Junior forward Uche Echefu scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds as Florida State came from behind for a 66-61 win over College of Charleston on Tuesday night. A late steal by Toney Douglas proved to be pivotal for the Seminoles who improved to 10-3 on the season.[details]
ON BREEDEN: A cornerstone around which the Seminoles will be built during his sophomore year and for the remainder of his career in Tallahassee...among the most athletically gifted players on the Seminoles' roster who will earn increased playing time and who will vie for a spot in the starting line-up from the beginning of practice in October...an athletic forward who is capable of playing different positions and in different places on the court...is a terrific leaper who can handle the ball, shoots well from the perimeter and defends and rebounds well...his inside and outside abilities on the offensive end of the court combined with his 6-8 athletic frame make him a very difficult match-up...a very high energy player...a McDonald's All-America team nominee as a senior...the Gatorade Player of the Year in South Carolina and the state Class 4A Player of the Year as a senior...named Mister Hoop Zone as the top player in the state in 2005...also named to the All-Hoop Zone All-State First-Team...ranked as the nation's 39th best player by scout.com...ranked as the 14th best forward in the nation by Rivals.com...the nation's 45th best high school player according to Galaxy of Stars Prep Basketball...was one of the top players at the Nike All-American Camp prior to his senior season...matched up favorably in competition against Dwight Howard and defended the No. 1 selection in the 2004 NBA Draft as tenaciously as anyone his size could have according to renowned scouting and talent evaluator Bob Gibbons...played for Team USA in the 22nd Albert Schweitzer International Youth Basketball Tournament...averaged 16 points a game with Team USA.
AS A FRESHMAN (2006): Averaged 2.8 points (10th on the team) and 1.2 rebounds (11th) while playing in 22 of the Seminoles' 30 games...scored five points and added four rebounds and two blocked shots in his career debut against Jacksonville (Nov. 19)...led the Seminoles with two blocked shots in the season opener against the Dolphins...reached double-figures for the first time in his career with 10 points in the Seminoles' victory over Campbell (Dec. 22) in Tallahassee...set his personal single-game career bests for points (10), field goals made (four), field goals attempted (five), rebounds (six), assists (four) and played in a near-career-high 19 minutes against Campbell...scored nine points in the Seminoles' victory over Louisiana Monroe (Dec. 2)...scored seven points and added one steal in 12 minutes against Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Nov. 29)...helped Florida State set a new challenge record for largest margin of victory (+40 points, 97-57) against the Boilermakers...made a single-game career-high three free throws and attempted his career-high of four free throws against Purdue...(vs. Boston College): did not play in Florida State's 90-87 loss at NCAA Tournament participant Boston College (Jan. 14)...(vs. Clemson): averaged 2.0 points and 1.0 rebound in two games against NIT participant Clemson...scored two points and pulled down two rebounds in three minutes of play as the Seminoles traveled to play at Clemson (Jan. 4) to open the ACC season...the trip to Clemson was his first as a collegian back to his home state of South Carolina...his two points came on a first half jumper which gave Florida State a 14-12 advantage with 9:34 left in the first half...totaled two rebounds in one minute of playing time in the second half as the Seminoles battled from behind during much of the game...after trailing at halftime, the Seminoles fell 61-55...totaled two points in six minutes played in helping Florida State to the win at home over Clemson (Feb. 1)...his two first half points allowed Florida State to take a 26-23 halftime lead on its way to the 69-59 win...stuck a jumper with 11:09 remaining in the first half to give the Seminoles a 13-10 lead...the Seminoles were tied but never trailed in winning their fourth ACC game of the season and evening their record at 4-4 in ACC play...(vs. Duke): scored 0 points and pulled down zero rebounds in one minute of playing time in two games against NCAA Tournament participant Duke...earned playing time as the Seminoles traveled to Durham to play Duke (Feb. 4)...playing time came in the first half as the Seminoles took a 45-43 halftime lead into the locker room...Duke rallied to tie the game and won, 97-96, in overtime...did not play in the Seminoles' victory over No. 1 ranked Duke in Tallahassee (March 1)...(vs. Georgia Tech): scored five points in three minutes of playing time in the Seminoles' only game against Georgia Tech during the season...was two-of-four from the field and made one-of-three shots from 3-point range as Florida State defeated Georgia Tech, 80-79, in Tallahassee (Feb. 9)...his five points on two baskets came within 2:21 of each other and helped Florida State stick with the Yellow Jackets in the first half of the game...his first basket - a lay-up - gave Florida State a 20-17 lead with 8:16 left in the first half...a 3-point shot with 6:55 left in the first half allowed the Seminoles to re-take the lead at 23-22...his five points were important as the Yellow Jackets took the lead (43-39) at the intermission...Florida State recovered to win the game, 80-79, on an Andrew Wilson 3-point shot with 1:32 left in regulation...