Although there have been plenty of complaints about the Florida State Seminoles’ style of play (they stress defense and often struggle to score for long periods of time), the Seminoles have had great success under head coach Leonard Hamilton, advancing to the Sweet 16 in the 2011 tournament in 2011 and winning the ACC tournament to win the conference in 2012. Hamilton is 219-157 in 12 seasons with the Seminoles while his predecessor, Steve Robinson, went just 64-86 in five seasons, leaving the program at one of it’s lowest points in history.
However, the Seminoles have now missed the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons and are looking to upgrade their talent. On Wednesday, the Seminoles did just that, earning a commitment from 4-Star shooting guard Terance Mann, their first pledge in the class of 2015.
Mann really enjoyed the Seminoles’ styles and enjoys the way Hamilton coaches his squad.
“The way FSU plays was a big part of it. I’ve watched them numerous times and loved the way they play,” Mann said via Rivals.com. “Coach (Leonard) Hamilton pushes you hard and he has a lot of faith in his players, and he wants you to play through your mistakes. I know when I called, all the coaches were in the office and they went crazy when I committed.”
Mann announced his commitment via twitter.
Glad to announce that I have committed to Florida State! Feels great to be a Seminole! #GoNoles !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Terance (@TeranceMann) August 21, 2014
The 6’5, 180-pounder is from Tilton, New Hampshire and attends The Tilton School. He chose the Seminoles over an impressive list of offers, including the Arizona State Sun Devils, Boston College Eagles, Georgetown Hoyas, Indiana Hoosiers and Marquette Golden Eagles, among others.