FSU basketball still has a few spots left in its 2020 recruiting class. Did they just offer a hidden gem from North Carolina in Quincy Ballard?
FSU basketball head coach Leonard Hamilton has two players signed for the 2020 recruiting cycle and has room for 2-3 more.
Hamilton had an interview with Noles247’s Chris Nee and said they were turning over every rock in trying to fill those remaining spots.
They may have found one of those pieces in seven-footer Quincy Ballard who hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, by way of Syracuse, New York.
This one could be a Leonard Hamilton special as Ballard only has two other offers in UNC-Asheville and Missouri State.
Here are few clips of him in action:
7ft 246lbs Hidden Gem (Quincy Ballard) 2020 pic.twitter.com/9QwPaZOg0E
— Regina Ballard (@Ginacballard) March 25, 2020
A Q thought – It doesn’t matter where or how you start but where and how you finish! Quincy Ballard 7ft 246 lbs of heart and steel! pic.twitter.com/iMv4occtmO
— Regina Ballard (@Ginacballard) March 24, 2020
The Noles lost seven-footer Dominick Olejniczak as he exhausted eligibility after transferring from Ole Miss. However, they do have former four-star Balsa Koprivica who appeared in 27 games this past season and averaged 4.7 ppg as a true freshman.
Ballard is athletic with imposing size who could be the next great rim protector the Noles have lacked since Christ Koumadje. He’s also good at crashing the boards while being active without the ball.
He fits the role of some of the big men Hamilton would bring into the program years ago, players that were raw and athletic who evolved into productive players for the program though not highly recruited out of high school.
Ballard has no composite ranking right now as he only starting playing organized basketball a few years ago. It’s a solid offer at this stage in the game, and Hamilton and staff have proven they can evaluate and develop talent.
We’ll see where this one goes, but Ballard would be a nice addition to Scottie Barnes and Sardaar Calhoun in the 2020 recruiting class.