Florida State heads into the 2015-2016 season with a legitimate chance of being one of the ACC’s top teams. The Seminoles bring back several veterans, along with five newcomers. Of those newcomers, several are going to be in position to make an immediate impact, including wings Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley, as well as JUCO guard Benji Bell. Leonard Hamilton is going to have arguably as much talent to work with as any Seminole team since he led FSU to the 2012 ACC Tournament title.
FSU has made significant strides to solidify its backcourt for the long term over the past few months. The Seminoles have a pair of 2016 commitments from two 4-star perimeter standouts in Trent Forrest, a shooting guard from Florida, and C.J. Walker, a point guard from Indianapolis. Walker and Forrest are key components of FSU’s 2016 class, and will help the Seminoles offset the losses of Montay Brandon, Devon Bookert, and Michael Saxton following the 2015-2016 season.
After leading Chipley High School in Florida to a state championship last season, Forrest performed well on the Nike AAU circuit with the Georgia Stars, helping lead the squad to the championship of the Nike Peach Jam in South Carolina in mid-July.
FSU continued its recent positive recruiting momentum with the midsummer commitment of in-state 5-star forward Jonathan Isaac. Isaac, the third member of the Seminoles’ 2016 class, is a quick post talent with excellent all-around ability. He should help FSU defensively as well as in transition.[hr] Get access to the rest of this article and unlimited access to the rest of ACCSports.com when you upgrade to Premium Access! Click on the button below to view all the benefits of becoming a Premium Access member.
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