Done Deal: Breeden To The ACC

Casaan Breeden, a Top 50 recruit from South Carolina, made his college choice Tuesday night. Breeden announced his intentions on local TV in his home state.

St. John's would have loved to have landed him but in the end, the Florida State Seminoles won the recruiting battle for Casaan Breeden, the 6-foot-8 forward out of Bennettsville (S.C.) Marlboro County.

According to his high school coach Ken Spencer, conference affiliation had a lot to do with his decision. "Really, being honest," Spencer said, "I think the fact it's an opportunity for him to play in the ACC against some schools that were recruiting him and then backed off, it gives him an opportunity to play against them. He's in the same league with Ra'Sean Dickey (his former teammate) and he really liked Coach Hamilton."

Last season, Breeden (No. 39, averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists while playing alongside Dickey, a current freshman at Georgia Tech.

Spencer said that the decision was particularly vexing for Breeden since he had established a strong bond with Red Storm assistant Fred Quartlebaum. "Coach "Q" at St. John's was recruiting Casaan when he was a freshman and it was really a tough decision for him. He had a great time at both places and it was a really tough decision for him."

Down in Tallahassee, basketball is starting to take off and Breeden wanted to be a part of it. "I think what's happening at Florida State is that they're one of the top schools on the rise in the ACC. What they're doing is just recruiting players and Casaan fits that mold. You can't really put him into a position.

"He's working so hard on his perimeter game that he's going to be able to do a lot of different things. He can defend three positions and on the offensive end he's a tough matchup for people that are a little slower and smaller on the perimeter."

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