FGCU MBB PREVIEW

Additions:

#5 5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin (Duquesne)

BREAKDOWN:

-Averaged 10.2 ppg last season for Duquesne

-Led team in minutes played (30:13 per game) 3 pointers made (31 total, 1.7 per game), and assists (64 total, 3.6 apg). 

-Spent his first season at the University of Tulsa, while his last three seasons were at Duquesne.

-2018-19 Atlantic 10 Sixth Man of the Year

Tavian is a super talented guard that averaged double digits for Duquesne in scoring, but also isn’t selfish with the ball and can dish out assists at a high pace. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him and Rolon playing a true point guard type of role.

#21 6’11 5th C Kevin Samuel (TCU)

BREAKDOWN:

-Averaged 8.8 ppg last season as a Redshirt Junior for the Horned Frogs.

-Ranked 1st in Big 12 for offensive rebounds per game (3.0) and 39th nationally.

-Led Big 12 with 1.7 blocks per game, and averaged 8.8 rebounds per game (3rd in Big 12)

FGCU is getting a game changing center in Kevin, and this completely changed the dynamic of the frontcourt. Samuel is a slasher and offensively is super gifted, but his biggest asset will be grabbing rebounds and dominating the glass. The Eagles have struggled over the past few years in the rebounding department, so this will be a huge improvement bringing a player as talented as Kevin to the program.

#23 6’8 JR F Carlos Rosario (McNeese State)

BREAKDOWN:

-Carlos averaged 12.0 ppg, and 5.5 rpg for McNeese last season.

-He also spent time at Pensacola College before McNeese.

We expect Carlos to be a 1,2 punch with Kevin in the post scoringwise, and he will be another strong addition to the front court for the Eagles. Big men scoring has plagued FGCU for years since the Norelia/Morant days so Carlos will be another strong addition to the squad.

#11 6’1 GR G Matt Halvorsen (Western Carolina)

BREAKDOWN:

-Averaged 8.6 ppg last season for Western Carolina, shot 33.7% from beyond the arc

-Made 297 3 pointers in four years at WCU, 9th most in Southern Conference history

-Led Southern Conference in minutes (36.0 mpg)

The Eagles get another sharp shooter at guard in Matt. It will be great pairing him with Caleb, Cyrus, and the rest of the backcourt. Having someone like Matt could be a gamechanger if he gets hot from beyond the arc.

#32 6’1 SR G Austin Ritchie (Tulsa)

BREAKDOWN:

-Averaged 6.7 ppg. 2.1 rpg last season for Tulsa.

Austin will be more depth as guard for Coach Fly’s team. A solid bench player who can contribute when asked upon. Austin also spent time at Northern Illinois, and Triton College.

Returners (Backcourt):

#1 6’2 SO G Luis Rolon

#2 6’5 SR G Caleb Catto

#3 6’3 R-JR G Franco Miller Jr

#4 6’3 JR G Cyrus Largie

#13 6’5 SO G Victor Rosa

#20 6’6 JR G Chance Jackson

#51 6’2 JR G Lenny Rica

Expectations:

We expect this backcourt to be pretty electric this upcoming season with the returners and incoming talent.

Caleb Catto gets the opportunity to show Eagles faithful he can be the best player on the team at times and we believe it’s time for him to show his full potential. Caleb averaged 13.3 ppg last season finishing right behind Cyrus Largie.

Cyrus Largie’s stock rose drastically last season, as he earned a scholarship and he gave us a lot to look forward to as he took over many games offensively for FGCU. Largie led the Eagles with 13.4 ppg last season and we believe the best is yet to come for this rising star.

Franco Miller Jr (5.7 ppg last year) and Luis Rolon (3.5 ppg last year) both had injury plagued seasons, but when healthy each have roles for FGCU. Rolon channeled his inner Brett Comer, as a true point guard, commanding the offense when healthy. Luis finished with 57 assists in 8 games played so the man can dish the rock!

FGCU still has to win the games in front of them so nothing is given but this upcoming class of players could help the Eagles host a home game even though the ASUN Conference got much deeper with the addition of Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, and Central Arkansas.

Returners (Frontcourt):

#0 6’8 JR F Dakota Rivers

#10 6’7 F Zach Anderson

#15 6’10 R-FR C Andre Weir (hasn’t played but been with team)

Expectations:

It’s hard to forget how strong Dakota Rivers game was last season for the Eagles. He showed glimpses of improvement, whether it was playing strong defense, or hitting huge 3 pointers: especially the dagger vs the University of Miami! His role will be interesting though since Rosario and Samuel were most likely brought over as starters. We love what Dakota brings to the table though so he will carve out a role for himself on the court.

Zach Anderson played well as a freshman, averaging 2.8 ppg, and 4.5 rpg. Zach played pesky defense too with 11 steals last season.

We haven’t seen Andre Weir in a game yet for the Eagles, but he is another big man to have in the post when healthy.

Coaching Staff:

The coaching staff has gained Assistant Coach Kevin Sutton, joining the Eagles from Rhode Island. He has 36 years of coaching experience, including at both the high school and collegiate level.

Assistant Coach Joey Cantens has left the program, after being hired by Daytona State College, to lead their basketball program as Head Coach. Also, Associate Head Coach Donnie Marsh is no longer with the FGCU program.

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