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Sunday / September 20.
  • Jalen Warley adds to Florida State’s No. 1 recruiting class

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Florida State already had the No. 1-ranked recruiting class for the Class of 2021 entering the weekend.

    Now the Seminoles class is even stronger.

    Jalen Warley, the 6-foot-6, 195-pound combo guard from Westtown (PA) and Team Durant AAU, committed to FSU on Sunday, he told ZAGSBLOG ahead of his public announcement.

    “I just feel like I had a really good relationship not only with the head coach but with the whole staff,” he said. “And I felt like not only was I wanted, but I was needed and I’m a piece to a bigger puzzle.”

    He also considered Memphis, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Louisville, Miami, LSU, Virginia and Maryland.

    Warley has not yet visited the campus due to the pandemic, and communicated virtually with coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff.

    “I have not [visited],” he said. “Honestly, I’ve wrestled with this decision a lot but I’ve had a good feeling about them for a while and a lot of this is just excitement for that class that they’re bringing in. And kind of just coach Hamilton’s plan for me.”

    Warley joins the No. 1 class per 247 that already includes shooting guards Matthew Cleveland and Bryce McGowens and bigs John Butler and Naheem McLeod.

    “I’m super-excited,” Warley said. “I feel like the kids that we have coming in are not only good individually but I feel they all complement each other. We’ll be able to flourish so I’m so super-excited.”

    Warley averaged 13 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds last season at Westtown under coach Seth Berger.

    “As much as he improved in the last couple of years, his best is still ahead of him” Berger said. “He’s going to be a superstar in college and in the NBA.”

    As for his role at FSU, Warley said, “I’m just going to be a basketball player. I’ll have the freedom of playing on the ball and off the ball, so I’ll be able to emulate a lot of what I do at the high school level and just kind of take it on to the national stage.”

    Photo: 247Sports.com

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.