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February 15, 2013

Hoops: Another lineup shakeup vs. BC?

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton got some bounce out of a new lineup against Miami on Wednesday, putting in three new freshman starters on the way to a quick 13-2 lead.

Hamilton started Devon Bookert at point guard in his first career start on Wednesday along with Michael Ojo in his first career start and Aaron Thomas in his second start.

As FSU preps for Boston College on Saturday, Hamilton said he's unsure which way he'll turn for his starting five.

I'm not real sure I'm really married to anything right now," Hamilton said. "Because there are some situations that youngsters respond to better than others. But I will say (the young players) are all making progress. Sometimes it doesn't transfer to the games as much as I would like it too.

"We haven't really decided what lineup we're going with this time. It could be the same, it could be some combination."

Hamilton said that part of the idea behind starting Bookert was it allowed the freshman to warm up his knee and go right into the game. Bookert played 28 minutes and scored 12 points. Ojo scored three points in 17 minutes while Thomas scored two points on 1-of-5 shooting in 25 minutes.

An influx of minutes for FSU's group of young players could prove beneficial for a team that's likely out of the running for the NCAA Tournament barring a magical run in next month's ACC Tournament. Currently, four Seminole freshman and first-year center Kiel Turpin are averaging at least 17 minutes per game.

"I think that we're still growing in so many areas, but we're not quite there yet."

One freshman could be sidelined for Saturday, however. Boris Bojanovsky was injured in the first half of Wednesday's game with a laceration and an apparent head injury and Hamilton was unsure whether he would be ready to play."

"He didn't show very many effects of the injury (Friday)," Hamilton said. "The swelling had gone down significantly from the morning to the afternoon and he extremely alert. I'm sure they'll give him that battery of tests that they normally give guys just to rule out certain things. I'll wait until practice (on Friday) and see where he is."

Boston College is 3-8 in league play this season, but five of those losses have come by five points or less. The Eagles are paced by 6-foot-8 sophomore Ryan Anderson, who is averaging 15.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this season.

The Eagles won their last time out, beating Wake Forest 66-63 on Wednesday at home.

Notables: Forward Terrance Shannon (neck) will fly to Los Angeles to see a spine specialist for a second opinion at the recommendation of the FSU medical staff. Hamilton said there is still no timetable for his return.



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