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FSU Football: Basketball Starting 5

Derwin James, Marquez White, Deondre Francois

Florida State football hasn’t won 10 or more games in each of the last four seasons merely by recruiting great football players.  Florida State recruits great athletes.  With that being said, I thought it would be fun to put together a basketball starting five using only players from the 2016-2017 Florida State football team.

Point Guard

The starting point guard on this team is a no-brainer: corner Marquez White.  Marquez White is undoubtedly the best basketball player, much less the best ball-handler, on the FSU football team.  White was a first team all-state basketball player in high school and even played on the Florida State basketball team as a freshman.  While he played in only 6 games at FSU, White showcased his talent as a tenacious perimeter defender and a solid outside shooter.

Shooting Guard

White will need a pure shooter to complement him in the backcourt and quarterback Deondre Francois is that guy.  When the pressure was on in the Chick Fil A Peach Bowl Shooting Challenge, Francois did not disappoint.  This is exactly the kind of cold-blooded shooter I want to be able to beat the buzzer if need be.

Small Forward

At small forward I’m going to need a big time athlete, one that can cover taller defenders, scores at will, and can preferably dunk.  Luckily, I’m able to get all three with safety Derwin James.  James might only be 6’3”, but he boasts a 37 inch vertical and has plenty tenacity to cover taller opponents.  Don’t believe me? Check out his outrageous put-back dunk and emphatic rejection:

Power Forward

Think the team is slightly unfair already? Wait ‘til you hear this: My starting power forward held basketball offers from Auburn, UCONN, and USC.  Tight End Mavin Saunders is 6’5” and a superb rebounder.  In high school, he was praised for his warrior-like mentality and tireless defense.  

Center

Now that my team is stacked with athleticism, I can afford to put a bruiser down low.  The center of this squad is 6’8” and nearly 300 pounds.  Brock Ruble, who played basketball in high school and plays pick up games during his free time in Tallahassee, will anchor this team and use his big body to secure rebounds and protect the paint.

Ryan Stalder
Football Writer and Baseball Writer; Student at Wake Forest University; Twitter: @RyanStalder12

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