Florida State Preview Capsule
Last season: 26-9, lost to Xavier in NCAA Tournament second round.
Coach: Leonard Hamilton.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who’s gone: G Dwayne Bacon, F Jonathan Isaac, G Xavier Rathan-Mayes, C Michael Ojo, F Jarquez Smith.
Who’s back: G Terance Mann is the Seminoles’ leading returning scorer (8.4) and rebounder (4.5) along with being one of the team’s more accurate shooters (57.9 percent from the field the past two seasons). G PJ Savoy is likely to move into the starting lineup and is the team’s best 3-point shooter, making 40 of 100 last season. C Christ Koumadje is the tallest player in school history at 7-foot-4. He is imposing in the paint as a shot blocker but he is also one of the quickest players on the team and can easily get down the floor.
Who’s new: G M.J. Walker. He was considered the top shooting guard in the nation by several recruiting services and is the second McDonald’s All-American in the past three seasons to attend the school. C Ikey Obiagu is raw on the offensive end, but he could end up leading the team in blocked shots.
The Skinny: Despite returning just one starter, the Seminoles were picked to finish eighth in the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll. A lot of that is due to Hamilton often using 12 players in games last season and having an up-tempo style that averaged 82.1 points. With Mann and Savoy at the guards, it should be a better team from the perimeter but it is not as athletically gifted as last year. If ever there was a team that needed to win by a committee approach, it might be this one. If Hamilton can fuse the newcomers with what he has returning, they have a chance at making return NCAA Tournament trips for the first time since 2012.
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