Florida State's Boris Bojanovsky Needs To Toughen Up

By Gregory Philson
Boris Bojanovsky
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Florida State has one of the tallest players in the country with sophomore Boris Bojanovsky standing at 7-foot-3, but the center hardly ever seems that tall with his lack of rebounding and presence inside.

Bojanovsky finally had somewhat of a breakout game with seven blocks against UMass in the Seminoles’ upset victory on Saturday, but it was the only game this season where he has had more than four blocks. Bojanovsky only played 16 minutes in the game and that played a role in his lack of scoring (four points) and rebounding (five rebounds). He does not get a lot of minutes because he usually tires out quickly, is more of liability on defense than his frame would suggest and is not nearly the offensive player he could be.

Bojanovsky is averaging only 6.9 points per game despite posting double-figures in four of his last five games. He does not get a lot of chances to score because he does not demand the ball. He floats around more than a center should and tends to not be aggressive with his defender.

Florida State has a solid resume so far this season with victories over Virginia Commonwealth and UMass, but the Seminoles could definitely get more from Bojanovsky. Florida State’s frontline should be an absolute terror to play offense against with Bojanovsky and  Michael Ojo, a 7-foot-1 center himself, but is still a question mark as the team is led by guard Ian Miller. Okaro White is 6-foot-8 but is more of an athlete than a force of nature.

This leaves Bojanovksy to become more of a defensive force like he was against the Minutemen. If he can bump up his rebounding and blocking numbers, Florida State will be a major factor in the ACC this season.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC college basketball writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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