Talent on a rise

Florida State has been known in recent times as a football school and now as a track dynasty. The basketball team has been solid but not able to consistently get over the hump. Florida State is now getting the players capable of making the program a legit top 25 contender.

In sports, there is a common saying that as a coach, it's about the Jimmy's and the Joe's. In college basketball, a player or two can change the dynamic of a team in one year. Florida State signed a McDonald's High School All-American last year in Chris Singleton. Singleton starts for the Seminoles and he's averaging slightly less than 10 points a game with an average of 8 rebounds per game (most on the team). He's been as good as advertised.

He's the type of player that you can build a program around. In the 2009 recruiting class, FSU signed a 5-star player in Michael Snaer from California. Snaer chose the Seminoles over programs such as Kansas, Missouri, and UCLA. Here is what the basketball experts had to say about his game: Snaer is a big time wing player has loads of explosion to the basket and a great student. Great size and an above average athlete. Solid frame, with good length. Good shooter to three-point range. Handles and passes well for a shooting guard. Good defender -- has a chance to be an excellent defender down the road. Competes well and a good feel for the game. Elite, high major prospect. Michael has a chance to become a McDonald's High School All-American as well. He's a future NBA player.

The Noles also landed the #58 player in the country in 6'7 Terrence Shannon. Shannon chose FSU over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland and countless other programs. His scouting report is tremendous athlete. His approach is that of a warrior. He's an aggressive guy by nature and his energy takes him places. These are two very good players in a small class that will have a major impact on the program in years to come.

Florida State hasn't stopped there either as far as top notch recruiting. FSU has secured the commitments of two top 60 (2010) prospects in the country in #52 Okaro White and #56 Ian Miller. White had this to say about the program "They were the first ones to start recruiting me a couple of years ago," White told Scout.com. "The coaching staff is great and I like the type of player development they do in Tallahassee. I love Coach Hamilton and when I took an unofficial visit it just felt like family to me."

Miller had some close ties to the coaching staff according to Miller's father as she states here "Knowing him (Corey Williams) did help (some) and Leonard and my wife are both from Gaston County. It helped knowing him but the most impressive thing was his graduation rate. He gets them out of there. "They've got a young team and he's going to be able to contribute right away."

So be patient basketball fans of the Seminoles. Help is on the way!


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