FSU reserve Quincy Ballard enters portal

Florida State reserve center Quincy Ballard has entered the transfer portal. Ballard played in 18 of FSU’s 31 games, averaging 0.9 points and 1.2 rebounds and blocking 11 shots. His decision was first reported by 247Sports and confirmed by the Osceola.

Ballard’s departure is not a surprise, although it is the first announced departure and is the beginning of FSU’s roster taking shape for the 2022-23 season. The need for a dependable, physical big man is a high priority as FSU will lose Tanor Ngom (eligibility expired) and Ballard.

FSU returns just one true center in Naheem McLeod, who averaged 5.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 18 games before suffering a finger injury that required surgery and kept him out for the remainder of the season. The Seminoles will also welcome Alaaeddine Boutayeb, a 7-footer who has enrolled already, as well as 6-foot-9, 205-pound center Cameron Corhen (a signee in the 2022 class).

The Seminoles welcome six freshmen in the 2022 class to replenish a roster that will lose veterans like RayQuan Evans, Harrison Prieto, Justin Lindner and Ngom. Three seniors (Malik Osborne, Anthony Polite and Wyatt Wilkes) have the chance to return for the 2022-23 season and are weighing their options.