Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
Head Coach: Andy Enfield (Year 2)
2011-12 Finish: 6th in the Atlantic Sun. (8-10 conference, 15-17 overall.)
New Additions 2012-13
|Fr.||G||Alexander Blessig||6-3||185||Berlin Germany||Theodolinden-Gymnasium|
|Fr.||G||Dajuan Graf||6-0||165||Charlotte NC||Phillip O. Berry Academy|
|Fr.||F/C||Leonard Livingston||6-9||190||Baltimore MD||Patterson HS|
New Additions Redshirting 2012-13
|rJr.||C||Nate Hicks||6-10||218||Panama City FL||Georgia Tech|
|rJr.||G||Jamail Jones||6-6||210||Atlanta GA||Marquette|
Roster Breakdown: FGCU returns 7 key contributors from last season which includes their four top scorers. They are a young team that is positioned nicely to contend for the Atlantic Sun Championship.
Biggest Addition: They have added 6’8” Iowa State transfer Eric McKnight to the active roster. McKnight didn’t fare very well in his freshman season at Iowa State, but he had offers from Indiana, Maryland, Missouri and Wake Forest coming out of high school so he was highly touted. He transferred in order to get more playing time because of Iowa State’s young and talented front court.
Biggest Loss: In a literal sense, the biggest loss was center Kevin Cantinol, but the real loss is Dante Holmes. Coming in as a freshman last year, Holmes averaged 8.4 points per game and showed a real promising future. Head Coach Andy Enfield said upon the mutual decision to part ways that it is best for him to redshirt and concentrate on his academics for a year.
Impact Freshman: Dajuan Graf turned down offers from Charlotte, Elon and Jacksonville before choosing FGCU. He will become FGCU’s backup point guard and provide them with an explosive player in three guard sets.
Breakout Star: Sophomore point guard Brett Comer gets the nod here. He averaged 9.1 points and 5.6 assists per game as a freshman and will only get better with time. He must improve his three point shooting and cut down on his turnovers but both are reasonable things to ask. Comer shot 6 of 12 from behind the arc during FGCU’s summer tournament in the Bahamas.
Nobody leads the conference in assists by accident, especially as a first year player. It will be interesting to see how Comer builds on his freshman season.
Analysis: Florida Gulf Coast is an up and coming program under second year Head Coach Andy Enfield. He brought in a handful of very good recruits in his first year on the job and we see no reason why that won’t continue. FGCU is here to stay.Follow @KSUOwlHowl