Florida State Men's Basketball - 2017-18 Year In Review

Florida State Men's Basketball - 2017-18 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Leonard Hamilton, Head Coach
Michael Bradley, Strength and Conditioning
Dennis Gates, Assistant Coach
Stan Jones, Associate Head Coach
Jacob Ridenhour, Director of Operations
Charlton Young, Assistant Coach

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2017-18 FSU Basketball Media Guide


2018 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Raiquan Gray, 6-8, 250, F, Fort Lauderdale - “Raiquan Gray is a versatile forward who is equally at ease leading the fast break as he is banging down low and doing the dirty work on the glass. He is a capable scorer from all three levels and can be a matchup nightmare for opposing teams thanks to his size and passing abilities. On the defensive side of the ball, Gray is a solid shot blocker due to his long arms and timing,” said Sterling Thomas of The Runner Sports. ON GRAY: A very versatile player around the basket on both ends of the court…is a playmaker who handles the basketball and makes shots on offense and is a space eater who blocks shots and rebounds well on defense…his game is often compared to that of Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors…can effectively play both the small and power forward positions…ranked as the 20th best power forward in the country according to ESPN…ranked the 5th best in the state of Florida according to ESPN…helped lead Dillard to consecutive state championship titles in 2016 and 2017 as a junior and a senior…totaled a double double of 16 points and 11 rebounds in Dillard’s 2017 Class 7A State championship clinching 75-53 win over Edgewater…played in the 23rd annual Dade-Broward All-Star game in 2017…a member of the Florida Vipers AAU team with fellow FSU teammate Anthony Polite…averaged 10.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists while playing on the Under Armour circuit during the summer prior to his senior season…helped the Vipors to the Final Four of the Las Vegas Feb 48 Tournament in Las Vegas. AT DILLARD: Graduated from Dillard High School in 2017…as a senior he led Dillard to a 28-5 record overall while averaging a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds…helped the Panthers finish 28-4 and nationally ranked 20th by MaxPreps…was recognized by MaxPreps as a part of the Tour of Champions nationally ranked teams…was selected as a member of the 2016 and 2017 All-Broward County First-Team by the Miami Herald…Dillard was ranked 20th nationally in the final high school ranking by Max Preps…scored 21 points to lead Dillard past St. Raymond (Bronx, N.Y.) in the Kruel Classic Elite Championship…was named to the All-Tournament team in the event as he led Dillard to the team championship…averaged 16.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a junior…helped Dillard to a 28-5 record and the Class 6A state title as a junior in 2016…totaled nine points and 10 rebounds in the championship game victory over Largo High School for the sixth championship in school history…earned All-State Class 6A First Team honors as a junior. PERSONAL: Born April 7, 1999…Raiquan is the son of Valerie Gray…Chose Florida State and Leonard Hamilton over Baylor, Miami, Florida, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Memphis.

Ike Obiagu, 7-0, 240, C, Abuja, Nigeria - PRONOUNCED: Ee-K-chu-ku O-bee-ah-gu “Ikechukwu Obiagu is super mobile and can get up and down the floor with ease. He rebounds outside of his area very well. He’s also a game changing shot blocker. He will finish anything you put around the rim whether it be a lob or a put back,” said the recruiting experts of SB Nation… An incredibly long and athletic player who is considered to be one of the top shot blockers in the incoming class of high school athletes…has an incredible ability to utilize his length, athleticism and his timing as well as any shot blockers in the country…has the ability to become a dominant scorer in the paint…the No. 4 ranked center and the No. 47 overall prep prospect in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports…arguably the best shot blocker in the Class of 2017 and is often compared to four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo – the uncle of teammate Mfiondu Kabegnele…one of the highest regarded centers in this year’s recruiting class…ranked as the 56th best recruit in the nation and third best at his position in the nation by ESPN.com…consensus top 10 recruit out of the state of Georgia… joins RaiQuan Gray, Wyatt Wilkes, Anthony Polite, and Bryan Trimble as a part of this 2016-2017 nationally ranked recruiting class…one of the most highly sought after members of the class of 2017…selected to play at the Nike Hoops Summit for the World team where he would finish with three rebounds and two blocks…participated in Georgia Stars 16U Peach Jam Championship team in 2015. AT GREENFOREST ACADEMY: Graduated from Greenforest Christian Academy in 2017…earned All-State First Team Honors by the Atlanta Journal Constitution for Class A in the state of Georgia as a senior in 2017…a four-year member of the Eagles’ varsity…totaled 330 blocked shots during his final two seasons at Greenforest (201 as a senior and 129 as a junior)…averaged 8.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.2 blocked shots as a senior…201 blocked shots as a senior with 11 coming in back to back games against Our Lady of Mercy and Bishop McNamara and 10 coming against Memphis East, Holy Innocents Episcopal and St. Francis…posted two triple-doubles and eight double-doubles during his senior year at Greenforest…the Eagles’ Player of the Game six times as a senior…highest scoring game as he posted 17 points against Mountain View… season high for rebounds was 14, which he accomplished on three separate occasions over his senior year…14 rebounds came against Holy Spirit Prep, North Clayton and Dre Charter School…his best overall game he scored 11 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked 11 shots against Our Lady of Mercy…posted 266 rebounds and 201 blocks in total during his senior year… led his high school men’s basketball team to the 2017 class A-Private State Championship where they would be victorious…averaged 8.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6.8 blocked shots in 19 games as a junior at Greenforest…led Greenforest to a 27-5 record, ranking as the seventh best boy’s high school basketball team in the state of Georgia as a junior…season high 17 points came against Drew Charter School…a double-double of 17 points and a season-high 16 rebounds against Drew…three double-doubles as a junior…totaled an incredible 20 blocked shots in Greenforest’s victory over Our Lady of Mercy on February 23, 2016…at least six blocked shots in 15 of the 19 games he played in as a junior…led the Eagles to the Class A Private School state championship and a 31-2 record as a junior in 2016…played in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit – the second consecutive Seminole (Jonathan Isaac in 2016) to play in the event…totaled three rebounds and two blocked shots while playing for the World Team…a member of the Georgia Stars AAU team…blocked an incredible 11 shots and pulled down nine rebounds in a Stars’ victory in the 2016 Peach Jam. PERSONAL: Born on June 27, 1998…lives with a guardian while his parents remain in his native home of Nigeria…has a wingspan of 7-4…participated in the Nike Basketball Academy in 2015…selected Florida State over Baylor, Florida, Maryland, Arizona, Butler, NC State, Georgia Tech and Long Beach State.