(vs. Maryland): scored 0 points and pulled down one rebound in three minutes in the Seminoles' only game against NIT participant Maryland during the season...his rebound came late in the second half as the Seminoles were in the process of upping their record to 17-7 overall and 7-6 in the ACC...(vs. Miami): did not see any action in either of the Seminoles' game against NIT participant Miami during the season...(vs. North Carolina): did not play in the Seminoles' 81-80 loss to NCAA Tournament participant North Carolina in Tallahassee (Jan. 22)...(vs. NC State): scored zero points and pulled down one rebound in the Seminoles only game of the season against NC State...his rebound came in the second half as Florida State attempted to battle back from a halftime deficit in Raleigh (Feb. 15)...his nine minutes of playing time against the Wolfpack were the most minutes he played in an ACC game during the first season of his career...(vs. Virginia): scored 0 points and pulled down one rebound in one game against NIT participant Virginia...did not score but pulled down one rebound in the Seminoles' overtime victory (87-82) over Virginia in Charlottesville (Jan. 11)...his rebound came in the first half and helped the Seminoles take a 47-45 lead at the intermission...the Cavaliers tied the game, 77-77, in regulation and sent the game into overtime...Florida State outscored Virginia, 10-5, in overtime to gain the ACC win on the road...did not see any playing action in the Seminoles' victory over Virginia in Tallahassee (Feb. 18)...(vs. Virginia Tech): did not play in either of the Seminoles' games against Virginia Tech during the season...(vs. Wake Forest): scored 0 points and pulled down 0 rebounds in one game against NIT participant Wake Forest...earned two minutes of playing time as the Seminoles faced the Demon Deacons in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro (March 9)...(vs. Butler and South Carolina in the NIT): averaged 2.0 points and 0.0 rebounds against Butler and South Carolina as Florida State advanced to the second round of the NIT...scored three points in helping Florida State past Butler in the first round of the NIT in Tallahassee (March 17)...Breeden was the man for Florida State as his hard work led directly to seven points in a 1:49 span of the first half that saw the Seminoles go from three up to as much as six up...first contribution came on an assist to Alexander Johnson for a lay-up and a 22-17 lead at the 5:48 mark...his points for the game came on a 3-point shot to give Florida State a 25-19 lead with 5:19 remaining in the half...his 3-point shot proved to be all-important as three points was the Seminoles halftime margin in a 33-30 lead...a Breeden steal then directly to a lay-up by Alexander Johnson just over a minute later to put the Seminoles up 27-22...Florida State lost the lead late in the second half, regained it with 2:00 minutes remaining and won the game 67-64 to advance to the second round of the tournament...scored one point on a first half free throw against South Carolina in the second round of the NIT in Tallahassee (March 21)...free throw was important as it helped the Seminoles take a 25-22 lead at the intermission...South Carolina rallied in the second half and the overtime to win the game 69-68...the Gamecocks went on to win the NIT championship...(vs. Florida): scored three points and pulled down one rebound in eight minutes of play against Florida...scored two first half points as the Seminoles jumped to a 38-30 lead at halftime as the Seminoles traveled to Gainesville to play the Gators (Nov. 25)...closed out the first half with a lay-up at the 27 second mark to make the score 38-30...was one of two from the free throw line in the second half to score his third point.
AT MARLBORO COUNTY: Graduated from Marlboro County High School in 2005...averaged a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds in leading Marlboro County to the championship game of the state playoff tournament his senior season...earned Honorable Mention honors to the All-Southern Boy's Basketball team by the Orlando Sentinel...averaged 16 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots a game as a junior...led Marlboro County in the state playoffs with three consecutive double-double performances...game high 21 points and 15 rebounds in semifinal game against Richland Northeast...scored 13 points against Gaffney in the state championship game...totaled 35 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and credited with five assists in a second-round victory playoff over Wando...totaled 28 points, 12 rebounds and six assists against Summerville in the third round of the tournament...scored 15 of his game-high 29 points on free throws to lead Marlboro County to a 58-43 victory over West Florence mid-way through his senior season...named to the pre-season All-State team by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association...played well against Dwight Howard during the regular season as Marlboro County played Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy...totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds as his stock continued to rise on the prep level...held Howard to 10 points in the meeting between the two power players...second leading scorer in the Carolinas Classic All-Star game with 18 points following his senior season.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 28, 1986 to Marguerite Breeden and Matthew Covington...Casaan is the first of four boys...he later on in life moved in with his grandparents Betty and Leroy Woods...served as class president his junior year and was a member of the Principal's Advisory Council...former teammate of current Georgia Tech player Ra'Sean Dickey in high school...choose Florida State over Miami, NC State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and St. John's.