Leonard Hamilton has always played with a deep bench. It's not unusual for 11 guys to play in the 1st half of a basketball game, as he looks for matchups and combinations he likes on any particular night. But last year that all changed, as FSU limped through the season with only 9 scholarship players. And when Ian Miller missed time with an injury, this meant Aaron Thomas basically couldn't be taken off the court unless Ham was willing to run out walk-ons in league and post-season games.
With Kiel Turpin granted a 6th year and the new players on campus, this upcoming season looks a little better as FSU currently has 11 scholarship players. That could bump up to 12 if sophomore JUCO transfer Kedar Edwards makes it into school. The 13th and final spot - slated to go to Lithuanian freshman Norbertas Giga - is available as Giga is enrolled at Tallahassee CC.
It's getting late to pull in an ACC quality player for the 2014 class, but this weekend Andrew White III will visit. The sophomore wing has been buried at Kansas, first behind Ben McLemore (the 7th overall pick in the NBA draft) and then behind Andrew Wiggins (1st) and Wayne Selden. White, at 6-6, was highly regarded out of high school (consensus No. 52 player in the country), but was a bit of a project. White has already visited Nebraska and Notre Dame, and will also visit Virginia Tech. Wherever he goes he'll have to sit out a year, which is perfect for his development.
For the 2015 class, FSU only has one senior. Theoretically, if White commits, then FSU will only have one scholarship available for the 2015 class barring attrition. FSU has long been considered the leader for SF Dwayne Bacon, who will be playing his senior season for Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA). But Bacon was recently elevated to 5* status by 247Sports as well as Rivals, and now everyone in the country is on him. He recently reported that the teams on him the hardest are Florida State, USC, UNLV, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, SMU and Louisville. He's just finished destroying the competition at Reebok's Breakout Classic, causing 247 to bump him up to the No. 10 overall player in the class.
Another name that has just popped up is a 7-3 center from Senegal named Jean Marc Christ Koumadje, who plays at Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL). In the summer period he's gone from being an unknown to being recruited by every team in Division I aside from "Duke and Syracuse." Koumadje has already visited UCLA, and is planning visits to UConn and Florida State.