Florida State’s 2021-22 basketball season kicks off in exactly 25 days and the new look Seminoles are ready for another shot at the ACC title and a National Championship.
The ’Noles had a tremendous 12-1 record at home last season and they are ready to have the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at full capacity for the first time in over 14 months.
We spoke with FSU guard Anthony Polite as he heads into his redshirt-senior season. Polite has improved every year since he’s been with the program, embodying head coach Leonard Hamiltons hard working, defensive mentality impeccably.
“ We’re going to be able to pack the tuck again... We’re going to have home court advantage and a tremendous boost. It’s like having a sixth man on the court when all the fans are just there yelling and just helping you out throughout the game.”
FSU fell just short of the ACC title last season but were granted the fourth seed in the NCAA tournament, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen for the third straight year. They have yet to reach over that hump and hope their additions in the transfer portal as well as talented freshmen will help boost their stock come tournament time.
Polite was asked where he sees the ’Noles compared to other teams in the ACC and had this to say about the recent success of the program.
“ Number one, above everybody, we’re new bloods... we’re here to stay. We’re something that’s newer to the ACC, and we’ve been showing to the world that we’re one of those programs that’s constantly at the top.”
The Seminoles will play two exhibition matchups at the Tucker Center in preparation for their season opener against the University of Pennsylvania on November 10th.
“ We’re going to see an excited Florida State that’s ready to rock and roll and have the Tuck go crazy.”
You can listen to or watch the entire interview below: