"With no FSU football to obsess over for another week, I figure I’ll update everyone on how the 2014 basketball recruiting cycle is progressing. As always, bookmark the 2014 Basketball Recruiting Board for daily updates.
The big news is that JUCO PF Cinmeon Bowers is currently on campus for his official visit. Most experts consider him a strong lean to Memphis, but visits can change that. He’s a big time space eater, and his services are needed a lot more by FSU than by Memphis.
The next live period (where coaches can evaluate players) begins on Monday, so expect more names to begin cropping up.”
Planning on re-gifting: Haste
I know I’m getting some dirty looks now. Yes, I am saying that Florida State needs to slow the heck down. They’ve never been burners under Hamilton, but right now, they’re playing much faster than they did in past seasons when they excelled. This year’s team is hitting a pace of 72 possessions per 40 minutes. According to Basketball State, that’s above the national average and the ACC average so far. That’s causing their turnovers to go up, and their scoring to go down. FSU was built to be a bear, not a cheetah.
Clearly, everything on this wish list is tied together. The ‘Noles offense and defense are predicated on a slower pace and great rebounding, things that happen organically when there’s a big man in the middle who knows his business. The team is suffering because there’s no reliable post presence on either end of the floor. Assists are down, and the ball is going up faster and from farther away, because there’s no impetus to pound it inside right now. If they can’t handle the likes of South Alabama and Mercer, imagine what Mason Plumlee will do to them.
Florida State has big men, so they don’t need any more 7-foot-plus boxes under the tree. Maybe just an accessories package; something that replicates the old G.I. James kung-fu grip.
(via Christmas Wish Lists: Florida State needs the Kung-Fu Grip | CollegeBasketballTalk)