The Florida State basketball team faded towards the end of the season last year, but it wasn't because of a lack of effort or coaching. The players were running on fumes at the end of the year because of a lack of depth at key positons. Three of Florida State's starters played more than 34 minutes a game.
Head coach Leonard Hamilton made a point with the 2015 recruiting class to ensure that they had the proper depth for this season. Hamilton was able to bring in 5-star Dwayne Bacon, 4-stars Malik Beasley and Terance Mann, 3-star Christ Koumadje, and JUCO All-American Benji Bell. At least three, possibly four, of those players will be in the regular rotation for the Seminoles this season.
Senior guard Montay Brandon believes the depth will make a big difference in the teams performance this season.
"It just means that we will be able to go hard at all times," Brandon said. "Not take a play off or two, even subconciously, even when you're not meaning too. You do it by accident because you have to preserve yourself for the whole game. So with the guys here coming to help us out we'll be able to go hard for the whole game."
Point guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes was the leading scorer for the Seminoles last season with 14.9 points per game. This year he won't have to be the primary scoring threat on the team. Bacon, Beasley, and Bell are all accomplished scoring threats coming out of high school and JUCO. Rathan-Mayes believes that will allow him to be a lot more efficient this season.
"It takes a lot of pressure off me," Rathan-Mayes said. "I'm not going to attract as many double teams, and if they do double team me they're going to have to pay with the guys we have on the perimeter."
Last season The Seminoles were forced to play a walk-on major minutes in big games because of the lack of depth. This season they will be able to play 11 or 12 guys before they get into the walk ons. That should make for a big difference at the end of games, and the end of the season.