November 16, 2018 – by
Women’s Hoops Adds Highly-Touted Wing Sammie Puisis
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – One of the best high school shooters in the country has signed with the Florida State Women’s Basketball program. Wing player and five-star signee Sammie Puisis, versatile enough to be a guard or forward at 6-foot-1, will be another member of FSU’s highly-talented 2019 class.
Puisis is rated 37th overall by ESPNW Hoopgurlz and seventh at her position. The Mason, Ohio, native who attends William Mason High School is considered one of the elite shooters not just in her state but across the country.
As a junior, Puisis shot almost 42 percent from 3-point range, and averaged 16.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 1.4 assists for the Comets. She is a two-time Greater Miami Conference Player of the Year.
“The first time I saw Sammie play, I knew I wanted her in our program,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “She is one of those uniquely special players that you don’t find every year. She is a pure shooter who can pass and score on many levels. She’s valuable at both ends of the floor with her athletic ability, length and IQ. Sammie is an extremely talented player from Ohio, a state which has produced some exceptional talent for us over the years. I can’t wait to have her as a part of our Seminole Family.”
Ohio Girls Basketball Report Associate Director Bryce McKey recently said Puisis is “one of the elite shooters in the country, if not the best shooter in the country.”
Puisis joins future teammate River Baldwin, who signed with the Seminoles on Wednesday, as FSU’s representatives on the prestigious 2019 Naismith Watch List. The pair are two of just 50 high school girls basketball players across the country on the list.
The Seminoles have boasted three All-Americans from the state of Ohio, including current associate head coach Brooke Wyckoff (West Chester), Cierra Bravard (Sandusky) and two-time WNBA Champion Natasha Howard (Toledo). Current freshman forward and reigning ACC Rookie of the Week Valencia Myers is from Solon, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland.
Puisis has developed a solid reputation for being an unselfish player who is very coachable, according to her current coach Rob Matula at William Mason High. In her junior season she dropped 38 points against Hamilton, which included going 7-of-10 from long distance.
While Florida is quite a distance from her hometown of Mason, Ohio, she has family ties to the Sunshine State. Her older sister Katie is a junior beach volleyball player at FGCU, and her older brother Eddie is a sophomore men’s basketball player at Nova Southeastern.
“I chose Florida State because I built amazing relationships with the coaches,” Puisis said. “They didn’t just treat me like a recruit; they treated me like family. When I visited there for the first time I felt at home. I knew it was where I wanted to spend the next four years.”
Puisis is a two-time Associated Press All-State performer in 2017 and 2018. She picked the Seminoles over Xavier, Ohio State, Arkansas, Michigan State, Purdue and Wisconsin among several others.
As a sophomore, she connected on 50 percent of her shots from deep and averaged 16.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.9 steals. She announced her commitment to the Seminoles on Sept. 3, 2017.