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FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton ‘hopeful’ for David Nichols’ return vs. Gonzaga

Valuable depth could be coming back for the ’Noles.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round- Florida State vs Vermont David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

It’s not often that a team that just made its second-consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Tournament can be said to have had a tough week, but that’s an apt description of the Florida State basketball program. Forward Phil Cofer’s father Michael passed on Thursday, and the team has rallied around its redshirt-senior leader. Monday brought the announcement that Cofer will not play in 4-seed FSU’s regional semifinal game against 1-seed Gonzaga.

But after divulging that information on the Jeff Cameron Show, head coach Leonard Hamilton mentioned some good news as well. Hamilton said that he was “hopeful” that reserve point guard David Nichols would play against the Bulldogs on Thursday. Nichols had his lower leg rolled up on during the Seminoles’ round-one win over Vermont and did not play in FSU’s dismantling of Murray State.

A transfer from Albany, Nichols has provided important depth for the ’Noles this season, scoring 6.4 PPG and contributing 1.7 APG. He was instrumental in Florida State’s ACC Tournament upset of Virginia, leading the Seminoles with 14 and taking over the game for a pivotal stretch during the second half.