November 19, 2014 - by
Hamilton Signs Four High Major Players To Letters Of Intent

“Once again Coach Hamilton and his entrusted staff land a top rated recruiting class. This Florida State basketball class is comprised of not only outstanding athletes but prospects who boast versatility with high level scoring skills. With player development this group has a serious chance to make an impact in the powerful ACC.”

Paul Biancardi
ESPN Basketball / National Director of Recruiting

“Leonard Hamilton and the Seminoles have put together one heck of a recruiting effort. Their 2015 class is rich with wing talent and is headlined by Dwayne Bacon a big, physical and athletic five-star. Malik Beasley is an explosive athlete and wing scorer while Terance Mann is a versatile wing who does a little bit of everything. Jean Marc Christ Koumadje is a skinny but mobile and athletic 7-foot-4 big man with upside.”

Eric Bossi
Rivals.com

“That’s the result (a No. 3 nationally ranked recruiting class) of four verbal commitments over the past five weeks — highlighted by three athletic guards/wings named Dwayne Bacon, Malik Beasley and Terance Mann, all of whom are consensus top-85 national prospects. (Bacon and Beasley are consensus top-40 national prospects.) Collectively, it’s the latest bit of evidence that Hamilton remains a recruiting force even at the age of 66 and despite the fact that he doesn’t work at a place anybody would describe as a national basketball brand with inherent advantages.”

Gary Parrish
CBSSports.com

Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton is “…a great head coach and [runs] a winning program. Someone who’s going to help me be successful in the future, and who’s going to [coach] me.”

Malik Beasley
2014-15 Florida State Signee

“With its 2015 recruiting class, Florida State has made an impact on paper on the intensely competitive ACC landscape. If the Seminoles’ new recruits pan out, FSU will have one of the top backcourts in the conference.”

Darin Anderson
VAVEL – The International Sports Newspaper

“The Florida State men’s basketball team hasn’t yet begun its 2014-15 season, but its future beyond this year is looking bright. The Seminoles landed commitments from five-star forward Dwayne bacon and four-star guard Malik Beasley.”

Fox Sports Florida

“Florida State basketball has been on an unprecedented roll on the recruiting trail”

Michael Rogner
Tomahawk Nation

“Head coach Leonard Hamilton hit the jackpot, when two ESPN Top 100 recruits committed to the Florida State basketball program. No. 40 Dwayne Bacon and No. 51 Malik Beasley made both committing during their official visits. Bacon, a small forward, chose the Seminoles over USC, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, SMU and South Florida; Beasley, a shooting guard, picked the ‘Noles over Connecticut, VCU and Wake Forest. The two players will be a major boost to a program hoping to compete for an ACC crown. Beasley’s speed and athleticism have aided in his major rise to stardom allowing him to make the jump from unranked to being ranked 51 overall. Bacon provides a different look to game scoring from almost any spot on the court. The duo will join four-star recruit Terrance Mann in one of Hamilton’s top recruiting classes during his tenure at FSU.”

Matt Laux
Campus Sports

“Florida State brought in Georgia guard Malik Beasley and Florida wing Dwayne Bacon for official visits and many in the basketball recruiting world thought at least one of the top 50 players would commit to the ACC school. On Friday night, just after the sun went down, both players decided to publicly announce their intentions to play for the Seminoles. Beasley, the No. 2 player in Georgia, popped first announcing his decision on Twitter. The two join New Englander Terance Mann in the 2015 FSU recruiting class. The trio makes up for one heck of a trifecta of scorers with versatility. As the ACC grows stronger and deeper, Leonard Hamilton and Charlton Young put a serious stamp on their place in the conference moving forward.”

Justin Young
Hoop Seen

Florida State University head coach Leonard Hamilton has secured one of the top basketball recruiting classes in school history with the addition of four players – including two ranked within the nation’s top 50 players and three ranked within the top 100 – to the Seminoles’ already deep roster which includes only one graduating player.  Signing National Letters of Intent with Hamilton and the Seminoles were forward Dwayne Bacon (Lakeland, Fla. /Oak Hill Academy), guard Malik Beasley (Alpharetta, Ga. /Saint Francis), center Jean Marc Christ Koumadje (Chad, Africa/Montverde Academy) and guard Terance Mann (Tilton, N.H./Tilton School). 

Florida State’s 2015 recruiting class is ranked among the nation’s best including No. 4 by 247sports.com, No. 5 by ESPN.com, No. 6 nationally by Rivals.com and No. 6 by Hoopniks.com. 

“I must give my staff tremendous credit for recognizing the needs of our program and working very hard to address all of those needs in outstanding fashion,” said Hamilton.  “I could not be happier with the group of players we have signed.  Not only is this an extremely talented group but it is a group of young men all with tremendous character — character that further allows us to continue to move our program forward.”

Bacon (6-6, 209) is an athletic wing with great vision of the court who will be an immediate contributor on the offensive end for the Seminoles.  He is considered to be one of the elite scorers of the 2015 recruiting class.  Bacon is capable of playing multiple positions and has made his mark as a five star player who is an aggressive rebounder that can attack the basket.  Bacon will fit in well with the Seminoles’ current roster because of his outstanding defensive skills. He is ranked as the No. 12 overall player nationally by 247Sports and the nation’s No. 22 overall player by Rivals.com.  Bacon is regarded as the No. 3 player in the state of Virginia and the No. 4 shooting guard in the nation this year. 

