FSU basketball finished the 2020-21 schedule (18-7, 11-4 ACC) and its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 before losing to Michigan.
Head Coach Leonard Hamilton has set a new standard for college basketball in Tallahassee.
The basketball team has been the only silver lining in recent years among the three major sports that Hamilton has recruited and has had their teams perform at a high national level.
I mean, it’s crazy to think FSU basketball lost two picks in the first round of the NBA Draft before last season and essentially gave away another ACC conference championship with some bad losses.
The Noles lost a lot of the team’s production last year, but placed at No.20 in the AP preseason poll released on Monday:
– ACC network (@accnetwork) October 18, 2021
I have to give Leonard Hamilton the benefit of the doubt based on what he has accomplished in recent years.
However, the losses of RaiQuan Gray, Scottie Barnes, Balsa Koprivica, MJ Walker and reserve goalkeeper Saadar Calhoun are A LOT of production. Anthony Polite is the only returning player for last year’s squad to post a double-digit average.
However, this is one of the main reasons Leonard Hamilton has used the transfer portal to gain more roster experience as the nation’s No.8 class gets its feet wet at the start of the season. Houston and Kentucky guards transfer Caleb Mills and Camron Fletcher will be critical to the team’s success. It will take time for the team to forge an identity around their strengths and weaknesses.
They will have an early test as they take on their rivals Florida Gators on the road in Game 2 of the season. However, Leonard Hamilton has owned Mike White since he was hired, winning the last seven straight games. The rest of the schedule at the start should be a good job for a team getting ready for the conference game. FSU basketball will open the season Nov. 10 at 9 p.m., hosting Penn.