After months of chasing the top high school player in the nation, the Florida State Seminoles must now restructure their game plan.
According to Grant Traylor, who is a sports reporter for The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, W.Va., 5-star small forward Andrew Wiggins has committed to the Kansas Jayhawks:
Wiggins is the top-ranked small forward and No. 1 overall prospect in the 2013 class, according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings. Wiggins, a product of Huntington Prep in Huntington, W.Va., is viewed as the odds-on favorite to become the first overall selection in the 2014 NBA draft.
The Canadian star certainly would have improved FSU's odds at winning the ACC regular-season crown for the first time in school history.
The Seminoles have constructed a solid class thus far, replacing star shooting guard Michael Snaer with Xavier Rathan-Mayes. Rathan-Mayes, a high school teammate and friend of Wiggins, is the No. 47 overall prospect, per 247Sports.
Florida State also landed Jarquez Smith, 247Sports' 29th-ranked power forward.
Leonard Hamilton's crew followed up a 2012 campaign in which they won the ACC tournament by going 18-16 in 2013. They proceeded to lose in the first round of the NIT, marking the first time they'd missed the NCAA tournament since 2008.
Fortunately, this is a team that returns several key players.
Snaer's departure will hurt their chances, but FSU will see its top rebounder—Okaro White—return. Three-point specialist Devon Bookert will also return, after the sophomore shot 52.5 percent from distance on 61 attempts in 2012-13.
Even without Wiggins, this should be a solid team.
A player to watch for the Seminoles next season is Montay Brandon, who was the No. 10 point guard prospect in 2012, per 247Sports' composite rankings. At 6'6" and 195 pounds, Brandon's size should be a major asset for an experienced Florida State team.
Assuming he and the rest of the cast performs up to expectations, Florida State could finish with a win total in the mid-20s.
The ACC is as strong as ever, but the Seminoles have managed to fill voids effectively over the past two recruiting seasons. With all but two rotational players having at least one year of experience, veteran leadership should be present.
Wiggins would have made them a national title threat, but Florida State is still a team to watch.