Florida State's Montay Brandon is One of the Most Improved Players in the ACC

By Joe Atmonavage
David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Montay Brandon is off to a very productive start for the Florida State Seminoles. The 6-foot-7 sophomore forward has been a big contribution to the Seminoles’ surprising start of the 2013-14 season.

Brandon is averaging 11.4 points per game to go along with 6.4 rebounds through five games. The numbers are not eye-popping, but the second year player has looked much more comfortable and improved from last season.

Last year, Brandon saw big minutes starting 22 games. However, he was not much of a difference maker. He averaged 3.9 points per game along with almost two rebounds in 20 minutes a game. In his freshman year, he struggled with turnovers and shooting the basketball at a high rate. He had 62 turnovers last year compared to 47 assists and struggled with having the ball in his hands for Leonard Hamilton’s team. Brandon shot 42 percent from the field last season.

It has only been five games, but it is apparent that Brandon will be one of the most improved players in the entire ACC this year. He has looked much more comfortable handling the basketball as well as scoring the basketball. Brandon has been scoring the basketball in a variety of ways. He uses his length and quickness to score easy buckets around the rim. His size creates matchup problems for other teams, which frees up other players like Ian Miller and Devon Bookert. He has been monumental in Florida State’s early success.

In Florida State’s upset win over then No. 10 ranked VCU, Brandon did a little bit of everything to help the Seminoles shock the college basketball world in their 85-67 win earlier this week. He hit floaters and attacked the relentless VCU defense to end up with 14 points as well as 10 rebounds.

Brandon may not be an All-ACC player this year, but the leap he has made from his freshman to the beginning of this season is something worth keeping an eye on as he and the Seminoles look to keep surprising people.

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