“The biggest thing basketball-wise is he can catch the ball on the move, so when guys are setting pick and rolls and he’s rolling hard. He’s a guy that shows he’s got good hands and can catch in traffic and has done a pretty good job finishing,” said Chipola Head Coach Donnie Tyndall.
I chose to wear No. 24 at Florida State because it reminds me of Kobe. With him also being from Philadelphia it makes me think my hometown city always has my back.
Naheem McLeod is the 17th player in school history to wear uniform No. 24 for the Seminoles. The number was worn for three consecutive years by Greg Collinsworth – the brother of Cris Collinsworth who is one of the top NFL broadcasters on NBC, the NFL Network and Showtime. Greg Collinsworth played for three seasons (1979, 1980, 1981) and was a member of Florida State’s 1980 NCAA Tournament team.
My full name is Naheem Yamma McLeod. I am named after my grandfather on my dad’s side of the family (Naheem) and my dad (Yamma).
My hometown of Philadelphia, Pa. is a big city with some of the best fan support across the nation. People in Philly take sports seriously and we are well-known for the great food and great people.
In his first season at Florida State with three years of eligibility remaining at the beginning of the 2021-22 season…initially signed with Florida State in Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s 2019 recruiting class before spending the last two years (2019-20 and 2020-21) at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla…helped lead Chipola to the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas in 2021…helped lead Chipola to the FSCAA Championship in 2021…considered to be the fifth best prospect in the state of Pennsylvania and the 24th best center in the nation by 247Sports in 2019… a solid post player with a strong touch around the basket and is a polished passer…also has a strong shooting touch and is a reliable outside shooter who was given the freedom to play outside the paint as a prep star…comfortable with the ball in his hands and passes out of the post very well…his size makes him a mismatch for just about every player in college basketball…played in the 2017 Philadelphia vs. New York All-Star game…participated in the Play by Play Invitational at the Iverson Classic which is made up of the best players in the Philadelphia area following his senior season.
Earned an Associates of Science Degree in Sport Management from Chipola College in Marianna, Fla. in 2021…attended Chipola for three semesters — the spring of 2020, the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021…played one year of basketball at the school (2020-21) following a redshirt season (2019-20)…averaged 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in helping lead Chipola to the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas…averaged nearly eight points per game as Chipola made its run to the Florida College System Activities Association (FSCAA)…Chipola finished with a 23-5 overall record and a 13-3 record in the Florida Panhandle Conference (NJCAA Region 8)…Chipola earned a 2-1 record at the national finals in Hutchinson with wins over Shelton State (April 21, 73-60) and Indian River State (April 22, 78-75) before the Indians fell to Coffeyville in the national semifinals (April; 23, 66-63)…played in 27 of the Indians 28 games with 19 starting assignments…averaged 16.7 minutes played per game and shot .694 percent (59 of 85) from the field in his only playing season at Chipola…totaled 41 blocked shots for an average of 1.5 blocked shots per game…in the national finals he totaled five points and his season-high of six blocked shots in Chipola’s win over Shelton State, eight points and 4 rebounds in its win over Indian River and zero points and four rebounds in the Indians’ semifinal loss to Coffeyville…played his season-high of 29 minutes against Tallahassee Community College, scored his season-high of 11 points in a win over Gulf Coast State (April 8) and totaled his season-high of eight rebounds in Chipola’s win over Gulf Coast (Feb. 17)…totaled three or more blocked shots in nine different games in his only season at Chipola…totaled at least 10 points in six games including a streak of five consecutive games at Tallahassee Community College (March 9, 10 points), against Northwest Florida State (March 13, 10 points), against Gulf Coast State (March 17, 10 points), and at Pensacola State (March 20, 10 points).
Graduated from Plymouth Whitemarsh in 2019…earned All-State First-Team honors in Class 6A as a senior…6A is the highest classification in the state high school system…a three-time All-Conference selection – first team as a junior and a senior and third team as a sophomore…totaled his career-high of 41 points in the Colonials’ 66-61 victory over Norristown to open his senior season…averaged 19.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots as a junior…led the Colonials to a 28-2 record and to a runner-up district finish…led his team into the nation’s top-25 rankings according to USA Today…named to the All-State First Team in Class 6A and to the First Team All-Suburban One League American Conference team as a junior…Plymouth Whitemarsh also won the Suburban One League American Conference league title…the Colonials were ranked as the No. 1 team in Class 6A throughout the season…led his team to 23 straight victories to open his junior season…totaled a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Cheltenham Wyncote and totaled 26 points in a win over Pennridge Perkasie…totaled 26 points and 10 rebounds as the Colonials topped Pennridge 79-55 in the SOLAC tournament semifinals his junior season…totaled 567 points as a junior – the 12th highest single season total in school history…earned Third-Team All-SOLAC honors a sophomore…led Plymouth Whitemarsh to a 25-6 record, the championship of the SOLAC, and semifinal appearances in the District I Class 6A and PIAA Class 6A championships.
Born January 31, 2000…Naheem is the son of Asha Adams…his mom is 5-5 and his dad is 7-5…he also credits his aunt and uncle, Michele and Byron Whiting, for helping him get to where he is today…a sister, who also plays basketball is 6-8….played for the same powerhouse high school as John Salmons, who played for Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton at Miami…selected Florida State over Oregon, Penn State, Temple, Villanova and La Salle when he made his college decision in 2019…would like to pursue communications as course of study at Florida State…major is Social Sciences.