Nov. 19, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Two players ranked among the top 30 high school players in the nation have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Florida State University and play men’s basketball for head coach Leonard Hamilton. Jason Rich (Orlando, Fla.) and Isaiah Swann (Rockville, Md.) will begin playing for the Seminoles during the 2004-05 season and give Hamilton and his staff the beginnings of one of the nation’s top ranked recruiting classes for the second consecutive season. Florida State’s 2003 recruiting class of Alexander Johnson, Diego Romero and Von Wafer was ranked as the Nation’s No. 1 recruiting class.
“The good thing about both of these players is that they are versatile and can both play more than one position,” said Hamilton. “Their skills compliment the players who are already on our roster and are a perfect fit for the type of team we are building here at Florida State. They can both operate very well in the multiple offense system that we are trying to develop.”
Rich, a 6-3′, 185-pound guard from Dr. Phillips (Fla.) High School, averaged 22.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.7 steals as a junior. He is ranked as the seventh best shooting guard in the nation and the 28th-best overall player in the nation by RivalsHoops.com. Rich chose Florida State over Kentucky, Maryland, Connecticut and Arizona.
Rich was the leading scorer for Dr. Phillips in 28 of 30 games last season in leading the Panthers to the district semifinals. He established the school record for points in a single season (683) and single season scoring average (22.8) during his junior season. Rich begins his senior season Nov. 25 as Dr. Phillips plays Gainesville.
“Jason has tremendous leadership skills along with tremendous basketball skills – two skills that are a rare combination for a player coming out of high school,” said Hamilton. “We feel that he is the kind of player who can make a difference on anybody’s team and we feel very fortunate that he has decided to become a Seminole.”
Swann is a 6’1′, 197-pound guard who is currently playing at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy after playing his senior season at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy. He averaged 17.0 points and 4.0 assists last season. He averaged 22.0 points, four rebounds, six steals and three assists as a junior at Magruder High School in his native Rockville, Md. Swann is currently ranked as the fifth best shooting guard in nation and the 25th best overall player in the national by RivalHoops.com. Swann chose Florida State over Connecticut, Kentucky and Arizona.
Swann, a left-handed player, enters his post-graduate year at Hargrave ranked as the fifth-best fifth-year player in the nation. He played well at the Nike All-America camp during the summer of 2003 and saw his stock rise nationally. Swann is a smart player who sees the floor well and who has a tremendous ability to get his teammates involved in the flow of the game.
“Isaiah has tremendous potential to develop into an outstanding point guard,” said Hamilton. “He is eager to learn and has put himself in a position where he has a fabulous opportunity to play with some very good players and be part of an outstanding team this season. He will have the opportunity to further develop his leadership qualities and increase his understanding of how to better run a team from the point guard position. We are looking forward to having his athleticism on the court along with the players who are already on our team.”