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Devin Vassell: I’m 100% to Florida State

After a successful 2017 class, Florida State’s momentum on the recruiting trail has not slowed down. The Seminoles recently landed their first commitment of the 2018 class from guard Devin Vassell. The 6’4” Vassell is currently rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals, and his stock should rise throughout the course of his senior season. He plays at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA.

Vassell was offered by FSU as recently as April 19 before deciding to announce his commitment on May 2. He is a high-level shooter who boasts an accurate and repeatable stroke with a quick release. He also gets good leverage on his jumper. After watching some of his film, Vassell seems to show solid athleticism and awareness. He threw down multiple dunks from around the baseline and inside the paint with ease. Vassell is a physical player who showed an uncanny ability to finish through contact. In his senior season, I think Vassell needs to show more of how he can create for others.

Devin told me that he’s been a big fan of Florida State basketball since he started high school, and that hasn’t changed. Vassell should be visiting the campus some time in June. With his commitment, FSU will likely look to sign only one other player in the 2018 class.

Check out my full interview with Devin below! You can find my interviews with the 2017 FSU basketball recruiting class linked at the bottom of this article.

NoleGameday: In early May you committed to Florida State. What went into that decision?

Devin Vassell: “Just the feeling that I was at home for Florida State. And coach Young has been pushing for me, he has made me feel like I can be a great player. It’s really close to home, it’s only like four or five hours, my parents want to see games.”

NoleGameday: What set FSU apart from other colleges in your eyes?

Vassell: “They are definitely the highest level offer I have. At the same time, I felt like they just really cared about who I am, what I could be, and everything.”

NoleGameday: Would you say your recruitment is shut down or do you still want to take visits to other schools?

Vassell: “I’m 100% to Florida State. I haven’t thought about it a lot yet, but I probably will sign early.”

NoleGameday: FSU will probably look to sign about two players in the 2018 class. With you currently being one of them, have you tried to talk about FSU with any other prospects in your class?

Vassell: “I haven’t, I’m really under the radar right now. A lot of the people that have all these offers they probably don’t know about me. But they will soon.”

NoleGameday: You still have an entire senior season to play before your move to college. Are you working on anything specific before your final season in high school?

Vassell: “Yeah, I’m trying to become a lockdown defender, that’s probably my number one goal right now. My high school goal is to get to 1,000 career points, which I feel like I can reach. And, I wanna win state. That’s the biggest goal right now, to win state.”

NoleGameday: As a junior, you led your team in scoring with 13 points per game. Do you feel like you’ll be able to take another step forward on offense as a senior?

Vassell: “Oh yeah, I feel like I can lead my scoring, assists, rebounds, I’m going to try to do it all and just show the talent that I have.”

NoleGameDay: Offensively, the Seminoles became more of an up-tempo team and thrived in transition last season. It really feels like Coach Hamilton and staff are looking for the kinds of guys who can get out and run in transition to score easy baskets on breaks. How do you feel like the system fits you?

Vassell: “I feel that system is great and really fits my game. Once I get out on the break, it’s hard to stop. I feel like I can help the team with that.”

NoleGameday: What kinds of relationships, if any, do you have with the current guys on FSU’s roster?

Vassell: “I don’t have many relationships. When I committed Jonathan Isaac shouted me out, so that was pretty big to me. I know when I go down there I’m going to be able to build a bond with everybody.”

NoleGameday: Have you made a decision on what you would like to pursue academically at Florida State?  

Vassell: “No, I think about it like every day. It’s really a lot.”

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

Vassell: “I’d say right now it’s shooting. I’ve been working on my shot since I was young.”

 

Interviews with the 2017 FSU Basketball recruiting class:

Ikechukwu Obiagu

RaiQuan Gray

Wyatt Wilkes

Anthony Polite

Bryan Trimble

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

One Comment

  1. David Lafontant

    May 19, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    This is great! I love the passion. Best wishes on your senior year!

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