Magnum To En-Rolle At ACC School

Magnum Rolle of the Bahamas is one of the more interesting prospects in the junior class. The former Nike camper now has plans for next year and also for his first season in college.

The 2003 Nike All-American Camp gave a national audience its first look at 6-11, 200 pound Magnum Rolle of the Bahamas. The talented power forward prospect showed off his athleticism and range; we ranked him as a high-major prospect. We thought he might make an appearance and then disappear into obscurity to parts unknown.

That's not the case.

This week, Rolle made a decision about college.

"We've been pining over this for a while in trying to make the best decision," said St. George coach Darrell Sears. "He's verbally committed to Florida State. He likes what he's seen out of them. Ever since he's seen them play against Stetson University he's known that what he wants to do. I told him to go ahead and make a commitment and concentrate on trying to get your school work taken care of so you can focus on getting the grades to qualify and concentrate on his skills."

So, in the fall of 2005, Rolle will enroll at FSU. Prior to that, he'll spend a year at Hargrave Military Academy under the direction of Kevin Keatts.

"Hargrave would be the best route. We wanted to do another year of high school but we've understood that Hargrave has done a tremendous job of getting kids [qualified and ready to play]. We figured we might as well go right ahead and get all the help he needs both on and off the court."

On the court, Rolle is doing fine. According to Sears, he's averaging 20 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks. The coach said that Rolle is one of the fortunate ones in terms of making the most of an opportunity.

"We have guys just as good as him, but Magnum was one of the lucky ones that got exposed. That keeps him very humble. He's a special kid with his size, athleticism and quickness, he's special. We have guys that keep him very humble.

"The thing that sets him apart is that Magnum was able to get exposed. If he didn't get exposed then nobody would know about him."

Memphis, Arkansas, Western Illinois, Miami and Florida State knew about him and sent coaches to see him this year. However, it was Florida State that wound up surging ahead.

"When he realized that Trevor Harvey went there, because we always talked about Harvey a lot, he started thinking about them. He saw them play and watched Stetson play Florida State and when he saw that he was impressed and said that's where he wanted to be."

Sears isn't concerned at all about the level of competition for Rolle. He feels like the style of play in the Bahamas gives him a leg up in terms of preparation.

"We only have 8 teams in the island that I'm in. The average guy is 6-7 and under who are all quick and fast. [Rolle's] forced to move on the court. If you're slow and big, you'll get killed. [Players] might not have all the fundamentals, but run-jump-agility, they have it. I think that helps him."

And eventually, it'll help Florida State too.

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