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FSU needs to be patient with Bojanovsky

4/25/2012

I got the chance to see Florida State's newest commit, 7-foot-3 center Boris Bojanovsky (Slovakia/Canarias Basketball Academy), and while he has undeniable long-term potential, it’s unlikely that Bojanovsky will be ready to contribute next season.

After watching him play in three games at the National Prep School Invitational in Rhode Island, I can tell you that his extreme size can automatically change the complexion of a basketball game, but Bojanovsky’s biggest problems center around his difficulties playing through contact thanks to his lean frame and high center of gravity.

He struggles to establish, and hold position, on both ends of the floor right now and certainly shouldn’t be expected to do that in the ACC.

Having said that, if Florida State fans can be patient with the big man, chances are he’ll pay dividends down the road. You simply can’t teach size of his magnitude, and given a year or two to gain weight and adjust to the physicality of the American game, Bojanovsky’s physical presence on the defensive end alone could totally alter opposing team’s ability to attack off the dribble.

Offensively, he has touch and dexterity that can’t be taught. Right now, opposing defenses would simply be able to get under him and push him off his sweet spots, but once he puts on that muscle and is able to get low-post touches, opposing defenses are likely going to have to double down, which Bojanovsky should eventually be able to handle given his instinctive poise in the post and an already-present passing instinct.

If Florida State can afford to redshirt him that would probably be an ideal scenario, but moving forward the raw big man has all the tools and talent to develop into a real game-changer for coach Leonard Hamilton and Florida State.