Anthony Polite, 6-6, 210, G, Lugano, Switzerland - “Anthony Polite is a player that all his teammates are going to love playing with. I don’t think you can say that about everybody. I guarantee within a couple weeks, if they play a pickup game and two guys are captains, Anthony will be the first pick,” said St. Andrew’s Head Coach John O’Connell. ON POLITE: Can effectively play all three perimeter positions…with his great height on the perimeter he has great vision when leading a team and is at his best when the ball is in his hands…is tough with excellent playmaking skills…left-handed…a hard-nose, tough wing who can score, rebound and play defense…ranked as the 40th best shooting guard in the country and the 18th best in the state of Florida according to 247 sports…was named the 2016 Small School Player of the Year in Palm Beach County by the Palm Beach Post…played for the Florida Vipers Under Armour team that went to the semifinals of the Las Vegas 48 tournament…averaged 12 points, six rebounds and two assists over four games while shooting 51% for the Vipers…played with fellow FSU teammate Raiquan Gray…regarded as a very effective scorer that is efficient from inside and outside the arc. AT ST. ANDREW'S CHRISTIAN SCHOOL:Graduated from St. Andrew’s Christian School in 2017… averaged a double-double of 19.1 points and 11.7 rebounds to go along with 4.6 assists and 2.4 steals in 26 games while leading St. Andrew’s to a regional semifinal…scored 24 points in the semifinal loss…in the quarterfinals made a late layup to give St. Andrew’s the lead and the victory…finished his high school career with 1545 points…shot an astounding .590 percent from the field and .390 percent from the 3-point line…named the 2017 All-Palm Beach 6A-1A Basketball Player of the Year as he helped St. Andrew’s win a district title…St. Andrew’s finished the season with a 25-3 record…served as the team captain at St. Andrew’s his senior season…led St. Andrew’s to a 51-5 record during his junior and senior seasons…as a junior averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game…led St. Andrew’s to the 4A regional championship game and a 26-2 record…named to the Class 4A-1A All-State First-Team…averaged 18.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore in leading St. Andrew’s to an 18-8 season…led his team to the district championship game…led St. Andrew’s to a 14-7 record during his freshman season…St. Andrew’s finished the regular season with a 21-1 record, their only loss coming to Oxbridge Academy at the MLK classic…the Scots topped Coral Springs Charter to win their first district title and defeated Calvary Christian in the regional quarterfinals…led St. Andrew’s to a victory over Chaminade to send St. Andrew’s to the district championship game…a member of the St. Andrew’s varsity all four years of high school…named as the St. Andrew’s Player of the Year as both a junior and senior…named the St. Andrew’s Player of the Game 18 times as both a junior and senior. PERSONAL: Born June 21, 1997…Anthony is the son of Michael Polite…his father, Michael Polite, played for the Seminoles in 1988-91 and in 99 games averaged 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds…born in Switzerland in 1997 while his father was playing professionally…moved to the United States when he was 15 for his freshman season…played soccer for four years before deciding to concentrate on basketball…selected Florida State over Duke, Miami, Pitt, Virginia Tech and Southern Cal.

