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Baseline Observations: FSU rolls past UWF in exhibition

‘Noles look sharp in first exhibition.

NCAA Basketball: Florida at Missouri Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

Despite West Florida being a top ten D2 team, all takeaways from this matchup have to be considered within the context of lesser competition. Still, the Seminoles looked as expected and blew out their opponent.

Some of the questions we had going in to this exhibition were answered:

1. What kind of shape is RaiQuan Gray in?

Much better shape. Coach Hamilton mentioned postgame that RaiQuan did not play his best game but he did show his skill and looks to be able to stay on the floor as needed.

2. What type of minutes do the newcomers see?

Keeping in mind this is an exhibition: David Nichols led the way among newcomers with 20 minutes; RaiQuan Gray and Devin Vassell logged 15 minutes; and Anthony Polite and Wyatt Wilkes both saw the floor for 13 minutes.

3. Who looks to have improved form/confidence on perimeter shots?

The Seminoles shot 44.4% on 12-27 from deep. Terance Mann showed improved confidence with a three hit off the dribble with no hesitation.

4. Has MJ made the expected leap from his freshman to sophomore year?

M.J. Walker looked good on both ends of the floor. The big question for him will be consistency throughout the season, especially in ACC play.

5. Does the slimmed down PJ Savoy look any quicker laterally?

Yes, but we’ll see how much so against better competition. UWF had several quick guards and PJ looked more comfortable keeping them in front of him.

6. Who fills in for Phil Cofer while he’s recovering from a foot injury?

Still unclear but a combination of seeing more of the starting lineup with Fi, and then Gray, Wilkes, or Polite. If he doesn’t redshirt, Devin Vassell could end up seeing more minutes, too.

Post Game:

FSU coach Leonard Hamilton:

In case you didn’t know before, Coach Hamilton would like to stick with 20 minute halves.

PJ Savoy talks about last year motivating the team and where they need to improve:

Trent Forrest gives a wide ranging interview, including the answer to whether he’d prefer to lead the team in scoring or make 1st team All-ACC defense:

David Nichols talks about FSU’s winning culture being a key part of his decision to transfer to Tallahassee and much more:

Christ Koumadje had an emphatic answer when asked if FSU could win the ACC: