Terrance Shannon was poised for a big year as part of FSU's rotation last season. In seven games he looked ready to break out for Florida State until a shoulder injury sidelined him for the rest of the season.
Shannon was forced to sit and watch as big men like Jon Kreft and Xavier Gibson took his minutes and helped lead the Seminoles to their first ACC Tournament title.
“It was frustrating, it was real frustrating," said the 6-8 240-pound redshirt junior forward, who was averaging 8 points and 4.4 rebounds when he was injured. "I was just coming around, man. I was starting to get the hang of everything, got the system down, started to learn how to play out of it. Everything was falling into place. It was a setback but it kind of helped me seeing everything from a coach’s pespective.”
With a medical redshirt and an extra season to sit and learn, Terrance Shannon is poised for a big year in 2012-13.
"I got cleared the week before finals," said Shannon. "The whole summer I stayed here, I didn’t even go home, went two-a-day, sometimes three-a-day the whole summer to get back.”
The whole Florida State team practically lived in the gym over the summer, but nobody was as focused or motivated as Terrance Shannon.
“Terrance is very excited to get back on the court," said Okaro White. "I kind of feel sad for him that he took that medical redshirt when he got hurt. But he’s been working on that shoulder, doesn’t let that shoulder bother him, he doesn’t really talk about it, he doesn’t want to talk about it. So he’s pretty good, he’s ready to go. Just excited about the season.”
Shannon is on a mission to come back stronger than ever, and armed with knowledge he's going to have a bigger roll in the Seminole rotation, he's as motivated as ever.
“Yeah, that kind of helps, it’s motivation," said Shannon. "Just been spending all off-season working on getting my strength back, working on skill development and now that I have a bigger role, that’s motivation as well.”
So what has Shannon been working on? Aside from the obligatory defensive study, Shannon has been working on being a more well-rounded player, starting at the free throw stripe.
“Most importantly free throws, I spent numerous amounts of time on free throws because I get fouled a lot and I just want to be able to knock down the free throws once I get fouled.”
He's also stepped up his game as a leader, both in the lockerroom and on the defensive side of the ball.
“Most certainly, you’ve got to be a leader on the team," said Shannon. "Anytime [the young guys] need anything, watching film, going over plays I try to tell them 'I’m in the room, you know where I live,' I try to help them any way possible.”
That also means leading the charge to replace Bernad James as Shotblocker-in-chief under the Florida State hoop. James is now in Dallas blocking shots for the Mavericks, but Shannon doesn't think it will take long for a new defensive presence to emerge. For now, he's shouldering his share of the load.
“Right now it’s hard to say [who will be "the guy"], but we have a lot of athletic guys who can block shots," said Shannon. "From the starting point, where we first start off I think it’s going to be like a team effort for blocking shots, but in time I think a couple guys will separate themselves. We’ve got a lot of athletic guys.”
Including Shannon, who is now healthy and ready to help Florida State defend their conference title.