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Naseem Khaalid decommits from Florida State

The Florida State men’s basketball team will have just two scholarship seniors on the roster in 2019, Trent Forrest and grad-transfer Dominik Olejniczak. Barring any other losses, the Seminoles are projected to have just two open spots for the 2020 recruiting cycle. One of those spots is currently filled by four-star forward Malachi Wideman, who will play both football and basketball at FSU, the other is open again following the recent decommitment of four-star point guard Naseem Khaalid.

Khaalid backed off of his pledge to the ‘Noles prior to his senior season at West Oaks Academy. He originally had committed to head coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff back in October of 2017.

The Jacksonville native had a strange junior season that saw him leave First Coast High School for Legacy Early College in South Carolina before returning to First Coast High School. He then left First Coast again and is currently playing at West Oaks Academy. Khaalid averaged 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.1 steals as a junior. He shot a prep career-low 39% from the field and 26% from three-point range in seven games. For his high school career, Khaalid has averaged 17.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1.5 steals on 47% shooting from the field, 38% from deep, and 64% from the line in 42 games.

Since he committed to FSU so early in his career, his recruitment has been mostly under the radar. As of now, 247 and Rivals report Khaalid to have offers from North Florida, Rutgers, Stetson, and UNLV. You can bet his suitors will begin to rise now that he has reopened things. The 6-foot-2 guard is ranked as the No. 65 overall prospect, the No. 8 point guard, and the No. 6 player in the state of Florida by the 247Sports Composite Rankings.


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