MJ Walker, 6-5, 205, G, Jonesboro, GA - “M.J. Walker is an athletic 6’5” two-way wing, who is an explosive scorer at all three levels. When he does penetrate or operate in transition, he’s easily able to finish through contact and is an excellent free throw shooter. He’s got good size for a shooting guard and a college-ready body. Walker has a high basketball IQ and is a very effective passer for a wing. Defensively, he tries to impose his relatively strong physique on his man. He has active hands, which he uses to generate steals in the passing lanes. Walker is very good for a wing at controlling the defensive glass,” said Andrew Slater of 247sports. 2017 McDonald’s All-American who averaged 27.8 points and 6.5 rebounds as a senior at Jonesboro (Ga.) high school…the 12th McDonald’s All-American to sign with Florida State and the fifth (Walker, Dwayne Bacon (2015), Michael Snaer (2009), Chris Singleton (2008) and Von Wafer (2003) to sign with Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff… ranked as the No. 8 prep prospect by ESPN.com…the No. 1 ranked shooting guard as a high school senior in 2017…the nation’s 22nd best prep player according to 247Sports.com…ranked as the No. 28 overall player and the No. 4 shooting guard in the class of 2017 by ScoutHoops…one of the most coveted shooting guards in America as a prep senior…possesses the ability to pull up and shoot and creates his own shot with ease…plays under control and is very fluid in his movements…competed in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American game, the Nike Hoops Summit and the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic following his senior season at Jonesboro…a featured player as a member of the winning West squad at the McDonald’s All-American game where he totaled four rebounds and four assists…presented with the Jack Daly Sportsmanship Award – given to the player who exhibits the best sportsmanship during the week of the McDonald’s All-Star game…a member of the 2017 U.S. Junior Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit where he scored two points and added one assist in helping the U.S. Select team to a 98-87 victory at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon…helped the United States win a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship during the Summer of 2016…the event was played in Valdivia, Chile…his decision to attend Florida State moved the Seminoles’ recruiting class into the nation’s top 12 and into the ACC’s top four according to Rivals.com…participated in the Steph Curry SC30 Select Camp prior to his junior season…credits Curry with helping him understand the game better…his athleticism helped him earn football scholarship offers from Clemson, Miami (Fla.) and Michigan…was an outstanding dual threat athlete as a free safety and as a wide receiver…earned football scholarship offers despite finishing his football career following his sophomore season. AT JONESBORO: Graduated from Jonesboro High School in 2017…named the 6A Player of the Year in the State of Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as he averaged 27.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a senior…led Jonesboro to a 23-6 overall record as a senior…named to the USA Today All-USA Second-Team in 2016…led Jonesboro to its first-ever state championship as a freshman and as a sophomore…led Jonesboro back to the state championship game as a junior…scored a junior season-high 39 points against Bishop Gorman in leading Jonesboro to the state championship title game for the third consecutive season…averaged 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as a junior…named the Player of the Year as a sophomore by the Clayton Daily News in leading Jonesboro to the Class 4A State Championship for the second consecutive season…averaged 17.3 pints as a sophomore…scored 30 points in Jonesboro’s state championship semifinal win over Liberty County and scored 22 points in the Cardinals’ state title-clinching win over Carrollton…a member of the Atlanta Xpress on the Under Armour AAU circuit…showcased his ability in Indianapolis prior to his senior season as he scored 31 points against New Heights and totaled 26 against the Earl Watson elite…attended the same high school as former Florida State star Toney Douglas who earned All-ACC First Team Honors and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. PERSONAL: Born March 28, 1998…M.J. is the son of Jackie and James Walker…Jackie was a starter at Hampton from 1985-88 …the Pirates had earned a record of 119-13 during her career, capped by a 33-1 national championship winning team in 1988…James played at Norfolk State from 1986-89 where he led the Spartans to a 101-22 record and twice reached the Elite 8 of the NCAA Division II Tournament…a sister, Amoni, plays basketball at Miles College in Alabama….lists LeBron James as his favorite athlete…selected Florida State over Georgia Tech, Ohio State, UCLA, Virginia Tech and NC State.

Wyatt Wilkes, 6-8, 210, F, Orlando - “The 6-foot-7 forward possesses a unique game. He uses angles, ball fakes, pace and athleticism to get where he wants off the dribble. His shot is probably his best attribute as he’s capable of hitting contested jumpers, either spotting up or off the bounce,” said Dan McDonald of Rivals. A very versatile player and a strong perimeter defender as he often guards the opponents’ point guard…ranked as the nation’s 25th best power forward by 247sports…ranked as the 30th best power forward in the country according to ESPN.com…ranked the 16th best in the state of Florida according to 247 sports…Future150.com as he ranked as the 20th best small forward in the nation and the sixth best all-around player in the state of Florida…participated in the Nike Elite 100 camp during the summer prior to his junior season…played for the Southeast Elite AAU team in 2015 that won the 17-U Platinum division title…led CP25 Southeastern Elite to the team championship at the 2016 U17 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions,…averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the Nike Memorial Day Classic in 2016 to lead CP25. AT WINTER PARK: Graduated from Winter Park High School in 2017…earned All-State Class 8A Second Team honors as a senior…All-Area First Team selection in 2015 and 2016 by the Orlando Sentinel…averaged 17.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in his senior season… led Winter Park to the 8A state Championship Final Four with a 20-11 record…scored in double figures in 17 of his 31 games as a senior while scoring a season high 31 points in a win over Timber Creek…six double-doubles as a senior…totaled 28 points and eight rebounds against Windermere Prep as a senior…a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds came in a win over Clearwater…a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds came in a victory over Timber Creek…a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Apopka…a fourth double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds came in a win over Dr. Phillips…totaled 27 points in a win over Lake Nona…was a freshman starter for the Wildcats on their 2013-14 state championship team…earned a spot as a starter on the Winter Park varsity as a freshman and averaged in double figures (12.9 ppg in 114 career games) for his career…averaged 7.6 points as a freshman, 13.1 points as a sophomore, a career-high 17.1 points as a junior (totaled eight double-doubles as a junior) and 14.5 points as a senior…averaged 7.1 rebounds during his high school career with a career-high 8.5 rebounds per game coming during his junior season…totaled 1,474 points and 812 rebounds per game as a prep star. PERSONAL: Born April 9, 1999…Wyatt is the son of Kim and Glenn Wilkes. Jr.…his father is the legendary head women’s basketball coach at Rollins (Fla.) College…he is in his 32nd season at Rollins and is the winningest coach in Sunshine State Conference history…his mother was a four-time All-American basketball star at Rollins…is the grandson of National Basketball Hall of Famer and long-time Stetson coach Glenn Wilkes Sr. …the nephew of former Seminole assistant coach Rob Wilkes (2000-02)…received more than 20 Division I scholarship offers…selected Florida State over Duke, Kansas, Florida, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Missouri.


