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Welcome back to the Hoos Place 2017 Offseason Refresh, where we review last season and this summer's personnel moves for all 15 ACC programs in alphabetical order. To read program capsules already complete, you can click here. Today we look at the...

Florida State Seminoles

FSU has spent the last couple years building teams around highly ranked NBA prospects, but with mixed results. An up and down regular season ended with a 7-2 upset at the hands of Xavier. This year, three of those 5 stars all decided to make the jump; will the remaining 3- and 4-star veterans have the chemistry to do what the inexperienced 5-stars couldn't?

Coach: Leonard Hamilton; 504-406 in 29 seasons overall; 304-196 (126-124) in 15 seasons at FSU.

2016-17 Record: 26-9 (12-6), ACCT Semifinalist (3 seed), NCAAT 2nd Round (2 seed)

2016-17 Efficiency:

National:

ORtg: 115.5 (31 of 351)

DRtg: 95.4 (31 of 351)

ACC:

ORtg: 111.7 (6 of 15)

DRtg: 102.8 (5 of 15)

 

Roster Roundup:

Key Departures:

PG Xavier Rathan-Mayes (NBA)

SG Dwayne Bacon (NBA)

SF Jonathan Isaac (NBA)

PF Jarquez Smith (Grad)

C Michael Ojo (Grad) 

35 G, 27.7 mpg, 10.6 ppg, 4.8 apg, 1.9 topg, 32% 3p%

35 G, 28.8 mpg, 17.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.516 2p%, 33% 3p%

32 G, 26.2 mpg, 12 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 0.593 2p%, 35% 3p%

35 G, 13.1 mpg, 4.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.9 blkpg, 52% fg%

35 G, 12.2 mpg, 4.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.9 blkpg, 56% fg%

Key Returnees:

PG CJ Walker (SO)

PG PJ Savoy (JR)

SG Terrance Mann (JR)

SG Braian Angola-Rodas (SR)

SG Trent Forrest (SO)

PF Phil Cofer (RS JR)

C Christ Koumadje (JR) 

33 G, 12.5 mpg, 4.9 ppg, 1.3 apg, 0.8 topg, 30% 3p%

28 G, 8.1 mpg, 5.5 ppg, 0.3 apg, 0.3 topg, 40% 3p%

35 G, 25 mpg, 8.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.611 2p%, 30% 3p%

34 G, 11.8 mpg, 4.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.477 2p%, 42% 3p%

35 G, 15.4 mpg, 4.9 ppg, 1.6 apg, 1 topg, 13% 3p%

32 G, 12.5 mpg, 2.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.471 2p%, 38% 3p%

35 G, 10.1 mpg, 3.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.1 blkpg, 65% fg%

Key Additions:

SG MJ Walker (5* FR)

SG Anthony Polite (3* FR)

SF Mfiondu Kabengele (3* RS FR)

PF RaiQuan Gray (4* FR)

PF Wyatt Wilkes (3* FR)

C Ike Obiagu (4* FR) 

 

Projected starters in bold

 

2017/18 ACC Opponents:

Home & Away: Miami, Clemson, Louisville, Boston College 
Home Only: Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Syracuse 
Away Only: Duke, Wake Forest, NC State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame 

 

Outlook:

The losses of XRM, Bacon, and Isaac are significant. Those three alone scored 50 of FSU's 82 ppg last year.Everyone else was considered a role player. FSU will have 13 eligible players this year, but figuring out who of them will emerge atop the rotation is anyone's guess (so take our starters projection with a grain of salt). Walker, Forrest, and Mann are all former four-star prospects, all dribble-penetration guards, none proven as shooters or distributers; but how well will they mesh with Hamilton's last-minute hire of MJ Walker, a high usage, high ego scoring guard with designs on quickly showcasing himself for the NBA? Hamilton will need to do a better job getting these young men to gel as a team, accept roles and play defense, than he has in recent years, as FSU is quickly becoming known as a program that underperforms its talent level. This year is likely no different, and in the deep ACC and lacking the sure-fire future NBA talent, this year's FSU squad projects as an NCAA Tournament bubble team.

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Offseason Refresh, Conference, Florida State