TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida State men's basketball team was special this year and it's a shame they couldn't finish the season. This team was hot, they were healthy and they were a favorite for many to finally bring a National title back to Tallahassee.
If you ask head coach Leonard Hamilton this season's success was a culmination of the past few years. He said they've been knocking on the door, and now, that's not satisfying enough.
This is a group that wants to win. It's expected at Florida State now.
Hamilton said that's the attitude the players have. That's the attitude the coaching staff has, and with the way this season was taken away from them.
There's a definite chip on their shoulder they're ready to address.
"We have a lot of built up emotion," said Hamilton. "We have a lot to think about to fuel our work ethic and our focus, not in a negative way but in a positive way. We're anxious, no doubt about that. We're confident. We're not cocky. We feel like the way to get there is hard work and togetherness and unity and allowing ourselves to being coached so our guys are in a great frame of mind right now."
Hamilton added they need to work hard physically, mentally and emotionally to compete at the highest level.
They're hungry and motivated, especially after falling short the past few years.
Florida State is working to get football and men's and women's basketball players back on campus sometime in June.