March 17, 2005
Casaan Breeden and Ryan Reid, a pair of outstanding high school basketball players who have signed National Letters of Intent to attended Florida State University and play for Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton, both enjoyed stellar senior seasons as they prepared themselves for the rigors of academics and athletics at the college level. Both players earned All-State First-Team honors and led their respective teams deep into the state playoffs as they looked forward coming to campus and acclimating themselves as Seminole student-athletes.
Hamilton is on his way to building yet another recruiting class ranked among the nations best. With the signing of Casaan Breeden and Ryan Reid, two of the top forwards in the nation, Hamilton adds athleticism and strength to a Seminoles team which is looking to establish itself as a contender for the ACC and National Championship.
A South Carolina native, Casaan Breeden has a versatile arsenal of weapons he can use on the floor. At 6’8”, he has the ability to drive to the basket and pull down rebounds on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. His 190 pound frame allows him to have the quickness he needs to excel in college basketball.
“Casaan is getting better because he works,” said Marlboro County Coach Ken Spencer. “As talented as he is at basketball, he listens and has a positive attitude.”
Breeden averaged a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds in leading Marlboro County High School to the Class 4A State Championship game.
Reid stands at the same height as fellow signee Casaan but packs a bigger build with a few more pounds. At 225 pounds, Reid has the ability to play face up or handle the ball in open court. This talent of transition allows Coach Hamilton flexibility with the decision of line-ups.
“We are excited about Ryan’s potential and the different things he can do on the court,” comments Hamilton. “He brings a dimension of versatility… his athleticism will add to the increasing diversity of the players on our team.”
Ryan also averaged a double-double with averages of 14.8 points and 11.1 rebounds a game. He helped Boyd Anderson to a number one ranking in the state of Florida in Class 6A during the season.
Both Breeden and Reid are ranked as top 25 forwards in the nation by Rivals.com with Breeden ranked 14th and Reid 23rd. Casaan is listed as the 39th-best player in the nation by Scout.com while Reid is ranked 36th on the national prospect list by Hoop Alliance.