“DUNK CITY” COMES TO THE WEST COAST
In March of 2013, Florida Gulf Coast University captured the hearts of college basketball fans throughout the country. A surprising Sweet 16 appearance brought the moniker “Dunk City” to the national public. The leader of that team, Head Coach Andy Enseld eventually left FGCU and headed west to USC.
While the first 2 seasons were losing ones, the 46-year old and former Wall-Street entrepreneur has USC fans thinking more than just football. While it remains to be seen if USC makes the NCAA tournament, there is no denying the improvement of the basketball program. Currently 19-7, Enfeld has brought his up-tempo style of play to LA and has made basketball relevant again at a mostly prominent football school.
Leading the way for the Tojans are Sophomore PG Jordan McLaughlin (13.2PTS, 5AST) and PF/C Nikola Jovanovic (12.5PTS, 7.3REB). No matter what happens this season the future looks bright. USC has a strong recruiting class coming in next year, which includes 4-star shooting guard Jonah Mathews. It looks like the west coast version of “Dunk City” is alive and well.
- VANDERBILT: (15-11) RPI 66
- SAINT BONAVENTURE: (17-7) RPI 53
- FLORIDA STATE: (16-10) RPI 65
- MICHIGAN: (18-8) RPI 56
- GEORGE WASHINGTON: (19-7) RPI 50
THESE 5 TEAMS WILL NEED TO HAVE A STRONG SHOWING TOWARDS THE END OF THE SEASON AND/OR CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS TO LOCK DOWN A BERTH IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT.
LONDON PERRANTES (VIRGINIA CAVALIERS)
6’2″ POINT GUARD JUNIOR
11.3PTS, 4.3AST, 3.1REB
A California native, the former 3-star recruit headed north to play for Tony Bennett and Virginia. Perrantes runs the show for the very patient, deliberate, Virginia offense. His fiery personality meshes well with the hard nosed, in your face Cavalier team. The junior is averaging over 7 points a game more than last season, and is a huge reason why Virginia is once again a top contender in the ACC. He likes the challenge of taking the big shots. If Virginia is going to make a run in March, London Perrantes will need to keep playing the way he is. He has a chance to make his name nationally known in the next month and a half.
#8 RECRUITING CLASS IN 2016
COMMITTED PLAYERS: (#’s next to players name indicates national ranking)
#14: JONATHAN ISAAC PF
#56: TRENT FORREST SG
#118: C.J. WALKER PG
SUMMARY OF CLASS: Leonard Hamilton struck gold during last years recruiting class with freshmen stars Malik Beasley and Dwayne Bacon. Hamilton has done it again as the Seminoles currently have the 8th ranked recruiting class in college basketball for 2016. SG Trent Forrest will come in and play right away with the expected departures of Beasley and Bacon to the NBA. C.J. Walker is a solid PG who is ranked right outside of being a top 100 player.
The commitment of Jonathan Isaac is a home-run for Leonard Hamilton. The 6’10” 200 pound PF from IMG Academy in Florida is the type of player that can make a good team into an elite team. The number 14th ranked prospect in the class of 2016 has made waves lately by talking about possibly entering the 2016 NBA Draft.
NBA rules prohibit high school players from entering the NBA straight out of high school, however Isaac might be an exception. He started high school in 2011, which means he would be 1 year removed from his initial graduating high school class. IMG is a prep school which means that Isaac has technically been in high school for 5 years.
This is a very touchy and confusing story-line. The NBA considers Isaac’s graduating class to be 2016 so this whole story might be a mute point. When we publish Isaac’s high school player profile we will get into more detail about the situation.
Isaac as a player is a phenomenal talent. While he needs to gain significant weight all the skills are there for him to have an immediate impact. He is outstanding on both ends of the floor. If Bacon and/or Beasley decide to return to Tallahassee for one more season, FSU will have a chance to be an excellent team. Due to Leonard Hamilton’s recent recruiting classes, fans of the Seminoles have a reason to be real exited about the future of the basketball team. FSU is more than just a football school now.
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