The 2011-2012 Florida State basketball season is a wrap so it’s time to take a look at next season’s basketball team and what we can expect from them.
Players Lost- 4 starters and 2 reserves
- Bernard James
- Xavier Gibson
- Deividas Dulkys
- Luke Loucks
- Jon Kreft
- Jeff Peterson
Key Returning Players
- Michael Snaer (as long as he doesn’t leave for NBA early)
- Ian Miller
- Okaro White
- Terrance Shannon
The 2011-2012 team was a very experienced group of guys and that helped lead the team to the program’s first ACC championship. However, along with that comes a serious drop in experience the following season. The ‘Noles will lose 6 seniors, 4 of whom were starters. James and Gibson might be future NBA players wheras Dulkys will likely play professionally in another country. Luke Loucks set the record for most games played in an FSU uniform and his services will be missed greatly as well. There are a lot of minutes for this team to fill entering next season.
Snaer, Miller, White and Shannon will hold down four of the five starting spots next season as they are the only four players returning with a reasonable amount of playing time in the past; despite Shannon being injured almost all of last season. Antwan Space (SF) and Terry Whisnant (SG) were both freshman on the team this past season. Both players were relatively highly recruited and will be expected to make an impact on the team next season. One of these men will become the 5th starter next season while the other becomes the main man off the bench.
Kiel Turpin (C) transferred to Florida State prior to last season from Lincoln College but didn’t receive playing time. However, with James and Kreft graduating, the ‘Noles will rely heavily on Turpin to play center and assist White and Shannon under the basket.
The seven players previously mentioned here will see almost all of the action at the start of the season until the new recruits become comfortable. The key recruits are Montay Brandon (SG) with a 95 rating from ESPN, Aaron Thomas (SG) with a 94 rating from ESPN, and Devon Bookert (PG) with a 91 rating from ESPN. Robert Gilchrist (PF) isn’t highly rated but he is 6’9″ and could see some action off the bench. I’d expect to see Montay Brandon and Aaron Thomas to work their way into the lineup off the bench as the season progresses and eventually earn starting spots in future seasons.
Key questions entering next season:
- Will Snaer return for his senior season at Florida State?
- Will Ian Miller remain eligible and avoid academic problems?
- How well will Terrance Shannon play after missing almost all of 2011-2012 with an injury?
- What new players will step up off the bench and provide solid depth on the roster?