2018 Roster - By Name

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  40 Brandon Allen         F       6-6   209  Sr-R ***  Milton (Milton)
  11 Braian Angola-Rodas   G       6-6   195  Sr   *    Casanare, Colombia (Findlay College Prep/North Idaho College)
   0 Phil Cofer            F       6-8   128  Sr   ***  Fayetteville, GA (Whitewater)
   3 Trent Forrest         G       6-5   215  So   *    Chipley (Chipley)
   1 Raiquan Gray          F       6-8   250  Fr        Fort Lauderdale (Dillard)
  25 Mfiondu Kabengele     F       6-9   235  Fr-R      Burlington, Ontario, Canada (Don Bosco Prep)
  21 Christ Koumadje       C       7-4   233  Jr   **   N'Djamena, Chad (Montverde Academy)
  20 Travis Light          G       6-5   165  Fr-R      Vienna, VA (Montverde Academy)
  15 Justin Lindner        G       6-0   175  So        Memphis, TN (Christian Brothers)
  14 Terance Mann          G       6-6   204  Jr   **   Lowell, MA (Tilton School)
  33 Will Miles            F       6-6   220  Fr-R      Orlando (Trinity Prep)
  12 Ike Obiagu            C       7-0   240  Fr        Abuja, Nigeria (Greenforest Christian Academy)
  13 Anthony Polite        G       6-6   210  Fr        Lugano, Switzerland (Saint Andrews)
  35 Harrison Prieto       F       6-8   214  So        Mandeville, LA (Saint Paul's)
   5 PJ Savoy              G       6-4   200  Jr   *    Las Vegas, NV (Las Vegas/Sheridan College)
   2 CJ Walker             G       6-1   195  So   *    Indianapolis, IN (Arsenal Technical)
  23 MJ Walker             G       6-5   205  Fr        Jonesboro, GA (Jonesboro)
  31 Wyatt Wilkes          F       6-8   210  Fr        Orlando (Winter Park)

2018 Roster - By Number

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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   0 Phil Cofer            F       6-8   128  Sr   ***  Fayetteville, GA (Whitewater)
   1 Raiquan Gray          F       6-8   250  Fr        Fort Lauderdale (Dillard)
   2 CJ Walker             G       6-1   195  So   *    Indianapolis, IN (Arsenal Technical)
   3 Trent Forrest         G       6-5   215  So   *    Chipley (Chipley)
   5 PJ Savoy              G       6-4   200  Jr   *    Las Vegas, NV (Las Vegas/Sheridan College)
  11 Braian Angola-Rodas   G       6-6   195  Sr   *    Casanare, Colombia (Findlay College Prep/North Idaho College)
  12 Ike Obiagu            C       7-0   240  Fr        Abuja, Nigeria (Greenforest Christian Academy)
  13 Anthony Polite        G       6-6   210  Fr        Lugano, Switzerland (Saint Andrews)
  14 Terance Mann          G       6-6   204  Jr   **   Lowell, MA (Tilton School)
  15 Justin Lindner        G       6-0   175  So        Memphis, TN (Christian Brothers)
  20 Travis Light          G       6-5   165  Fr-R      Vienna, VA (Montverde Academy)
  21 Christ Koumadje       C       7-4   233  Jr   **   N'Djamena, Chad (Montverde Academy)
  23 MJ Walker             G       6-5   205  Fr        Jonesboro, GA (Jonesboro)
  25 Mfiondu Kabengele     F       6-9   235  Fr-R      Burlington, Ontario, Canada (Don Bosco Prep)
  31 Wyatt Wilkes          F       6-8   210  Fr        Orlando (Winter Park)
  33 Will Miles            F       6-6   220  Fr-R      Orlando (Trinity Prep)
  35 Harrison Prieto       F       6-8   214  So        Mandeville, LA (Saint Paul's)
  40 Brandon Allen         F       6-6   209  Sr-R ***  Milton (Milton)

3/22/2017 - Dwayne Bacon declared for the NBA draft.
3/23/2017 - Xavier Rathan-Mayes declared for the NBA draft.
3/24/2017 - Jonathan Isaac declared for the NBA draft.

2017-18 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
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Dwayne Bacon              7      G-F                Charlotte Hornets
Malik Beasley            25      G                  Denver Nuggets
Jonathan Isaac            1      F                  Orlando Magic
Okaro White              15      F                  Miami Heat

Noles in the Pros -  4

2018 Schedule and Results

             
GAME DAY
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
NCAA
NIT
FSU
AP
FSU
USA
OPP
AP
OPP
USA
AP
UPI
11/14
Ref
H
GEORGE WASHINGTON
W 87-67
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/17
Ref
N
FORDHAM
Jamaica Classic, Montego Bay, Jamaica
W 67-43
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/19
Ref
N
COLORADO STATE
Jamaica Classic, Montego Bay, Jamaica
W 90-73
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/22
Ref
H
KENNESAW STATE
W 98-79
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/24
 
H
CITADEL  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/28
 
A
RUTGERS
ACC/Big 10 Challenge
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/04
 
A
FLORIDA  
 
 
 
 
 
 
7
7
12/06
 
H
LOYOLA-MARYLAND  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/10
 
N
TULANE
Tampa, Fl
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/16
 
N
OKLAHOMA STATE
Orange Bowl Classic, Sunrise, Fl
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/18
 
H
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/21
 
H
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/30
 
A
DUKE  
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
1
01/03
 
H
NORTH CAROLINA  
 
 
 
 
 
 
9
9
01/07
 
A
MIAMI  
 
 
 
 
 
 
11
11
01/10
 
H
LOUISVILLE  
 
 
 
 
 
 
19
18
01/13
 
H
SYRACUSE  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
01/15
 
A
BOSTON COLLEGE  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
01/20
 
A
VIRGINIA TECH  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
01/24
 
H
GEORGIA TECH  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
01/27
 
H
MIAMI  
 
 
 
