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Williams, Koprivica make final ESPN 100 for 2019 class

The Florida State men’s basketball team hasn’t had too many problems bringing in high-level talent over the past few years and that looks like it will continue in 2019. Two of the Seminoles five signees were listed in the final ESPN 100 for the 2019 class, forward Patrick Williams and center Balsa Koprivica.

Williams slots in at No. 27 in the top 100, just two spots out of a five-star ranking. He’s the sixth-ranked small forward in the class and earned that distinction with his all-around play. Williams averaged 22.1 points, 9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.9 steals, and 2.8 blocks per game as a senior. He scored over 1700 points during his high school career and never shot under 40% from distance. He’s expected to compete for a starting spot as a true freshman.

Koprivica was ranked as the No. 47 overall prospect and the No. 12 center in the 2019 class. His ranking makes sense because he’s a little raw and will need some work with big man magician Stan Jones. The top assistant coach on the staff, Jones was instrumental with the development of players like Solomon Alabi, Boris Bojanovsky, Michael Ojo, and Christ Koumadje during his time in Tallahassee. Koprivica has a lot of potential if it can be realized. He averaged 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game at the Peach Invitational last July. The 7-foot-1 center also shot a blistering 67.6% at the tournament. Expect him to be among the rotation during his first year in Tallahassee with the chance to earn a starting spot depending on if Florida State lands a grad-transfer at center.

Some other notables names who made the list that Florida State pursued in 2019 includes No. 1 James Wiseman, No. 4 Anthony Edwards, No. 16 Precious Achiuwa, No. 18 Trendon Watford, No. 30 Rocket Watts, No. 41 Omar Payne, No. 46 Kofi Cockburn, No. 59 Akok Akok, and No. 89 Terrence Shannon Jr.


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