ACC Preview #12 – After a very difficult year, is Florida back? It definitely looks like that

What do you make of Florida?

Last season, Noles could have auditioned for the old TV show M*A*S*H* because Florida State had an insane level of injuries. Leonard Hamilton had to use 13 different lineups, and as we remember, sometimes scenes would get minutes like never before in a typical year.

FSU won 17 games and finished 0.500 in the conference, so Hamilton did well under the circumstances.

this year?

Well, there is no way injuries could be that bad again, and it would be a completely different team.

Hamilton lost eight players, most of whom were in the rotation: Raikwan Evans, Anthony Bullitt, Malik Osborne, Tano Stars, John Butler and Wyatt Wilkes, all of whom were either graduated, out of eligibility, or, in Butler’s case, left to the pros. a ball.

Quincy Ballard and Aladdin Boutayeb hit the gate. Ballard is found in Wichita and Putib in Arkansas. Ballard could easily be replaced, and if you haven’t heard of Boutayeb before, it’s because he joined FSU for the second semester and didn’t play a minute.

In fact, make those nine players. Harrison Prieto played 12 games last season, mostly due to injuries.

Unlike the loaded Notre Dame, Florida has no grad students, let alone seniors.

They have four junior students and three sophomores. Caleb Mills, the 6-5 guard who moved from Houston, returns. It’s a dangerous, streaky shooter. No one’s ever relapsed, but he has a history of injuries dating back to when he played for Houston. He’s from Arden, NC, and if that sounds familiar, it’s because the Plumlee Brothers went to Christ’s School, which is located in Arden.

Matthew Cleveland, 6-2 junior, pulled 26.2 mpg last season, which is a ton of minutes for Hamilton. He defends well for the good thing, because he’s a poor shooter: only 55 percent off the streak and 17 percent for triples. This is so bad. He’s still a force, and as you’ll see, many other players can shoot, so it might not matter that he can’t.

You may remember that Cameron Fletcher left Kentucky after he was clearly unhappy in public. He’s played a lot more with FSU – he’s only been in nine games with John Calipari and he’s played for 60 minutes that entire season – so there’s that. He’s athletic enough to fit into the Hamilton chart and we’ll see how far he can go. His opinion of his talent was clearly exaggerated, but he might be more realistic now. We hope you will be happier as well.

We really loved Jaylen Warley last year. He was still learning but you can see the potential. A 6-6 guard, Warley earned 19.3 mpg and averaged more passes than Mills, who had a much longer time. He is very clever and may start from a certain point.

As you probably remember, Leonard collects seven footers like other guys who collect baseball cards or high-end cars. He loves them. The biggest man for FSU this year is Naim MacLeod. His season ended with an injury in February, so it’s hard to know much about him. Although he is 7-4 years old, and at HammyLand this is usually enough to get the time.

The Cleveland Yates only played three games and Michael Brown sat, so who knows?

Tibor Palincas went to Clayton State and Tallahassee Community College before transferring to FSU. He is a Hungarian and is said to be a good shooter, which is what was said about the Hungarians when they repelled the Mongols that day. Good genes! Well, Hamilton hopes so anyway.

Two D-1 transfers for FSU: Darren Green, a 6-5 junior who played for Johnny Dawkins of Central Florida, and Jaylan Jenny, 6-10 of Brown.

Greene got off to a good start on Knoll’s summer tour of Canada. If he can maintain that, it will help.

A native of Greensboro, Gainey played well on the tour as well, and we liked him a lot after reading his FSU page. He looks like an attractive character.

Not surprisingly, given the roster’s losses last year, Hamilton brought in a group of freshmen: Jeremiah Pembry, 6-6, Cameron Corden 6-10/225, Diannet Green 6-10/210, Tom House, 6-7, Chandler Jackson 6-5 and Papa Miller, 6-11/204.

Hamilton traditionally collects the big players who block the lane and might bounce if he’s lucky. Miller is unlikely to be one of those guys.

He grew up in Spain and has been at Real Madrid the equivalent of a farm team since he was 12 years old now. He is said to be a very good shooter and a guy who could be a big surprise. He chose to play NCAA basketball because he would have more help with development. We will be excited to see him. Florida beat Gonzaga in favor of Miller, which says something.

Cameron Corden is a big Texan kid who has had big shows from Kansas, Elsaw State University, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Houston, and a host of others. He also has a three-point combo and is a good defender. It is worth following. It’s interesting that after so many years of simply having the biggest players, regardless of whether they can play or not, Hamilton has now recruited three top players in two years who can get to three. But wait there is more!

De’Ante Green is out of Asheville, like Miller and Corden, he’s a great player who can go out and shoot. Note to state fans: There are plenty of good talent back home in Tally. Just saying ‘.

Pempri is outside Brooklyn and his high school coach said he can “jump out of the gym.” It is another point of protection filter. It’s a good shooter but maybe not great yet. He needs to put in some muscle but time will cure that.

Tom House, a 6- to 7-year-old from Ohio, is said to be a really good shooter but with a questionable defense in high school. He’ll have to follow this ending but it looks like he can help if he does. Get ready for a lot of puns about his name, and not just here.

Chandler Jackson guard 6-5 outside Memphis. He is said to have a great lateral speed and is a hacker who can also shoot. In his Florida autobiography, he says his mother and grandmother named him Chandler after Chandler Bing on the Friends TV Show.

Like just about everyone in the class, he has stated that Hamilton “gets it [people] to the league.”

Unlike everyone else, he is 6-6 years younger. It’s no surprise that FSU, which places a huge premium on height, is once again the tallest team in the country.

Interestingly, Hamilton has changed his formula, but not in defence. The basic plan of having tall, varied defenders is still constantly shifting with several top players to make life difficult in the lane.

He’s on the offensive where he makes impressive tweaks. He has two tall guards in Warley and Bembry. We’ve seen enough Warley last year to know it’s going to be a pain in the ass and Bembry looks promising, too. Think of it this way: How many Rangers can you remember in Duke, UNC, or Virginia? Now ask yourself how much can you remember from Florida? We’ve always thought that was a huge weakness there, and Hamilton’s constant substitutions may have worked against him in that regard. It may not be now.

We never thought Hamilton would mix things up so much at the age of 74. Making big changes in the twilights of his career is pretty cool.

At FSU, his formula worked – up to a point. He can compete with Duke, UNU and Virginia, but he rarely gets ahead of them. He’s only reached Elite Eight once, made Sweet Sixteen three times, and been in Tallahassee for nearly 20 years. And this year’s team, made up of six sophomores and seven freshmen, are youngsters. Florida State doesn’t really define drills as such, simply calling them green team members or juicy team members (we’re just in fights every day), but the list does list 19 players so he has a group.

What he doesn’t have is a lot of experience. The list includes five junior players, but Fletcher is, so far, a relatively average player. Mills is a burden but with an injury history it is a concern. On top of that, Yates was late last season and had little impact before that. He may be a brilliant experienced player, but he hasn’t done much on the field. Green and Palenka may be really good, but they are in their first year in the Hamilton system.

Those are the caveats. However, Hamilton has a deep and talented roster. His biggest problem is inexperience. However, never forget that he took a team devastated by injuries last season to a record 17-14 and 10-10 in the ACC. That showed a certain level of training brilliance as he sometimes had to use deep reserves and walk. All things considered, you have to say the season has been a successful one and one of his best coaching performances ever.

This year, assuming his team is minimally healthy, his roster is deep and many-sided on both ends of the field. It is true that they are young. But if he can be as successful with an impromptu, impromptu group as he was last year, he should do well with this very talented roster.

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