FSU Basketball pursuing two transfers

With five seniors graduating and Mfiondu Kabengele moving onto the NBA, the Florida State men’s basketball team will have to replace at least six players in 2019. That number could grow even more if a current Seminole decides to transfer this offseason. Leonard Hamilton and his staff have already signed five players in the 2019 recruiting cycle, though they may encourage JUCO signee Nathanael Jack to look elsewhere, that remains to be seen.

With at least one open spot left on the roster, the coaching staff has contacted a pair of transfers: Ole Miss grad-transfer Dominik Olejniczak and Villanova guard Jahvon Quinerly.

Olejniczak is reportedly visiting Florida State this week. He started his career at Drake before transferring to Ole Miss and now it looks like the Poland native is on the move again. Olejniczak has already trimmed his list down to the ‘Noles and Charlotte. If his visit goes well, you’d have to think he’d end up in Tallahassee. The move is slightly puzzling because the 7-foot center averaged just 5.3 points and 3 rebounds per game while shooting 57.5% from the field for the Rebels in 2018-19. However, it’s clear that the weakest position on this team is at center following the departures of Christ Koumadje and Mfiondu Kabengele.

FSU has signed two centers in the 2019 class, four-star Balsa Koprivica and three-star Naheem McLeod, but the coaching staff must feel like they need an experienced player down in the paint. Olejniczak certainly has experience, appearing in 95 games over his college career.

Hamilton and his staff have also reached out to Jahvon Quinerly, who will have to sit out next season following his transfer from Villanova as a true freshman. Quinerly came to Nova as a five-star recruit though he struggled to break into the rotation. The 6-foot-1 point guard averaged just 3.2 points over 9.1 minutes per game as he simply couldn’t find a rhythm in coach Jay Wright’s system.

Quinerly could wind up being Trent Forrest’s replacement at point guard in 2020 if he selects the Seminoles. He was a lethal scorer with the ability to get his teammates involved in the offense during his prep career, shooting 48% from deep and dishing out 5.8 assists as a senior. The hope is that Quinerly can find his five-star talent again in the right system following a disappointing true freshman season.

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