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ASUN MBB PREDICTIONS 4-6

4. UNF

Unfortunately for Coach Matthew Driscoll, the Ospreys return only one starter from last year’s team: Carter Hendricksen (14.9 ppg). Carter was the leading scorer last season and has plenty to build off in his Junior campaign. Garrett Sams (14.8 ppg), Ivan Gandia-Rosa (13.8 ppg), JT Escobar (11.1 ppg) and Wajid Amiju (11.0 ppg) have all graduated and left the program leaving Carter as the leader of a young team. UNF fell at home in the ASUN semifinals last season to Lipscomb.

Non-Conference:

11/18 @Florida

11/20 @Gonzaga

TBD @USF

11/11 @Texas A&M
Additions:

6’7 F Jonathan Aybar

6’8 G/F Josh Barenbaum

6’7 G Jacob Crews

6’6 G Garrett Hursey

6’10 F Jadyn Parker

6’4 FR G Chaz Lanier
GR 6’7 G Alonde Legrand (sitting out ’21-’22 due to NCAA Transfer rules)

5. FGCU

The Eagles head into the final year of Coach Michael Fly’s three year contract looking for answers, after struggling to a 24-40 record these past two seasons. Zach Scott (10.8 ppg) transferred to McNeese State University, Brian Thomas (2.0 ppg) transferred to Grambling University, and Christian Carlyle transferrred to Santa Clara after a season long injury and these three players were the key players to leave the program. FGCU struggled last season to put away teams in the final minutes of games and this led to the Eagles having to face Lipscomb on the road in the ASUN Quarterfinals at Allen Arena, where Ahsan Asadullah finished with a double double (40 pts, 14 rebounds) and ended FGCU’s season, 68-63. There is no center in the ASUN that can guard Asadullah and he will continue to give FGCU and the rest of the conference fits heading into next season. Caleb Catto (12.7 ppg) returns as a Junior and leading scorer for this team and needs the ball in his hands in the final moment of games. SR G Jalen Warren (10.9 ppg) who took over in the final moments of games vs FAU and JU by hitting game winning shots could also play a vital role if Coach Fly uses him in the right role. How many minutes these freshman guards play is key to the Eagles season. Can they trust SR G Sam Gagliardi to rebound after an awful season after being tagged as a “sharpshooter” from beyond the arc? Plenty of questions for this team and if a few new players click, this team could host an ASUN Quarterfinals postseason game but as of right now they are on the outside looking in.

Non-Conference:
11/13 RHODE ISLAND
11/16 MERCER
Additions:

6’8 F Eli Abaev (Austin Peay)

6’7 F Zach Anderson

6’0 G Dom London
6’3 G Luis Rolon
6’5 G Victor Rosa
6’3 R-SO G Franco Miller Jr (Ole Miss)

6. UNA

UNA is an interesting team since they lost their leading scorer Christian Agnew (12.8 ppg) after he transferrred to UTEP. Coach Pujol brings back Jamari Blackmon who looks to build off a strong Sophomore campagin where he averaged 12.4 ppg. Mervin James (9.9 ppg) will be the big man in the post for the Lions and UNA looks to improve from a 13-17 season that saw them fall on the road as a #6 seed to #3 seed Stetson in the ASUN Quarterfinals.

Non-Conference:

11/10 @Auburn

Additions:
6’3 G Jonathan Breeland Jr
6’5 G Will Soucie
6’6 JR G Isaac Chatman
6’8 F Sawyer Wright

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