Naseem Khaalid decommits from Florida State

The Florida State men’s basketball team will have just two scholarship seniors on the roster in 2019, Trent Forrest and grad-transfer Dominik Olejniczak. Barring any other losses, the Seminoles are projected to have just two open spots for the 2020 recruiting cycle. One of those spots is currently filled by four-star forward Malachi Wideman, who will play both football and basketball at FSU, the other is open again following the recent decommitment of four-star point guard Naseem Khaalid. Khaal

NBA Mock Draft Update: Former 'Noles moving up the boards

Former Florida State men’s basketball stars Terance Mann and Mfiondu Kabengele are gaining momentum in the 2019 NBA Draft. They both received rave reviews for their work at the NBA Combine earlier this month in Chicago and now are in the midst of private and predraft workouts. Kabengele has seemingly already worked out for half of the teams in the association while Mann has spent time with both Atlanta and Philadelphia. As of now, NBADraft.net has the two former ‘Noles being selected inside the

Brooklyn Nets hire two former 'Noles as Assistant GMs

The Brooklyn Nets had a hole to fill in their front office with an open assistant GM position this offseason. They’ve decided to fill that spot with two former members of the Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball program, Andy Birdsong (2009-11) and Jeff Peterson (2012). Birdsong served as a graduate assistant under head coach Leonard Hamilton from 2009-11, one year before Jeff Peterson arrived as a grad-transfer in Tallahassee. He held titles as a scout and Basketball Operations Manager for

FSU, UF men's basketball to meet early in 2019 regular season

The University of Florida men’s basketball team recently announced its non-conference schedule for the 2019-20 season. Normally, Florida State fans wouldn’t really care who the Gators are playing but one date on UF’s schedule holds some significance to fans. Their annual beatdown by the Seminoles, no matter the location. Florida State and Florida are scheduled to meet early in the season, Sunday, Nov. 10 in Gainesville. The Gators have one game on their schedule prior to the matchup with FSU wh

FSU Basketball adds experience through JUCO and grad transfers

The Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team lost a lot of talent and experience this offseason. Five seniors were already set to graduate, including three of the most instrumental in program history in Terance Mann, Phil Cofer, and Christ Koumadje. Then, redshirt sophomore Mfiondu Kabengele declared for the 2019 NBA draft after a breakout season that saw him win the ACC’s sixth-man of the year award. That leaves the Seminoles in a predicament as six of their top eight scorers from last yea

Patrick Williams could be FSU's next great scorer

Head coach Leonard Hamilton has had a lot of good scorers come through his program in recent years. In the past five years, guys like Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Aaron Thomas, Malik Beasley, Dwayne Bacon, and Phil Cofer (when healthy) would fit that bill. And to a lesser extent, Jonathan Isaac (because he wasn’t aggressive enough), Braian Angola (as a senior), and Terance Mann. Players who can go get the team a bucket when they need it the most, XRM’s ridiculous stretch of 30 points in 4:30 against Mia

Early thoughts on Florida State Basketball in 2019-20

There’s no way to sugarcoat it, last night’s loss was devasting for the Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team. The March Madness run is over and the seniors, Terance Mann, Phil Cofer, Christ Koumadje, PJ Savoy, and David Nichols, that helped turn this program around are moving on. It’s especially unfortunate that Cofer and Nichols had to end their time in garnet and gold on the sidelines. You know they would’ve given anything to be out on that floor with their guys. It’s a painful moment

FSU Basketball overlooked in final coaches poll

23 wins, 6 wins over ranked opponents, 3 straight wins over higher ranked seeds, and absolutely zero respect. USA Today released their final coaches poll of the season on Tuesday, with Florida State slotting in at No. 18. Kansas State was the only other team that made the Elite Eight to finish behind the Seminoles in the rankings. Some of the teams who were ranked above FSU include Xavier and Gonzaga, who the `Noles personally dispatched in the second round and Sweet Sixteen respectively. Michi

Phil Cofer hints at possible return to FSU on Instagram

Just days off one of the deepest postseason runs in school history, Florida State basketball is already dealing with their first offseason dilemma. On Tuesday, sophomore PG CJ Walker announced his intentions to transfer from the university. His decision likely came on the heels of a breakout performance in the tournament from Trent Forrest. Evan Daniels, a basketball recruiting analyst for 247 Sports, reported Wednesday that Walker had already heard from Ohio State, Butler, and Indiana.

FSU's magical run ends in the Elite Eight

What a season for Florida State. Leonard Hamilton’s squad made it farther in the NCAA Tournament than he had ever gone before as a head coach, culminating in the first Elite Eight appearance in 25 years. And it wasn’t luck. The Seminoles proved they belong by beating not one, not two, but three higher ranked teams on their journey into the Elite Eight. The magic nearly pushed FSU to another upset, but they came up just short, falling to Michigan, 58-54

FSU still projected to make tourney, but margin for error slipping

The road to the NCAA Tournament isn’t getting any easier for the Florida State men's basketball team. After losing Sunday night at N.C. State, Leonard Hamilton's fell to 19-9 on the season (8-8 in the ACC) and also dropped out of the Top 25. The Seminoles have lost three of their last five games and have two regular-season contests remaining. FSU's recent struggles are reflected in the latest round of NCAA Tournament projections. After getting thrashed by the Wolfpack, ESPN penciled the 'Noles

Phil Cofer remains vital piece towards Seminoles success

Florida State is 5-0 for the first time since the Seminoles won the ACC Championship in 2012. It has certainly been an impressive start for a team that boasts eight scholarship underclassmen. The `Noles have only two seniors: Phil Cofer and Braian Angola. Cofer is the longest tenured player on this roster, while Angola transferred to Tallahassee after starting his career at North Idaho College. Cofer has traveled a tumultuous road to arrive to where he is in his career. He signed with FSU in 20

Wyatt Wilkes settling into Tallahassee

Tallahassee is in the midst of a sweltering summer and many of Florida State’s athletes are currently back in town as they prepare for their upcoming seasons. Wyatt Wilkes is an incoming freshman for the Seminoles Men’s Basketball team. He was originally rated as a three-star recruit out of Winter Park, FL. He’s already arrived on campus to take part in offseason workouts and is enjoying his time in the city thus far. “I love it around here. It’s beautiful, the weather is great,” Wilkes said.

Young ’Noles flash potential at Jam with Ham

The Florida State men’s basketball team held their annual preseason Jam with Ham on Friday, October 13. The Seminoles return eight scholarship players and have five new players via the 2017 recruiting class. Head Coach Leonard Hamilton will have to be savvy in his quest to replace four of the five starters that took the floor for his squad last season. FSU is hoping to mitigate those major losses of talent and experience with an influx of youth. Hamilton and his staff inked a top 10 recruiting
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