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Florida State star opts to enter 2022 NBA draft

After Monday night’s national championship game, the college basketball offseason is officially here. Over the next few weeks, the transfer portal will fill up as players decide between testing the professional waters, looking for a new home or returning to their current schedule.

The Florida State Seminoles are expected to get a makeover this offseason with several passing scholarship players. Guard RayQuan Evans, center Tanor Ngom and guard Justin Lindner all exhausted their eligibility after the 2021-22 season. Reserve big man Quincy Ballard entered the transfer gate after failing to beat a weatherman for a few minutes.

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The future of guard Caleb Mills, center Naheem McLeod and forward John Butler is also unknown at this time. Butler has a legitimate interest in the NBA while McLeod and Mills could seek trades. Things are just up in the air.

One player whose future has become clearer this week is goalkeeper Anthony Polite. After a frustrating campaign that saw a wrist injury force Polite to the sidelines for seven games and plagued him in others, he will declare himself for the 2022 NBA Draft.

There was a possibility that Polite would return to Florida State in 2022. That is now off the table. He’s spent the last five years at the college level and shown NBA scouts just about everything he can. There’s not much else Polite can do in college that will significantly impact his stock for the next level.

The Swiss native is a legitimate 3-and-D prospect, a coveted skill set in the modern NBA. He shot just 32.1% from deep in 2021-22 due to a wrist injury, but Polite is coming off a 2020-21 season where he hit a career-high 43.6% from deep. remote attempts. Polite averaged at least 1.2 steals per game over the past three years, including a career-high 1.5 steals per game in his final season in Tallahassee.

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For his career, the 6-foot-6 guard has played in 107 games with 48 starts. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Polite knocked down 105 three-pointers to a 34.9% five-year clip.

If Polite is unable to break into the NBA, he will have a productive career overseas.

As of now, the only “super senior” the Seminoles are still awaiting a decision from is forward Malik Osborne. Like Polite, Osborne was hampered by injuries last season. He was sidelined for the year at the end of January with a serious ankle problem. It’s honestly admirable that Osborne played on the leg for as long as he did.

The former transfer is still rehabilitating his ankle. It appears he is weighing his options between returning to Florida State or trying to carve out a professional career.

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