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Sunday Centerpiece: Remembering the FSU Seniors

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The Florida State senior class walked the Donald L. Tucker Center floor for the final time on Saturday.

The seniors helped clinch the ACC regular season title on Saturday with an 80-62 win over Boston College. The class for FSU was very small and the two members who made it up had very different paths to Tallahassee.

Guard Trent Forrest was a 4-year player for the Seminoles, who watched FSU hit new levels of success. The other, center Dominik Olejniczak, had stops at Drake and Ole Miss before playing one year at FSU.

Although their career paths were quite different, here’s a look back at each of their Florida State careers:

Trent Forrest, G

One of the more decorated careers in Florida State history, guard Trent Forrest will leave Tallahassee having averaged at least 26 wins per season. Forrest played more games and was a part of more wins than any FSU player ever. He currently ranks fifth all-time at FSU in assists and third in steals. A native of Chipley, Forrest asserted himself as a leader late in the 2017-18 season. That campaign, FSU reached the Elite Eight for the first time in 25 years.

An excellent defender and a great teammate, Forrest will also leave Tallahassee as one of the most clutch players in program history. A star on the court and an academic in the classroom, Forrest represented FSU with the utmost class and evolved into one of the more popular athletes on campus. Forrest has been part of two teams to advance to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament and been a part of teams who set new program records for wins and ACC wins. This season, the Seminoles won their only ACC regular season title.

Dominik Olejniczak came to Florida State as a graduate transfer after two years at Ole Miss. (Mike Olivella/FSU athletics)

Dominik Olejniczak, C

A native of Poland, Dominik Olejniczak has been a journeyman during his college basketball career. After a year at Drake and two at Ole Miss, Olejniczak came to Florida State as a graduate transfer this season. Although the averages are pedestrian, Olejniczak has been a solid contributor for the Seminoles. A big body near the rim, Olejniczak has played good defense and shot better than 60 percent from the field. Fittingly on Senior Day, Olejniczak scored a season-high 14 points.

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