Building Blocks

Florida State's basketball season ended Tuesday, when the Seminoles were knocked out of the second round of the NIT by Iowa State. FSU must replace shooting guard <b>Tim Pickett</b> in addition to steady point guard <b>Nate Johnson,</b> among others. The Seminoles' recruiting class is solid with Top-50 players <b>Isaiah Swann</b> and <b>Jason Rich.</b> FSU also is still pursuing the nation's top unsigned senior in <b>Tello Palacios.</b> Click here to see what school leads for the forward.

Top-50 recruits Isaiah Swann and Jason Rich are expected to play key roles in the backcourt next season at Florida State.

Forward/center Jerome Habel also is expected to help after committing to the Seminoles in January.

FSU's already-strong recruiting class just might add another jewel in Tello Palacios, arguably the nation's top unsigned senior.

Palacios named FSU as his leader prior to taking the hardwood at the Roundball Classic at Chicago's United Center.

The 6-foot-8 prospect had the following response when asked if FSU currently leads for his services.

"Probably," said Palacios, who starred at Our Savior New American School in Centereach, N.Y.

"It can still change and anything can still happen."

Rich ranked among the top shooting guards in the country at Orlando Dr. Phillips, while Swann converted to point guard at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., last season.

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