Florida State Basketball Offseason Notes

The Florida State Men’s Basketball team likely finalized their roster for the 2017-18 season when they announced that Bryan Trimble Jr. would be released from his letter of intent.

Trimble signed with the Seminoles in November and was the first commitment of the 2017 class. Reports say he is expected to visit St. John’s, which would be a good landing spot for him considering how late in the cycle he was released from his letter of intent. We interviewed Trimble in April and he expressed how happy he was to be with Florida State and also said that he talked with the other signees pretty much every day. I know how bad he wanted to wear garnet and gold, so I hope Trimble can have success elsewhere.

FSU had to make one scholarship available after landing five-star shooting guard MJ Walker on May 24. Walker could instantly make an impact at the college level with his ability to score. He averaged 27.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Walker is ranked as the number 26 overall player and the fourth best shooting guard in the nation by the 247 Composite rankings.

Walker is the top ranked player in Florida State’s recruiting class, which currently ranks as top-15 in the country.  He joins signees Ikey Obiagu, RaiQuan Gray, Wyatt Wilkes, and Anthony Polite. The Noles also return Terance Mann, Trent Forrest, CJ Walker, Braian Angola-Rodas, PJ Savoy, Phil Cofer, Christ Koumadje, and Mfiondu Kabengele. The Seminoles boast a lot of young talent while also bringing in five new players, it will be a lot of fun watching them grow.

On the NBA Draft front, Dwayne Bacon seems to be intriguing a lot of teams with his body and scoring. He recently visited the Utah Jazz and has also previously been in contact with the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, and Indiana Pacers. Bacon’s defense continues to be an area that teams are picking apart, so he’ll want to start showing improvements in that area. He’ll never become the player he talks about wanting to become unless he starts showing a complete effort on both ends of the court.

In fact, the Utah Jazz’s vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin criticized Bacon’s defense and conditioning.

“I thought the altitude got to Dwayne a little bit,” Perrin said. “He could’ve been in better shape. But he’s a really good player.”

“I think he can defend better than what he showed,” Perrin said. “But I think everyone can do that.”

Jonathan Isaac recently participated in a one-on-one exhibition for the Boston Celtics in Las Vegas. He was pitted up against former Louisiana Tech bigman Erik McCree. The Celtics are doing their due diligence with draft prospects, but they are leaning towards selecting Markelle Fultz with the top selection. Isaac could be in consideration for Boston if they trade down. Isaac will likely only work out for teams that have selections towards the top of the draft.

Michael Ojo is also getting his shot amongst NBA teams. He has worked out for the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers. Ojo won’t be drafted, but if he impresses a team during a work out then he could get an invite to an NBA Summer League roster. It’s a long shot, but never count the big guy out.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes is also trying to prolong his basketball career after declaring early for the draft. He has worked out for the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers. XRM is currently not projected to be drafted but he could also earn an NBA Summer League invite if he is impressive during workouts.

Dustin Lewis
Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Staff Writer for the FSView and contributor for Celtics Hub.

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