Naheem McLeod to Return to FSU in 2021

Before the 2019-20 season, Naheem McLeod was declared ineligible in September and spent the last year away from the team. There had been no news on his status or why he was ineligible up to this point, and it was assumed there were academic issues.

Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com tweeted Friday morning that McLeod is currently enrolled at Chipola College, a small school of about 1,500 students located in Marianna, FL, where he will play one season before heading back to Florida State.

McLeod, the 7’3″ and 230-pound center from Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, was the 197th player in the 2019 recruiting class, according to the 247 composite ratings, and has a very interesting skill set being able to stretch the floor and shoot from distance while defending the rim. His year at Chipola will essentially be another redshirt year where he will get a chance to grow his game and mature while getting his academics in order.

He was not able to be around the team much last season, but could still be spotted at games. With him not returning until 2021, it’s likely Florida State will look to the graduate transfer market to get a third big with one of the three scholarship spots they have remaining.

Coach Leonard Hamilton said in an interview that the roster should be finalized over the next 2-3 weeks, and the signing period begins April 15; we should be getting some news on players very soon.

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