Around the Nation: 9/10

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The most significant commitment story from the day was Cinmeon Bowers pledging to Florida State. A Milwaukee native whose topsy-turvy career brought him to Chipola (Fla.) JC, Bowers committed to the Seminoles over interest from Memphis, Louisville and others.

Bowers is 6-7, 260-pound power forward possesses outstanding strength and fluidity (given his weight) and generally ranks as one of the most heralded junior college prospects in the Class of 2014. He'll be one of the ACC's most physically mature newcomers during the 2014-15 campaign.

In addition to his massive body, Bowers also is athletic and impressively skilled. He has drawn comparisons to Louisville forward Chane Behanan, and while he's less agile Bowers is more powerful on the move. He can face the basket, score with his back to the rim or create havoc on the offensive glass.

His numbers last season at Chipola — 11 points and seven rebounds per game — don't suggest greatness, but he played for a balanced team and should take on an enhanced role this season.

He didn't elaborate on the details, but Bowers' twitter feed said it all:

"Just Committed To Florida State!!"

FSU needed a break. The Noles lost a heartbreaker recruitment for Andrew Wiggins, then found out more recently that prized freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes will be ineligible to compete this season. Bowers' commitment thus reestablishes positive momentum for the program.


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