The Florida State men’s basketball team remains scorching hot on the recruiting trail.
The Seminoles added to their top-ranked 2021 recruiting class Sunday, when five-star combo guard Jalen Warley announced on CBS Sports HQ that he is committing to FSU.
The 6-foot-4 guard chose FSU over other finalists Michigan, Virginia, Oregon, Memphis and Miami.
His message to FSU fans right after committing?
“Be prepared for a national championship.”
Warley, the No. 23 overall recruit and No. 3 combo guard in the 2021 class, becomes the Seminoles’ highest-rated 2021 commit. The Norristown, Pennsylvania, native is the fourth Top-60 recruit and the third Top-50 recruit in the Seminoles’ 2021 class.
Rated a 0.9907 according to the 247Sports composite rankings, Warley is the seventh-highest-rated FSU basketball commit in the modern era, narrowly beating out 2019 signee Patrick Williams.
Warley is the third player to commit to FSU’s 2021 class in the last three weeks. Four-star shooting guard Matthew Cleveland committed to FSU July 21 and four-star center John Butler followed suit July 29.
He’s the latest member of Leonard Hamilton’s stellar class that stands out by a wide margin as the best in his tenure at FSU.
“A lot of it is about the kind of coach he is,” Warley said. “I think he’s a really special person and a really genuine guy. I used the pandemic as a great opportunity to grow my relationship with him, get to know him not just on the basketball side but as a person.”
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Before his addition, the Seminoles already had the best 2021 recruiting class in the nation. The addition of Warley to the class only separates FSU further from the rest of the country.
CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander said FSU’s lead for the top 2021 recruiting class may be insurmountable.
Five-star 2021 combo guard Jalen Warley just announced on @CBSSportsHQ that he will attend Florida State in 2021. The Seminoles have the No. 1-rated class in college basketball for 2021 and it might be an insurmountable lead for every other school.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) August 9, 2020
Warley admitted the prestigious class FSU had already landed played a role in his decision.
“It definitely factored into things,” Warley said. “I’m really excited about my fellow class members. I think we’re going to be very successful and play together at a high level. I’m super excited about the class we’re bringing in.”
What it means for FSU
Warley is a capable point guard, something FSU was lacking in its 2021 class before his addition.
He can defend multiple positions — a necessity for Hamilton’s system — and play on or off the ball. He can score at all levels, showing a consistent outside jumper as well as a strong ability to drive and finish at the rim.
“He’s a really nice prospect. One of the most gifted players in the class of 2021,” CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish said ahead of the decision.
“Combo guard who can dribble, pass and shoot, has a high basketball IQ. Maybe not a top-shelf athlete but certainly a good enough athlete.
“Assuming he lands in the right spot and develops at the rate he’s been developing since he’s been in high school, you’re talking about somebody who has a chance to be an impactful player as a freshman at the high-major level and then yes, someday, perhaps play in the NBA.”
At 6-foot-4, 175 pounds, he’ll probably need to add some muscle to his wiry frame. Regardless, he’ll be another member of the Seminoles’ loaded 2021 class who can make an instant impact upon his arrival next summer.
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