Raise your hand if you had Florida State finishing the summer with a top-5 recruiting class. Now raise your hand if you had the men’s basketball team as one of the top five recruiting classes in the country.
Go ahead and put down your hand; there’s no way that anyone saw the growing FSU hoops juggernaut building to where it is today.
On Monday, the Seminoles received their third verbal pledge for the Class of 2016, all of whom are considered four-star recruits or higher. The latest pledge is the greatest yet among the rising seniors, with five-star point guard Jonathan Isaac offering his commitment to Florida State over scholarship offers from Kentucky, Florida, LSU and a host of other Power 5 conference schools. FSU’s sudden success with the Class of 2016 follows on the heels of an excellent 2015 class that included the likes of Dwayne Bacon (a five star) and Malik Beasley (a four star). That 2015 class was about as good as anyone could remember … until the current crop.
With Isaac, who will lead the IMG Academy hoops team in 2015-16, fronting a Florida State squad that should have as deep a backcourt as any memorable (provided Bacon and Beasley stay for a second season), there are lots of reason for qualified optimism.
Now, if they could just find a strong 7-footer playing in the local pro-am league, FSU might really be set …