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Anthony Polite: The players were there for me

Anthony Polite is a three-star guard out of Saint Andrews High School. Polite was born and raised in Switzerland, he recently came to the United States during his prep career. He is a legacy recruit and is the son of Michael Polite, who played Basketball at Florida State from 1987-91.

Polite averaged 19.1 points, 11.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 2.4 steals over 26 games during his senior season which culminated with him being named small-schools basketball player of the year. He is expected to make an early impact at the guard position, especially with his ability to score. Polite averaged 19.8 points per game over his career and leaves Saint Andrews with 1545 points. His percentages were definitely encouraging, as Polite’s career percentages sit at 59% from the field and 39% from the three-point line.

Polite’s length and versatility will help him become a mismatch at the two in college. If his ability to score and shoot at high percentages can translate to the next level, he has a chance to become an offensive nightmare for defenses. 

Check out my full interview with Anthony below! Polite is (currently) the fifth and final member of the 2017 class that we got a chance to interview.

You can view my interview with Bryan Trimble here, RaiQuan Gray here, Wyatt Wilkes here, and Ikechukwu Obiagu here.

NoleGameday: You’re ranked as one of the best players in Florida. What went into your decision to sign with FSU?

Anthony Polite: “I narrowed it down to UM (Miami) and FSU. When I visited both schools I just felt more comfortable at FSU. The players were there for me and I feel a lot more comfortable.”

NoleGameday: I talked to Wyatt Wilkes yesterday and he said you two went at it in AAU ball and had some good battles. What kind of relationships do you have with the guys in the 2017 class?

Polite: “I know them all pretty well. I play with RaiQuan in AAU. I’ve played against Wyatt multiple times and it’s great competition. Bryan Trimble, I have a friend in the same academy as he was, and we text each other. Ikey is the guy I talk the least to, but we still talk.”

NoleGameday: What would you say is your most college-ready skill?

Polite: “My body. I’ve been working really hard and I think I’ll be able to adjust to the speed of the game quickly.”

NoleGameday: How tough was your transition from Switzerland to the United States?

Polite: “Yeah, I didn’t speak that well of English. I’m still getting better, that was one of the biggest things. School, I’ve had some trouble, but I’m getting better and have around a 3.3 GPA. Basketball is definitely different, here it’s a lot more physical and fast.”

NoleGameDay: Who on the team are you most excited to play with next year?

Polite: “Everybody. They all made it to the tournament and all had an impact on the team. I’m just happy to be up there with everybody.”

NoleGameday: What kinds of things are you working on refining before you get to Florida State?

Polite: “Just some little things. My shot, ball handling, and defense. I’m working on coming off the screen, pick and roll.”

NoleGameday: What will you be studying at FSU?

Polite: “International Business.”

NoleGameday: Do you have any goals or things you want to achieve during your freshman season?

Polite: “Nah, just going up there and play as hard as I can. Earning playing time and having fun.”

 

Dustin Lewis

Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in English Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Writer for FSView Sports and Hashtag Basketball.



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