Quincy Ballard Commits to FSU

After the departures of Devin Vassell and Patrick Williams to the NBA Draft, as well as Naheem McLeod reclassifying to the 2021 class, Florida State was left with three open scholarship spots for the 2020/21 season. They have filled one of those spots this afternoon with the commitment of Quincy Ballard, a 7-foot-0 center from Quality Education Academy in Winston Salem, NC. He is originally from Syracuse, NY.

Ballard has seen his stock rise the past few weeks, starting with the Florida State offer on April 4th. Before that, his only offers were UNC Wilmington, UNC Asheville, Missouri State, Radford, and South Carolina Upstate. Since the Florida State offer, Maryland, Cincinnati, NC State, and Syracuse have offered as well. As commitment time got closer, he cut his list to Florida State, Maryland, and Syracuse.

The signing period begins April 15 and Florida State is looking to finalize its roster over the next couple of weeks.

Ballard is an extremely long and athletic big man, but he’s also extremely raw as a prospect. Last season he averaged about 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 blocks per game on a team that didn’t really feature him offensively, and ran mostly a 2-3 zone on defense. He’ll likely have to redshirt his first season, but he’s got all the potential in the world as a rim running and shot-blocking big man. With his athleticism, he should be able to switch out onto the perimeter as well, something Florida State had success with this past season.

Given his experience with the 2-3 zone as well as being from Syracuse, I was expecting Ballard to land with the Orange up until midway through Friday when a few people in the Syracuse media said they would be surprised if he ended up with Coach Boeheim. Instead, he chooses to go with Leonard Hamilton and a staff that has an extensive history of developing big men.

His recruitment is eerily similar to another late addition project of recent memory: Mfiondu Kabengele. They both ended up transferring for more exposure, and both received minimal offers before FSU swoops in and teams follow suit. For Kabengele, he had just a Binghamton offer until FSU came in, then Georgia, Boston College, and Saint Louis offered soon after. He redshirted his first season before becoming an extremely impactful player on both ends of the floor for the Seminoles and was taken in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Florida State should be finalizing their roster soon, and they’ve got their eyes on a few more developmental guys, some guys that will potentially reclassify, and a couple of transfers.

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