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Florida State Basketball prepares for preseason trip

The Florida State Seminoles Men’s Basketball team will embark on a preseason trip to Jamaica this weekend. The `Noles will be using this visit to the Caribbean to build team chemistry and play against foreign competition. FSU hasn’t released complete details on the exhibition matchups.

The NCAA allows teams to make an international trip once every four seasons. The Seminoles have previously had teams that traveled to Greece (2013), Spain (2009), and Italy (2005).

FSU returns 8 scholarship players (Terance Mann, CJ Walker, Trent Forrest, PJ Savoy, Braian Angola-Rodas, Phil Cofer, Mfiondu Kabengele, and Christ Koumadje) and have added five freshman via the 2017 recruiting class (MJ Walker, Ikechukwu Obiagu, Wyatt Wilkes, RaiQuan Gray, and Anthony Polite). The `Noles boast a lot of talent but none of the current players on the roster have had to carry the load at the collegiate level. The returners played mostly supplemental roles on offense behind Dwayne Bacon, Jonathan Isaac, and Xavier Rathan-Mayes. The team also has to replace graduated seniors Michael Ojo and Jarquez Smith in the front court.

This trip will allow the players to gel and play basketball in a different environment. Hopefully they can come together and begin to develop an identity for the 2017-18 season. Florida State has an outside shot to land in the preseason top-25.

Look out for the Seminoles to release their schedule for the upcoming season later this month.

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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