 
 
 
11
11
01/31
 
A
WAKE FOREST  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/03
 
A
LOUISVILLE  
 
 
 
 
 
 
19
18
02/07
 
H
VIRGINIA  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25
02/10
 
A
NOTRE DAME  
 
 
 
 
 
 
13
12
02/14
 
H
CLEMSON  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/18
 
H
PITTSBURGH  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/25
 
A
NORTH CAROLINA STATE  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/28
 
A
CLEMSON  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/03
 
H
BOSTON COLLEGE  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
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FSU RECORD IS     4- 0    2- 0    0- 0    2- 0

2017-18 - 30 Point Club

Name Date Opponent FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- None

2017-18 - 15 Rebound Club

Name Date Opponent O-REB D-REB TOTAL ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ None

2017-18 - 10 Assist Club

Name Date Opponent Assists ------------------------------------------------------------------ None

2017-18 EOY Stats

                                                --3 Point---                            ----REBOUNDS-----
Name                 GP GS  Min  FGM  FGA  PCT  FGM FGA  PCT  FTM FTA  PCT  PTS  AVG    OFF DEF  TOT  AVG  PF DQ  AST   TO  BLK  STL
====================================================================================================================================
Terance Mann          4  4  119   29   40 .725    2   8 .250    4   6 .667   64 16.0     11  11   22  5.5   4  0    9    9    0    4
Phil Cofer            4  4   92   20   33 .606    2   7 .286    9  11 .818   51 12.8     10  11   21  5.3   4  0    2    5    1    0
MJ Walker             4  0   88   15   30 .500   11  19 .579    4   5 .800   45 11.3      1   6    7  1.8  15  1    3    5    0    4
Mfiondu Kabengele     4  0   59   15   23 .652    2   4 .500    9  16 .563   41 10.3     10   9   19  4.8   8  0    4    4    0    3
Braian Angola-Rodas   4  1  101   16   31 .516    6  17 .353    3   6 .500   41 10.3      4  12   16  4.0   7  0   20    8    1    8
CJ Walker             4  4   97   10   28 .357    5  14 .357    8  10 .800   33  8.3      1  10   11  2.8   7      11    6    0    5
Christ Koumadje       3  3   51   10   17 .588    0   0 .000    1   2 .500   21  7.0      3  10   13  4.3   8  0    1    4   11    0
PJ Savoy              4  3   45    8   22 .364    5  19 .263    0   0 .000   21  5.3      0   2    2  0.5   5  0    4    3    0    3
Trent Forrest         3  0   64    4    8 .500    0   1 .000    2   5 .400   10  3.3      4  12   16  5.3   2      17    6    1    7
Ike Obiagu            4  1   40    3   12 .250    0   0 .000    1   6 .167    7  1.8      6   5   11  2.8  10  0    0    4    9    1
Brandon Allen         3  0   28    3    5 .600    0   2 .000    0   0 .000    6  2.0      0   2    2  0.7   4  0    3    0    0    0
Wyatt Wilkes          2  0    9    1    3 .333    0   2 .000    0   1 .000    2  1.0      0   0    0  0.0   0  0    0    3    0    1
Anthony Polite        1  0    4    0    0 .000    0   0 .000    0   0 .000    0  0.0      0   1    1  1.0   0  0    1    1    0    1
Justin Lindner        1  0    1    0    0 .000    0   0 .000    0   0 .000    0  0.0      0   0    0  0.0   0  0    0    0    0    0
Travis Light          1  0    1    0    1 .000    0   1 .000    0   0 .000    0  0.0      0   0    0  0.0   0  0    0    0    0    0
Will Miles            1  0    1    0    0 .000    0   0 .000    0   0 .000    0  0.0      0   0    0  0.0   0  0    0    0    0    0
Team                                                                                      2   4    6                      
====================================================================================================================================
FSU                   4          134  253 .530   33  94 .351   41  68 .603  342 85.5     52  95  147 36.8  74  1   75   58   23   37
Opp                   4           90  187 .481   26  90 .289   56  72 .778  262 65.5     52  80  132 33.0  66  1   42   77    7   27

2017-18 Game Stats

FLORIDA STATE 87, GEORGE WASHINGTON 67
11/14/2017, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Veterans, Newcomers Shine As FSU Men Overwhelm George Washington.

by Tim Linafelt, Senior Writer

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The new-look Florida State men’s basketball team looks just fine.

Terance Mann took to his new role as a veteran leader with 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Seminoles had five players score in double-figures on the way to an 87-67, season-opening victory over George Washington in front of 7,455 fans at the Tucker Center.

Christ Koumadje, the 7-foot-4 center, added a career-high 14 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, and senior Phil Cofer scored 15 for FSU, which is 1-0 for the 15th time in 16 seasons under coach Leonard Hamilton.

“I thought that we showed a lot of first-game jitters at the beginning of the game,” Hamilton said. “I saw a lot of things I liked. I thought our effort was good.”

Most teams should be so lucky to have these types of jitters.

Bolstered by Mann’s versatility and a confident, aggressive effort from Koumadje, FSU claimed a double-digit lead midway through the first half and kept the Colonials (1-1) comfortably at arm’s length the rest of the way.

The Seminoles shot better than 62 percent in the first 20 minutes, and they went into the break with 50 points despite not attempting a single free throw.

“We executed the game plan very well,” said senior guard Braian Angola, who had eight points and five assists. “The way we’re running, I’m very excited to see what we look like when we clean up some of the mistakes that we have, how we’re going to be.”

