TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Four outstanding high school players – Raiquan Gray, Anthony Polite, Bryan Trimble and Wyatt Wilkes – signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday to play basketball at Florida State for head coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff. The Seminoles are working on assembling one of the nation’s top ranked recruiting classes for the third consecutive season as their 2014-15 recruiting class was ranked No. 3 nationally and their 2015-16 class was ranked No. 11 nationally.
“We have begun to assemble another outstanding recruiting class at Florida State,” said Hamilton. “Our coaching staff – Stan Jones, Dennis Gates and Charlton Young – have done another tremendous job of identifying talent who will fit into our system and team concept. Our current players are also to be congratulated because they have helped us create a family atmosphere within our program that players with elite high school talent want to become a part of.”
Gray (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Dillard) is ranked as the No. 20 high school power forward in the nation by ESPN.
“I am very excited to get to campus, play for coach Ham and is staff and work towards being successful in the ACC,” said Gray. “The relationships I have developed with Coach Young and Coach Ham and the relationships I have with CJ Walker and Jonathan Isaac were a deciding factor in choosing Florida State. All of those relationships, especially with CJ and Jonathan, made me feel at home and like I was already part of the Seminole family.”
Gray (6-8, 240) led Dillard High School to a 28-5 record in 2016 as he averaged a double-double of 16.0 points and 12.0 rebounds. He was an All-Broward County First-Team selection by the Miami Herald. Gray is a member of the Florida Vipers along with fellow Florida State signee Anthony Polite. During the 2016 season Gray averaged 10.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 16 games for the Vipers.
Gray chose Florida State over Baylor, Maryland, Memphis, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech.
“We are very thankful for the opportunit Raiquan has been given to play for Coach Hamilton and his staff,” said Valarie Gray, Raiquan’s motther. “I am so proud of the young man our son is becoming. I have always told hom that hard work pays off. I believe God has a devine purpopse for Raiquan’s life.”
Polite (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrew Christian school) is ranked as the No. 32 shooting guard in the 2017 class by 247 Sports.
Polite (6-6, 201) earned All-State First Team honors and was named the Small Schools Player of the Year in the state of Florida in 2016. As a junior in 2016, Polite averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game. Polite led St. Andrew’s to a class 4A Regional Finals in 2016.
Polite is a member of the Florida Viper Under Amour team and helped led them to the semifinals of the Las Vegas Fab 48 tournament during the summer prior to his senior season.
“I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to play for Florida State,” said Anthony Polite. “I’ve been working for this moment and I am happy to be able to make my parents proud. I can’t wait to put the Seminole uniform on and be on the court in Tallahassee.”
Polite selected Florida State over Miami and will follow in the footsteps of his father Michael Polite who played for Florida State from 1988-91. Michael Polite played on Florida State’s 1988 and 1991 NCAA Tournament teams. He averaged 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 99 career games as a Seminole.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Anthony,” said Michael Polite. “His effort and determination both on and off the basketball court has allowed him to be a successful person and an outstanding person. I’m blessed to be part of his maturation and I’m excited to follow his career at Florida State.”
Trimble is ranked as the nation’s 65th best shooting guard in the prep class of 2017.
Trimble (Kansas City, Mo./Sunrise Christian Academy) averaged 14.7 points while shooting 45.5 percent from beyond the arc as a junior. During his 2016 season Trimble was the MVP for high school tournaments in Mississippi and Colorado. He plays MoKan Elite of the Nike EYBL league. He averaged 5.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in 21 games in 2016.
“Bryan is a terrific young man who has worked very hard to have this opportunity to play at Florida State,” said Sunrise Christian head coach Kyle Bankhead. “He is a high level athlete with great athleticism. He has played against top level competition throughout his career and understands the need to be at his best whenever he steps onto the court. He has set very high standards for himself and is a well-liked player by both his teammates and his coaches.”
Trimble (6-3, 200) chose Florida State over Georgia, SMU, Oklahoma State and Providence.
“Bryan is a big-time shooter who can score in bunches,” said MoKan Elite head coach Matt Suther. “The athleticism he has allows him to make highlight plays around the rim. Florida State is getting a player that will be fun to watch and one that his teammates will really enjoy playing with.”
“I’m happy that my son has the opportunity to attend Florida State and play for Coach Hamilton and his staff,” said Bryan’s mom Regina Stewart. “I feel great putting him in Coach Hamilton’s hands.”
Wilkes (Orlando, Fla./Winter park) is the No. 30 power forward in the class of 2017 as rated by ESPN.
“There were two things for me,” said Wilkes. “I wanted to be part of a family and there is no family like the Florida State men’s basketball family. I wanted to play with wolves. Not sheep. Wolves. The best of the best. And I feel that Coach Hamilton and Coach Jones have created that type of culture at Florida State and I can’t wait to be a part of the program.”
Wilkes (6-7, 190) participated in the Nike Elite 100 camp after the 2016 season. He was an All-State Second Team selection in 2016 and was an All-Area selection in 2015 by the Orlando Sentinel. Wilkes averaged 17.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists for Winter Park High School on their route to a Class 8A final four in 2016. Wilkes also started for the Winter Park Wildcats as a freshman on its 2013-2014 state championship team.
“Wyatt comes from a basketball family,” said his father Glenn Wilkes, Jr. “A family with strong roots in the state of Florida. We are so very proud that Wyatt will have the opportunity to represent a great institution in the state that we love. From an athletic standpoint, Florida State is the perfect fit. Wyatt will bleed garnet and gold.”
“Florida State and Wyatt Wilkes are both very lucky to become teammates,” said Winter Park High School head coach Donald Blackmon. “Wyatt has always been a team-first player who has put team accomplishments way ahead of individual accolades. He knows what it takes to be a winner. Florida State is the perfect place for Wyatt; he will work extremely hard to be successful academically and to be a great teammate.”
“Wyatt is a coaches’ dream,” said Anthony Ricks, the head coach of the Southeast Elite basketball program. “You would be pressed to find a tougher, more talented, student of the game than Wyatt. I’ve watched him play through broken and dislocated fingers, sprained ankles and will our team to success. He’s got a special blend of versatility, shooting and athleticism that make him an outstanding player. Above all, passing is his gift. He sees passing lanes before they are open and finds open teammates. Wyatt is a special person and is as tough as nails.”
Wilkes picked Florida State over many schools including Butler, Creighton and Missouri.
“We are very fortunate that Raiquan, Anthony, Bryan and Wyatt followed their hearts and have become Seminoles,” said Hamilton. “We are very proud because they have made great choices to continue their educational and basketball careers at Florida State.”
Florida State opens it 2016-17 season as it plays host to Charleston Southern on Saturday at 1:00 at the Donald L. Tucker Center.