“It’s great to be signed to a staff that really believes in me,” said Bacon.  “I feel they will help me grow my all-around game.”

Bacon averaged 23 points, seven rebounds and three steals during his senior season at McKeel Academy in Lakeland, Fla.  He will play at Oak Hill Academy for head coach Steve Smith this season before heading to Florida State.  Bacon chose Florida State over Auburn, Georgetown, UNLV, Oklahoma State, SMU, USF, USC, Tennessee and Georgia Tech.

“Dwayne Bacon is the total package on the offensive end of the court,” said Smith.  “He can score off the dribble and the catch, get to the rim and shoot the three.  His best skill might be his ability to pass and create for his teammates.  He also is long and athletic and will be a tremendous defender in time.”

Beasley (6-4, 185) is a four star shooting guard who will add to the Seminoles perimeter depth with his scoring mentality and high level of athletic ability.  He is ranked as the No. 43 overall recruit and the No. 19 shooting guard in the country by Rivals.com.  Beasley has an incredible ability to use his physical strength to create his own shots. 

“It feels great to be part of the Florida State family,” said Beasley.  “It is great to have a head coach and a great coaching staff who will all help me become a better basketball player.” 

Beasley attends St. Francis High School in Alpharetta, Ga., where he averaged his career highs of 19.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals in leading the Knights to a 24-7 record and a state title his junior season.  He became the first St. Francis player to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career as a junior.  He participated in the LeBron James Skills Academy and the Nike Global Challenge in the summer of 2014.  Beasley led the renowned Georgia Stars in scoring at the Nike EYBL with a 19.6 points per game scoring average and a 5.2 rebounds per game average.  Beasley committed to Florida State over Wake Forest, Georgia, St. Johns, UCLA, UConn, and VCU.

“Malik is one of the hardest working kids we have here at St. Francis,” said head coach Drew Catlett.  “He works with our coaching staff and is always in the gym getting up extra shots.  Malik works as hard as any plyer I have ever been around.  He’s a great person who respects and has earned the respect of all of the teachers and administrators at our school.  Florida State is getting an athletic player with really long arms who knows how to score the basketball.  He also wants to rebound and wants to play defense so he is going to fit in with Coach Hamilton and his staff extremely well.  Malik is a really good young man who is excited about playing at Florida State and competing in the ACC.”

Koumadje (7-4, 220) is another player in the Seminoles’ long line of talented, defensive big men, who at 7-4, will be the tallest player in the history of the Florida State program.  The center from Chad (Central Africa) has the athleticism and mobility to run the floor and a wing span of 7-7. 

He has tremendous size with big hands and a long wing span which makes him an incredible shot blocker.  Koumadje began playing basketball in 2012. 

“I am really excited about my commitment to Florida State,” said Koumadje.  “It’s a really great program; I can’t wait to get on campus and start working with the coaches.  Coach Hamilton and the coaching and going to help me become a better player and be successful as a student-athlete and on the basketball court.”

Koumadje plays for Kevin Boyle at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla.  He played AAU ball with Florida’s Showtime Ballers under coach Diana Neal.  Koumadje played AAU basketball with Seminole signee Dwayne Bacon.  He chose to play collegiately at Florida State over offers from SMU, Georgia Tech, UConn and UCLA

“Jean Marc is a great kid who is very humble and has made great improvements in his game on the defensive end,” said Boyle.  “His jump hook is getting to be a very good shot for him; he will be a crowd favorite.”

Mann (6-5, 210) is a four star player who is ranked as the No. 76 overall player by ESPN and the No. 88 overall player by Rivals.com.  His best attribute is his ability to create for others and the ability to break down opponents off the dribble.  The shooting guard has a high basketball IQ and uses his athleticism and size to defend.

“I am elated to be signing with Florida State,” said Mann.  “The opportunities that Coach Hamilton and his coaching staff will provide for me are beyond what I imagined.  I look forward to playing for such a good coach with such a good coaching staff.  With his knowledge of the game, Coach Hamilton will be able to help me get to the next level.”

Mann has played his first three seasons as a prep star at the Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.) where he averaged 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals to lead his team to the NEPSAC Class AA State Championship tournament quarterfinals his junior year.  He was Tilton’s team captain and named as its Most Valuable Player as a junior. 

Mann also plays AAU ball for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club where he averaged 10.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in the Nike EYBL I 2014.  Terance is the son of Eustace Mann and Daynia La-Force.  His mother is a former standout at Georgetown who led the Hoyas to the 1993 Big East title and to a Sweet 16 appearance in the 1993 NCAA Tournament.  She is the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Rhode Island.  Mann selected Florida State over Arizona State, Marquette, Boston College, Rhode Island, Florida, Miami, Indiana and Georgetown.

“Terance is a terrific team player in every sense,” said Tilton School head coach Marcus O’Neil.  “He’s been a pleasure to coach over the last three seasons.  Terance has improved himself every step of the way by being focused, working hard and accepting coaching.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he developed into a real standout at the college level.”

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