With a young team, Florida State basketball is getting a perfect jump on its coming season.
The Seminoles headed for Jamaica on Friday, taking advantage of the opportunity to head overseas for extra practices and preseason games.
“I think this is the perfect time for us to have this unique opportunity,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said per the Tallahassee Democrat. “The bulk of our team will be first- or second-year players. We like this team. We think we’re very talented. We’re very deep.”
The NCAA allows teams to take an international trip once every four years. Florida State went to Greece four years ago, but choosing Jamaica this time around. FSU will have 10 practices and three games on the trip with a team that has 10 first- or second-year players on its roster.
According to Wayne McGahee III of the Tallahassee Democrat, Florida State returns only three scholarship players that have been at FSU for more than one season.
“We feel that we have so many first-year players, I think it’s six with (Mfiondu Kabengele), with several second-year players returning that it’s important that we find a way to accelerate their progress,” Hamilton said.
Florida State signed five freshmen recruits in the 2017 class, highlighted by 5-star guard M.J. Walker.