FNU/FGCU PREVIEW

Fort Myers, FL- FGCU begins the 2021-22 season at home vs Florida National University (1-1), Tuesday night at 7:30 PM from Alico Arena.

Players To Watch For (FGCU):

6’5 SR G Caleb Catto

-13.3 ppg as a JR last season for Eagles. ASUN All-Academic Team last season.

-Ranks 10th all time in career three-point field goals made (129)

6’11 5th C Kevin Samuel

-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)

-ASUN Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

6’3 JR G Cyrus Largie

-13.4 ppg last season as a SO for the Eagles

-Ranked 10th in ASUN in rebounds per game (6.1 rpg) and 12th overall in points per game (13.4 ppg) last season

Overview:

Year 4 under Head Coach Michael Fly is upon us, as the Eagles look to build off a disappointing ASUN Semifinal loss to UNA, and while this team lost some familiar faces, they have added some really great players to the mix. This looks to be a really balanced team that can defend and shoot from beyond the arc.

Caleb Catto and Cyrus Largie look to build off strong offensive seasons and are joined by sharpshooter 6’1 GR G Matt Halvorsen (12.1 ppg, Western Carolina, ’20-21) who can light it up from anywhere on the court, along with 5’8 GR G Tavian Dunn-Martin (10.2 ppg, Duquesne, ’20-21). A healthy year for SO G Luis Rolon would be massive, because he plays the game like a true point guard, and is explosive when the ball is in his hands. 6’8 JR F Carlos Rosario (12.0 ppg, McNeese State, ’20-21) and 5th year Center Kevin Samuel (8.8 ppg, TCU, ’20-21) are huge additions that join a front court that includes Dakota Rivers (6.9 ppg, ’20-21) and Zach Anderson (2.8 ppg).

There are plenty of players to watch for Tuesday night, and as another NCAA basketball season approaches us, an expanded ASUN Conference that includes ASUN Newcomers: Central Arkansas, Jacksonville State University, and Eastern Kentucky, along with a full conference slate brings us back to some normalcy this season!

Prediction:

FGCU 85 FNU 55

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