The Seminoles will get their next chance to do that on Friday, when they play Fordham at the Jamaica Classic in Montego Bay.

Not that there was much to nitpick from Tuesday’s performance. Aside from a slow start to the second half – during which the Colonials outscored FSU 13-5 to cut their deficit to 10 points – the Seminoles mostly overmatched their opponents.

FSU finished with advantages in rebounding (37-31), points in the paint (52-20) and fast-break points (14-2), and the Seminoles forced the Colonials into 19 turnovers.

While George Washington heated up a bit in the second half, their lineup turned out to be a bit top-heavy. Four players scored at least 10 points – led by 18 each from Terry Nolan Jr. and Jair Bolden – but no one else scored more than three.

GWU coach Maurice Joseph said Florida State had a lot to do with that.

“Their length and athleticism, you can’t replicate that with your walk-ons in practice,” he said. “It’s something that you’ve got to face.”

FSU got contributions from plenty of fresh faces, too.

Heralded freshman M.J. Walker made a fine first impression with 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting, including a 3-for-4 mark from 3-point range. Redshirt freshman Mfiondu Kabengele scored 10 in his debut and 7-foot freshman center Ike Obiagu made the most of his time on the floor with three blocks in just seven minutes.

“That shows a little bit of what (Obiagu) brings to the table from a physical standpoint,” Hamilton said. “Defensively, he’s going to be a factor in games.”

It all added up to what Hamilton believes could be a blueprint for success this season: Strong early efforts from veteran starters followed by a spark from young players coming off the bench.

If that sounds familiar, it should. The Seminoles last year built a reputation as one of the deepest teams in the country thanks to a talented group of reserves – affectionately dubbed “The Boom Squad” – that complemented the star trio of Dwayne Bacon, Jonathan Isaac and Xavier Rathan-Mayes.

Bacon, Isaac and Rathan-Mayes are gone, but the philosophy might still be in place.

“I think that’s kind of what we’re going to be all year long,” Hamilton said. “We’re going to have guys that have the ability to come in and make a difference in games.”

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 0 Phil Cofer            f  24   6   9    1    3   2   2  15      2    2   4  0   0  0   0   0
 2 CJ Walker             g  29   3   9    1    2   0   0   7      0    5   5  1   4  2   0   3
 5 PJ Savoy              g  13   1   5    0    4   0   0   2      0    1   1  1   2  0   0   0
14 Terance Mann          g  32   8  10    1    2   0   0  17      6    2   8  1   2  4   0   0
21 Christ Koumadje       c  21   7  11    0    0   0   0  14      1    6   7  4   0  2   5   0
11 Braian Angola-Rodas      23   3   6    2    5   0   0   8      0    0   0  2   5  2   0   2
12 Ike Obiagu                7   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      2    1   3  3   0  2   3   0
13 Anthony Polite            4   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   1  1   0   1
23 MJ Walker                18   4   5    3    4   1   2  12      0    3   3  2   2  2   0   1
25 Mfiondu Kabengele        17   5   9    0    0   0   0  10      2    0   2  1   1  1   0   1
31 Wyatt Wilkes              3   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
40 Brandon Allen             9   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    1   1  1   2  0   0   0
   Team                                                                2   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  38  68    8   21   3   4  87     13   24  37 16  19 16   8   8
   Opp                     200  24  63    7   26  12  14  67     15   16  31 11   6 19   0   7


  1 2 Total
GEORGE WASHINGTON
32
35
67
FLORIDA STATE
50
37
87
Attendance: 7,455

FLORIDA STATE 67, FORDHAM 43
11/17/2017, Jamaica Classic, Montego Bay, Jamaica

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Tops Fordham, 67-43, At Jamaica Classic.

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA – Redshirt freshman Mfiondu Kabengele scored 15 points and pulled down nine rebounds and junior Terance Mann scored 14 points and pulled down five rebounds to lead Florida State to a 67-43 victory over Fordham at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in the Jamaica Classic. Kabengele and Mann were the only two Seminoles in double figure scoring as the Seminoles utilized a suffocating defense that limited the Rams to 12 made field goals and a .231 field goal shooting percentage while blocking nine shots and recording 12 steals.

Florida State’s height advantage and ball-hawking defense was on display from the opening tip as they scored took their first double digit lead at 19-9 with 7:43 remaining in the first half. The Seminoles increased their lead to 20 at the 16:01 mark of the second half (40-20) and led by as many as 28 (50-22) with just over 10 minutes remaining.

“I was very pleased with our defensive intensity,” said Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton whose team improved to 2-0 for the third consecutive season. “I wasn’t as pleased with our offensive execution, but we are a work in progress and I really like the direction we are heading on the offensive end of the court. We still have a lot of work to do to reach our potential but I like the direction we are going.”

Playing in only his second career game, Kabengele scored in double figures for the second consecutive game. He scored 10 points in Florida State’s season-opening victory over George Washington on Tuesday in Tallahassee. Kabengele caught fire in the second half as he scored 10 of his 15 points as he took advantage of his size in the paint. He scored his second half points on a lay-up, a dunk, a 3-pointer and three free throws made.

The Seminoles also repeatedly took advantage of Christ Koumadje’s ability to reach high over the smaller Fordham lineup to score easy points. The 7-4 center scored seven points with all three of his field goals coming on thunderous dunks and picturesque assists from both senior Braian Angola and sophomore Trent Forrest.

Florida State hammered the Ram’s basket throughout the game with six dunks including three by Koumadje and one each by Mann, Kebengele and senior Phil Cofer.

While the Seminoles were performing well on the offensive end, it was the defensive effort that propelled them to a win in their first game against Fordham.

