA Lakers, but the Knicks immediately bought the rights to the pick.)
I am admittedly biased, as I have been a Knicks fan since the early days of Patrick Ewing. And of course there is my undying admiration for Charlie Ward. Anyway, here is a pic of Douglas and fellow draft pick Jordan Hill with their new jerseys.
Normally, I’m hesitant to see basketball players wear 23, as comparisons to the game’s greats (Michael Jordan and LeBron James) are inevitable, but Douglas’s case it looks good.
As the newest athletes in New York, Douglas and Hill were invited to Citi Field to a New York Mets game.
In case you missed it, I wrote a post a few months ago on why Toney “Ghostface” Douglas should do well on the Knicks.
Best of luck to Toney Douglas.
P.S. For those who keep track of such things, a bit of FSU-related NBA draft trivia from Seminoles.com:
“Douglas’s selection gives Florida State its fifth NBA Draft pick in the last six years. All-ACC guard Tim Pickett was a second round selection of the New Orleans Hornets in 2004, guard Von Wafer was a second round selection of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005, forward Alexander Johnson was the second round selection of the Indianapolis Pacers in 2006 and All-American forward Al Thornton was the first round pick of the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007.
Florida State is one of only three teams in the ACC with at least five players selected in the last six NBA Drafts. Only North Carolina (with nine selections) and Duke (with seven selections) have more NBA Draft choices since 2004 than Florida State.”
If developing professionals is the goal of a college program, I’d say Leonard Hamilton and his staff are doing a pretty good job.