Aug. 9, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s basketball team recruiting class has been rated among the nation’s top 20 by recruiting expert Bob Gibbons. The class, which includes J.D. Bracy (Kissimmee, Fla.), Monte Cummings (Quincy, Fla.), Ryan Lowery (Gastonia, N.C.), Michael Joiner (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Andrew Wilson (Harrison, Ga.) is the highest rated class during the Steve Robinson era at Florida State.
Cummings, a 6-4 shooting guard, averaged 16 points and five rebounds per game while playing at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa. A native Floridian, Cummings attended Shanks High School in Quincy, Fla., from 1997-98.
Lowery comes to Florida State from Fork Union Military Academy where he averaged 19 points per game during his one season there. He will add depth at the point guard position this season.
Joiner, who is ranked as the 12th-best prep player entering the collegiate ranks this season, played at 71st high school in Fayetteville, N.C., where he averaged 16 points per game as a senior. He is one of the highest rated recruits in the history of the Florida State men’s basketball program.
Wilson averaged 17 points and seven rebounds as a senior at Harrison High School. His playing style has been compared to that of former All-ACC performer Matt Harpring of Georgia Tech.
Bracy, a consensus top 30 recruit, averaged 27 points and eight rebounds per game at Osceola High School as a senior. Bracy is a partial qualifier who must sit out from competition this season. However, Bracy will be allowed to practice with the Seminoles throughout the entire season.
Joiner and Wilson played this summer in the all-star games in their respective home states. Joiner played in the North Carolina Coaches Association’s East-West all-star while Wilson played in the Georgia Athletic Association’s North-South all-star game.
Joiner scored 14 points and nine rebounds in the game and was named an academic all-star at a banquet held prior to the game in North Carolina. Wilson scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in leading his North squad to a 105-103 victory.
Florida State’s recruiting class will join the Seminole veterans as practice begins for the 2000-2001 season on Oct. 14.