Perimeter trio brings FSU some firepower
At times during Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s tenure at Florida State the Seminoles have really struggled to score the basketball. Hamilton has always loaded his roster with versatile and athletic kids who can really defend, however scoring problems certainly look to be a thing of the past thanks to some high powered perimeter players. There won’t be many more talented trios going to one specific school on the wing than Dwayne Bacon, Terance Mann, and Malik Beasley. Florida State has just that coming in, in the 2015 class, and all of them bring a little something different to the table. However one thing that is definitely there is the ability to score. Bacon is the absolute gem of this class. The 6-foot-6 Bacon can play nearly anywhere on the floor. He handles the ball well for his size, is a very good athlete, and then also is a good shooter out to the three point line while also possessing a solid ability to get into the lane and make a play. All of that lead to him being a five-star prospect, and showing that he is one of the more difficult matchups in the 2015 class. While Bacon is the all-around player, Beasley is the high volume shooter. He has the ability to score from the mid-range or from distance, and has absolutely no conscious. Even if he misses his first few shots, Beasley thinks his next one is going in, and has that pure scorer’s mentality. Mann is a little different. He is a pure slasher who loves to get into the lane and take his defender off the dribble. He can shoot, but that isn’t his forte, instead he will want to breakdown the defense and use his size and athleticism to make things happen. When you put two, or even all three, of these prospects on the floor at once, that creates a lot of nightmares for opposing teams given how versatile they are on defense and talented on offense. It gets even scarier when you consider that one of the best shooters in college basketball is likely to be Xavier Rathan-Mayes who is already on campus, and leading scorer, and potential all-league player Aaron Thomas is also slated to be a senior when this talented trio gets to Tallahassee. Hamilton definitely gives his players a lot of freedom on the offensive end, and that wide open style should play well with his most recent commitments. Overall it is an excellent class for Florida State, and an exciting and high scoring brand of basketball should be the new expectation on campus.
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