The college basketball season wrapped up just hours ago and a few things have hit home:
We got a full 2020-21 season, albeit one with interruptions in the regular season and postseason.
We saw Baylor win its first title. And the Stanford women claim a championship, too.
Now, the focus turns toward the offseason as well as the 2021-22 season. And the view of the FSU men is quite positive. The Seminoles are viewed as the No. 7 team by CBSSports.com and 9 team by ESPN.com.
CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish: “The Seminoles should be really good again despite the likely losses of MJ Walker, RaiQuan Gray and Scottie Barnes thanks to the expected return of proven pieces like Anthony Polite, Balsa Koprivica and Malik Osborne. Florida State will add the nation’s second-ranked recruiting class to that core, as well as former Houston standout Caleb Mills.
ESPN.com’s Jeff Borzello: “I’m expecting them to lose M.J. Walker and Scottie Barnes, while Raiquan Gray is also testing the NBA draft waters. But Anthony Polite is back, Balsa Koprivica is back and Hamilton will also have his usual assortment of 7-footers to throw at teams. He also brings in a deep and talented recruiting class, led by Houston transfer Caleb Mills, the preseason AAC Player of the Year this past season. Freshmen Matthew Cleveland and Jalen Warley should add serious scoring pop on the perimeter.”
Washington Post’s Patrick Stevens: “Leonard Hamilton’s cast of thousands will invariably rotate in some new members of the ensemble (former Houston guard Caleb Mills, who led the Cougars in scoring in 2019-20, is a prominent addition) while some others depart (like Scottie Barnes and the do-everything RaiQuan Gray). The Seminoles have finished fourth or better in the ACC in four of the last five years. Here’s banking on “better” in 2021-22, especially with the No. 2 freshman class (per 247 Sports) en route to Tallahassee.”
FSU’s outlook will of course depend on the upcoming decisions by Scottie Barnes, M.J. Walker and Balsa Koprivica. Barnes is almost certainly gone to the NBA as a projected first-round pick, with Walker also likely moving on to pro basketball. Koprivica could use another year before moving on to the NBA.
That’s a lot of talent to lose but it’s also worth mentioning that FSU is getting a healthy amount of respect from the national media. Often FSU is viewed at who is departing with a healthy dose of doubt for what Leonard Hamilton and the staff can deliver. Now the Seminoles are earning praise for their consistency year-to-year as well as a roster that could feature Koprivica, Polite, Mills, Malik Osborne and Sardaar Calhoun. The Osceola previously took an early look at 2021-22 here.
FSU finished 10th in the USA Today coaches’ poll, which was released on Tuesday.
FSU’s 2020-21 stats can be viewed here.