The Seminoles limited the Rams to 12 field goals in the game – six in each half while holding them to the fifth-best field goal shooting defense mark in school history. The Ram’s .231 mark from the field is tied for the fifth best in school history and is the best mark since holding George Washington to a .226 mark on Dec. 4, 2016 in a 67-48 win over the Colonials.

Florida State held Fordham to one of 22 made 3-point field goals made including successfully defending their final 16 long range shots of the night.

Florida State held the Rams to 18 first half points, 21 percent field goal shooting in the second half and totaled double digit steals for the second consecutive game. Led by Trent Forrest’s three steals, a total of seven Seminoles earned at least one steals. The Seminoles have 23 steals in the first two games of the season.

The Seminoles held the Rams to six points in the first 10:26 of the second half in extending their lead to 28 points. Fordham scored 25 second half points with more than half (13 of 25) coming from the free throw line.

“We are happy to get the win over a Fordham team that is going to do well in their league,” said Mann. “Everybody contributed and everybody played hard. We have a lot of work to do to become a complete team and this is a step forward in reaching our goals. We have to continue to compete as a team, listen to our coaches, follow our scouting reports and support each other, and we will continue to get better. That’s our goal – to get better every day and in every game we play.”

Fourteen players earned action for the Seminoles and 11 played at least 10 minutes in the victory. Only Mann, the Seminoles’ lone returning starter from their NCAA Tournament team a year ago, played more than 25 minutes against Fordham.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 0 Phil Cofer            f  17   2   5    0    2   5   7   9      0    2   2  2   0  2   0   0
 2 CJ Walker             g  22   1   3    0    2   1   2   3      0    3   3  3   3  2   0   0
 5 PJ Savoy              g  15   2   7    2    7   0   0   6      0    1   1  2   0  3   0   1
14 Terance Mann          g  26   7   9    0    2   0   0  14      1    4   5  0   1  2   0   2
21 Christ Koumadje       c  18   3   5    0    0   1   2   7      2    4   6  2   1  1   4   0
 3 Trent Forrest            21   1   1    0    0   0   3   2      2    4   6  1   5  3   1   3
11 Braian Angola-Rodas      22   2   7    2    5   1   2   7      1    3   4  1   3  2   0   2
12 Ike Obiagu               11   0   1    0    0   0   2   0      2    0   2  3   0  2   4   1
15 Justin Lindner            1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
20 Travis Light              1   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
23 MJ Walker                23   0   3    0    2   0   0   0      0    1   1  4   1  0   0   2
25 Mfiondu Kabengele        12   5   8    1    3   4   7  15      5    4   9  2   2  1   0   1
33 Will Miles                1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
40 Brandon Allen            10   2   2    0    0   0   0   4      0    0   0  2   1  0   0   0
   Team                                                                1   1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  25  52    5   24  12  25  67     13   27  40 22  17 18   9  12
   Opp                     200  12  52    1   22  18  25  43     14   23  37 19   3 23   2   8


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
35
32
67
FORDHAM
18
25
43

FLORIDA STATE 90, COLORADO STATE 73
11/19/2017, Jamaica Classic, Montego Bay, Jamaica

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Men Top Colorado State, 90-73, To Take Inaugural Jamaica Classic Title.

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA – Freshman M.J. Walker scored 22 points and junior Terance Mann added 20 to lead Florida State to a 90-73 victory over Colorado State in the championship game of the inaugural Jamaica Classic at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Walker made five 3-point shots and was a perfect three-of-three from the free throw line as Florida State ran its record to 3-0 on the season.

The Seminoles outscored the Rams by a 42-23 margin in the final 15:11 of the game to gain the win.

“I was pleased that these games (at the Jamaica Classic) gave us things that we can learn about ourselves,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “This team (Colorado State) showed us a Virginia-type defense where you really have to think and I think that challenged our inexperience.”

Colorado State, which trailed by a 47-36 margin at the break, outscored the Seminoles by a 14-1 score to open the second half. The early blitz by Colorado State gave the Rams a 50-48 lead with 15:11 remaining.

Florida State then righted itself and outscored the Rams by an 8-4 margin over the next 3:30 to take a 56-50 lead. Senior Brian Angola scored two baskets, Mann one and Walker one as the Seminoles took the lead for good.

The Seminoles extended their lead to 70-61 with 7:49 left and were comfortably ahead by an 80-67 margin with 3:32 left in the game.

Walker, playing in only his third career game, scored 14 points in the first half on four made 3-point shots and a free throw. He began his hot-shooting game at the 13:29 mark to put the Seminoles up 15-13. He extended FSU’s lead three more times in the first half including 30-21 on two long range shots within 1:38 of each other.

“Our defensive effort and execution stayed strong,” Hamilton said. “These types of games allow you to grow a little bit faster.”

