After capturing the program’s first ACC tournament title in March 2012, the Florida State men’s basketball team was forced to rebuild after half its roster graduated.
The only question now: How much longer will the rebuilding process take?
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SEMINOLES AT A GLANCE
Coach: Leonard Hamilton (197-143 record at FSU; 397-353 career record).
2012-13: 18-16 overall, 9-9 ACC (sixth in the conference); lost in the first round of the NIT.
Key returning players: Okaro White, 6-9, Sr., F (12.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg); Devon Bookert, 6-3, So., G (6.5 ppg, 2.4 apg); Kiel Turpin, 7-0, Sr., C (5.4 ppg, 1.3 bpg); Ian Miller, Sr., G (5.3 ppg, 1.9 apg).
Key newcomer: Jarquez Smith, 6-9, Fr., F.
Outlook: The season will hinge on the growth of the sophomores. If they are able to provide consistent points and defense, FSU will be in good shape. If not, the Seminoles could struggle to reach .500.
FSU loses Michael Snaer, who rescued the Seminoles five times with buzzer-beating 3-pointers the last two seasons. Snaer is now playing for a pro team in Italy. Forward Terrance Shannon transferred to VCU, while reserve guard Terry Whisnant transferred to East Carolina.
The team’s lone freshman, Jarquez Smith, is an athletic 6-foot-9 forward who should make an immediate impact. Xavier Rathan-Mayes, one of the nation’s top recruits last spring, could have provided immediate help, but he must sit out this season after being declared ineligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse.