5 Florida State basketball players to watch during March Madness starting with UNC Greensboro

Antwan Staley
Tallahassee Democrat

Now that a challenging regular-season is over, Florida State (15-4, 11-4 in ACC) is now preparing for its run in the NCAA Tournament. 

The Seminoles and head coach Leonard Hamilton have a roster full of talented players. But who are the ones who could potentially step up when the stakes are high, and FSU needs a key shot in the final minutes?

While some may know a few of the key players on the Seminoles roster, there are a couple of names that might not be as familiar. 

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Here's a look at five must-know names on the Seminoles roster who could potentially make a name for themselves in March: 

RaiQuan Gray, forward

Gray has been the Seminoles' best player this season as he is averaging a career-high 12.4 points per game. He is also shooting a career-best 53% from the field and a career-best 79% from the free-throw line. Gray will enter the ACC Tournament, having scored in double figures in 12 consecutive games. He was recently named to the All-ACC Third Team. 

M.J. Walker, guard

M.J. Walker, Florida State vs. Miami, January 27, 2021

Walker is the Seminoles' leading scorer this season as he is averaging 13.1 points per game. He is also shooting 44.1% from beyond the arch while converting 81.5% percent of his free throws. This season, Walker has scored in double figures in 14 games during his senior season at FSU. Walker was an All-ACC Second Team selection after averaging a career-high in points, rebounds (2.6), and assists per game (2.4). 

Scottie Barnes, guard

In just his first season at Tallahassee, Barnes certainly made a name for himself. After being the highest-rated FSU recruit in the modern era (0.9979 according to the 247Sports composite), Barnes lived up to expectations this season as he's averaging 10.4 points scored per game, along with 4.3 assists per game. Barnes is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft by multiple publications. 

Balsa Koprivica, center

After he averaged 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds as a freshman, Koprivica elevated his game during his sophomore season. Koprivica is FSU's fifth-leading scorer this season as he is averaging 8.7 points per game along with 5.4 rebounds. This season, Koprivica has worked on different aspects of his game, including his long-range shooting. With Gray, Walker, and Barnes likely to be heavily scouted by opponents, Koprivica could have more scoring opportunities during tournament time. 

Anthony Polite, guard

While FSU has other scoring options this season, Polite has been a solid contributor. He is averaging 9.6 points per game, which is fourth on the Seminoles. Polite also leads FSU in three-point percentage as he is converting 45% of his attempts from beyond the arch. His career-high is 15 points against Gardner-Webb back on Dec. 21. 

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