Former Florida State men’s basketball guard Anthony Polite is preparing for his professional career and received an invitation to train for the Washington Wizards on June 7.
Washington has the No. 10 and No. 54 selections in the 2022 NBA Draft. The Wizards may be interested in Polite at No. 54, but may also be interested in signing him as an undrafted free agent and at the to have on their Summer League roster.
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From 2017-22, Polite has started 48 of his 107 career games in Tallahassee. He averaged a career-high 10.1 points per game in 2020-21. He also had a career-high 43% from the 3-point line during that season.
Polite helped Florida State win the 2020 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship and reach the NCAA Tournament three of its five seasons (2020 NCAA Tournament canceled due to COVID-19). At the 2021 NCAA Tournament, Polite and the No. 3 seeded Seminoles faced No. 6 seeded Colorado in the Round of 16. Polite scored 22 points and added five rebounds and four assists in the 71-53 victory.
At 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, Polite has played both guard positions during his Florida State career. He operated as one of Noles’ primary ball handlers, but also played off the ball.
Polite became increasingly active as a defender under head coach Leonard Hamilton. In his last three seasons, Polite averaged at least one flight per contest and reached over 30 flights in each of those years.
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Polite joins forward/center John Butler, center Tanor Ngom and forward Malik Osborne as former Seminoles in this year’s draft class.
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In a mock draft completed by NBADraft.Net, Butler is thrown to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round at No. 40 overall. Polite, Ngom and Osborne are not expected to be drafted.
The 2022 NBA Draft will take place on June 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Brooklyn.
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