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Newcomers get extended playing time in FSU’s second exhibition

Florida State’s newcomers saw extended minutes, showing the coaching staff they are ready for the upcoming season. But it was also the veterans who set the pace from the start.

Rayquan Evans scored 14 points, making 3 of 4 3-pointers, as FSU cruised to a 102-55 win over Florida College on Friday night. Evans is returning for his “super senior” season and has had back-to-back strong performances in the exhibition season.

Wyatt Wilkes scored 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

All of FSU’s newcomers played, with six of them seeing 15 minutes or more in FSU’s second exhibition.

“We tried to get as many guys on the floor as possible to gain some experience,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “I think the quality of our depth raises its head. … This team overall has some potential. But I think you can see we have a lot of areas where we can work on.”

The Seminoles are still early in the process of blending the freshmen, transfers and veterans. But each of the new Seminoles showed what they could offer. 

Cleveland scored 13 points, heating up from 3-point range by connecting on 3 of 3 shots (he was 4 of 11 from the floor). Jalen Warley scored 11 points on 5 of 5 shooting, adding seven assists and four steals. 

John Butler scored 10 points, including a few on alley oops in which he ran the floor on the fast break and rose to the bucket to score with ease. Butler also had three blocks.

“He’s going to be a three, four steal a game guy,” Wilkes said. “And obviously the blocks. … I’m really glad we got him.”

Naheem McLeod started and added seven points on 3 of 5 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks.

Both transfers played well, with CamRon Fletcher (from Kentucky) showing what he could offer on both ends of the court. Fletcher scored 11 points but also had seven rebounds and four steals. Caleb Mills (from Houston) had nine points, three rebounds and two assists.

Anthony Polite returned to the court after missing the first exhibition game. The veteran guard scored six points but also added eight rebounds and four assists.

Twelve Seminoles scored and they recorded 18 steals in the last warm-up before the season opener. Malik Osborne (flu) and Tanor Ngom (concussion) did not dress out.

FSU shot 35 of 69 (50.7 percent) from the floor and 14 of 28 (50 percent) from 3-point range. The Seminoles won the rebounding edge 50-37.

Florida College was also held to 19 of 69 (27.5 percent) shooting from the floor and 13 of 44 (29.5 percent) from 3-point range.

Box score

The exhibition box score can be viewed here.

Up next

FSU opens the season against Penn on Wednesday at 9 p.m. (ACC Network). The Seminoles will then travel to Florida on Nov. 14 (1 p.m. on ESPN).