BFT: Well, it's not like
FSU was scoring a whole lot of points in the first place. Obviously
Solomon was a focal point of the offense. With his departure that role
will probably fall to Xavier Gibson. And then you have Jon Kreft in
there most likely for defense, and Bernard James who scored a lot and
rebounded a lot at TCC. So replacing Solomon's points will most likely
be by a committee of big men. And I would not overlook the improvement
possibilities of Chris Singleton and definitely Michael Snaer. This also
may get incoming freshman Ian Miller, who is known as a shooter, more
involved in the offense earlier than usual. Same goes for Okaro White.
In other words, right now Leonard Hamilton has options. Far better than
Who can come close to replacing Alabi's rebounding and inside scoring threat?
How will Alabi's departure change Hamilton's offense next year?
BFT: Probably a little. Every year every coach
goes through some adjustments because personnel is always changing. FSU
changed from a Toney Douglas led offense two seasons ago to one that
utilized the 'Noles front court strength. Where that focus will be will
depend on practices come next October. But you can bet the staff has
already been meeting to discuss what adjustments they will make.
Worst case scenario, did FSU just become an also-ran next season?BFT: I doubt that. Hamilton has made progress just about every season. And with a solid core even without Alabi and the number of ACC underclassmen that have left for the NBA, Florida State will have a good opportunity to be in the upper level of the ACC once again.