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 0 Phil Cofer            f  23   3   8    0    1   0   0   6      4    2   6  1   0  2   0   0
 2 CJ Walker             g  23   2   7    2    5   5   6  11      0    2   2  2   1  1   0   0
 5 PJ Savoy              g   8   3   5    1    3   0   0   7      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   2
14 Terance Mann          g  34   8  12    0    1   4   6  20      4    5   9  2   4  3   0   0
21 Christ Koumadje       c  12   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  2   0  1   2   0
 3 Trent Forrest            20   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      0    4   4  1   6  2   0   3
11 Braian Angola-Rodas      31   4  10    0    4   1   3   9      0    5   5  3   8  2   0   4
12 Ike Obiagu                7   1   1    0    0   1   4   3      0    2   2  2   0  0   0   0
23 MJ Walker                27   7  12    5    8   3   3  22      0    1   1  5   0  2   0   1
25 Mfiondu Kabengele        15   4   4    1    1   3   5  12      1    3   4  1   1  1   0   0
   Team                                                                1   1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  32  62    9   23  17  27  90      9   25  34 19  20 14   2  10
   Opp                     200  26  20    9   24  12  16  73     11   26  37 23  18 22   4   6


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
47
43
90
COLORADO STATE
36
37
73

FLORIDA STATE 98, KENNESAW STATE 79
11/22/2017, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Cofer’s Big Day Leads Noles Past Kennesaw State.

by Tim Linafelt, Senior Writer

TALLAHASSEE, FL – After dealing with an ankle injury and a crowded depth chart in each of the last two seasons, Phil Cofer is thankful to just be back on the basketball court.

But when Cofer and his Florida State teammates pass the turkey and mashed potatoes tomorrow afternoon, the Seminoles might say a quick word of thanks for the senior’s performance against Kennesaw State, too.

Cofer matched a career high with 21 points and fell just one rebound short of a double-double as FSU raced past Kennesaw State, 98-79, in a Wednesday matinee at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

“It feels great to be back out there” Cofer said. “Just being out there with my brothers. This year, I’m trying to be a leader … I came a long way, injury-wise.”

Cofer scored the game’s first six points on the way to a 9-of-11 shooting effort, and his 28 minutes were the most since he logged 29 at NC State on Jan. 17, 2015.

And he did it from all over the floor – Cofer threw down a dunk and a handful of layups, was 2 for 2 from the free-throw line and even drained his only 3-point attempt.

“There’s really no limit to what Phil can do,” sophomore guard Trent Forrest said. “He can score, he can rebound. … It gives us a lot because he’s energetic, he causes mismatches on offense and defense and he can guard 1-through-5. It’s great having that versatility.”

Braian Angola (17 points, seven rebounds), Terance Mann (13 points), C.J. Walker (12) and M.J. Walker all joined Cofer in double-figures, and the Seminoles shot a season-best 42.3 percent from 3-point range.

That includes a 2-of-3 mark from Angola and 3-of-5 effort from M.J. Walker, the freshman who has scored at least 11 points in three of his first four games.

“I think he’s playing extremely hard,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said about Walker. “He’s playing with a reckless abandon both offensively and defensively, and I like that.”

The Seminoles needed less than five minutes to claim their first double-digit lead, and that advantage ballooned to 25 points when Angola finished off a three-point play early in the second half.

Senior guard James Scott led Kennesaw State with 17 points, 15 of which came in the second half.

Otherwise, the Owls, who finished third nationally in 3-point percentage (41.6) a year ago, did most of their damage from the perimeter.

KSU connected on 9 of 18 shots from distance, with senior Nick Masterson, the nation’s second-most accurate 3-point shooter in 2016-17, leading the way.

Masterson hit 4 of 6 from beyond the arc, and Kosta Jankovic was 3 for 3.

“I still think we’ve got a ways to go, but I love the effort, I love the attitude,” Hamilton said. “We need more games to keep rounding into shape.”

FSU won’t have wait long for its next game. The Seminoles host The Citadel on Friday at 8 p.m.

First, however, they’ll feast.

Hamilton and his wife, Claudette, will host the team for Thanksgiving dinner at their home and, as usual, an extensive spread is in store.

“I’m going to fix a couple family recipes,” Hamilton said. “I’m going to fix a couple catering trays of corn pudding. I’m going to do an unbelievable family, traditional macaroni and cheese with a lot of different things in it. … We’ve got about four or five turkeys.

“We’re going to celebrate and give thanks for all our wonderful blessings that we’ve received over the years.”

By then, perhaps Cofer will have flipped his attention from his breakout game to his favorite item on the menu.

“He definitely can cook,” Cofer said with a smile. “He’s got all types of stuff, but one of my favorite foods is mac and cheese, so I’m definitely looking forward to that.

“People think it’s weird, but I put sugar in my mac and cheese. That’s what we do from the south.”

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 0 Phil Cofer            f  28   9  11    1    1   2   2  21      4    5   9  1   2  1   1   0
 2 CJ Walker             g  23   4   9    2    5   2   2  12      1    0   1  1   3  1   0   2
11 Braian Angola-Rodas   g  25   7   8    2    3   1   1  17      3    4   7  1   4  2   1   0
12 Ike Obiagu            c  15   2   8    0    0   0   0   4      2    2   4  2   0  0   2   0
14 Terance Mann          g  27   6   9    1    3   0   0  13      0    0   0  1   2  0   0   2
 3 Trent Forrest            23   3   5    0    1   2   2   8      2    4   6  0   6  1   0   1
 5 PJ Savoy                  9   2   5    2    5   0   0   6      0    0   0  2   2  0   0   0
23 MJ Walker                20   4  10    3    5   0   0  11      1    1   2  4   0  1   0   0
25 Mfiondu Kabengele        15   1   2    0    0   2   4   4      2    2   4  4   0  1   0   1
31 Wyatt Wilkes              6   0   2    0    2   0   1   0      0    0   0  0   0  3   0   1
40 Brandon Allen             9   1   2    0    1   0   0   2      0    1   1  1   0  0   0   0
   Team                                                           2        2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  39  71   11   26   9  12  98     17   19  36 17  19 10   4   7
   Opp                     200  28  62    9   18  14  17  79     12   15  27 13  15 13   1   6


  1 2 Total
KENNESAW STATE
42
37
79
FLORIDA STATE
54
44
98
Attendance: 5,284