Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton had his team rolling before the 2019-20 season was canceled due to COVID-19. The Seminoles snatched the ACC regular-season crown and were slotted as a two-seed in ESPN’s Joe Lunardi’s bracketology before the pandemic halted play.
Hamilton looks to keep the momentum rolling into next season. Five-star forward Scottie Barnes is set to arrive on campus this fall, while key contributors M.J. Walker, Anthony Polite, Malik Osborne, and Balsa Koprivica return.
On the recruiting front, FSU’s 2021 class has the gears churning. Bryce McGowens, a four-star from Wren High School in Piedmont, South Carolina, committed to Florida State in February 2020. The shooting guard has the scoring bug and dropped 65 points in a second-round State Tournament game this past February.
Bryce McGowens’ 65-Point Game
McGowens erupted as the ball was tipped. He scored 19 in the first quarter and 40 by halftime. He needed half of the third quarter to reach 65 and break the school’s single-game record of 52.
The rim looked like the ocean that night. McGowens is a big, athletic guard who can get to the bucket. He consistently finishes with strength. He has a natural feel for the game that serves as a vehicle for finding the open man and positioning himself well on the court. The four-star has a smooth stroke. He can shoot from beyond the arc off the catch or dribble. Once he establishes the three-ball, he opens up his mid-range game.
McGowens led Wren to the South Carolina Class AAAA semi-finals where they lost to eventual champion Ridge View.
McGowens Committed Florida State
McGowens is the 35th rated recruit in the country according to 247Sports‘ Composite Rankings. Before he committed to FSU on February 8, 2020, he considered Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Iona, Iowa State, Maryland, Mercer, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Presbyterian, Providence, South Carolina, South Carolina Upstate, St. John’s, TCU, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Wichita State, and Xavier.
Bryce’s older brother, Trey McGowens, played the first two years of his NCAA career at Pittsburgh and transferred to Nebraska in April 2020.
The Wren guard has the scoring ability, poise, and basketball IQ to have a successful college basketball career. Hamilton snagged a good one, and a player worth taking the team’s reigns.