FSU Basketball Exhibition Observations

Florida State opened the 2014-2015 season with an exhibition against Embry-Riddle University.

Florida State won 95-73 over Embry-Riddle. Here are my observations from the game.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes looked extremely quick and had great vision. He was excellent in transition and has an extremely smooth shot. Rathan-Mayes had 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Phil Cofer is an absolute animal on the boards. He is always around the backboard and fighting for every rebound. Florida State hasn’t had a player like that in a long time. Coach Hamilton compared him to Al Thornton and said he plays with a tremendous amount of energy. That was certainly the case tonight. Cofer finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds.

Aaron Thomas is Aaron Thomas. He’s fantastic and was the best player on the court tonight. I’m fully expecting a huge season from Thomas. He had 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Kiel Turpin needs to cut down on the mental mistakes, but I liked what I saw out of him tonight. He was fighting down low and was dominant on the boards. He finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Jarquez Smith was dominant early in the game with 7 points in the first four minutes. He did a great job on offense around the basket, and if he can hit his hook shot with the same consistency as tonight he will get a lot of playing time. Smith had 13 points, 2 blocks, and 2 rebounds.

The defense played a good portion of the first half in the zone, but switched to more man in the second half. There looked to be some communication issues, but that can be attributed to a lot of the new guys playing.

The offense needs to cut down on the turnovers, and that has been a common theme for this team over the years. The guards need to play more in control.

If this team can consistently get to the basket and rebound well it will find it’s way into the NCAA tournament and will be a tough out for any team in the country.



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