Meet Milan Schimmel

Milan Schimmel, a 5’8 Senior Guard transferred to FGCU from the University of Cincinnati, where she played her Junior year.

STATS:

Junior year at UC:

-Played in 14 games, started 12 games

-Averaged 5.7 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, 3.6 assists per game, 1.1 blocks per game last year

-Scored career high 15 pts vs Memphis

Sophomore Season at Eastern Florida State College:

-Started 30 games, averaged 14.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg

Freshman Season at Hutchinson Community College:

-Started 37 games, averaged 6.7 assists per game, 3.8 rebounds per game

Overview:

Milan provides more depth for Coach Smesko at guard. This team is super deep at guard and that will be vital, now that the season will be a full schedule for the Eagles.

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Additions:

#0 5’6 SR G Kaela Webb (Detroit Mercy)

-Averaged 17.7 ppg last season for Detroit Mercy

-3rd team All-Horizon Team

-Scored a career high 29 pts last year vs Toledo

-Played at Providence from 2018-2020

#10 5’7 GR G Kendall Spray (Clemson)

-Averaged 10.3 ppg for Clemson last season

-Kendall has scored 531 career points. She is ranked 34th among all active Division I players in total points.

-She went 69-for-189 (.365) from long distance over 26 games last season from beyond the arc.
 

-Awards include ACC All-Academic Team, ACC All Academic Team

-Spent two years at UT-Martin before transferring to Clemson University.

#23 5’7 GR G Karli Seay (LSU)

Breakdown:

-Appeared in 74 games for LSU over the past three years, averaging 3.2 ppg.

-Spent two years of prep at Homewood-Flossmor

Returners:

#1 6’1 JR G Kierstan Bell

-Averaged 24.3 ppg, 10.6 rpg, and 2.7 apg last season in her first year at FGCU.

-WBCA Honorable Mention All American, AP Honorable Mention All American, ASUN Player of the Year (unanimous), ASUN Newcomer of the Year (unanimous), First team All-ASUN (unanimous), 10x ASUN Newcomer of the Week, 6x ASUN Player of the Week, ASUN Tournament MVP, ASUN All Tournament Team

#3 6’1 GR G/F Andrea Cecil

-Averaged 5.7 ppg last season in her first year at FGCU

#4 5’3 SR G TK Morehouse

-Averaged 17.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.7 apg in her first year at FGCU.

-First team All-ASUN (unanimous), ASUN Player of the Week, 2x ASUN Newcomer of the Week, ASUN All-Tournament Team, Gulf Coast Showcase All-Tournament Team

#5 5’6 JR G Aaliyah Stanley

-Averaged 9.6 ppg in her first year at FGCU.

-ASUN All Tournament Team

#11 5’10 SO G/F Maddie Antenucci

-Averaged 4.7 ppg in only 7 games played due to injury.

#13 5’9 GR G Kerstie Phills (opted out due to COVID-19 last year)

-Averaged 7.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg (2019-20 season). Has played 2 seasons at FGCU overall.

#15 5’8 R-SR G Tyra Cox

-Averaged 9.3 ppg last season, which was her 3rd year of playing at FGCU.

#20 5’11 SR G/F Tanner Bryant

-Averaged 2.8 ppg last season in her 3rd year at FGCU.

#21 6’0 R-SO G Kierra Adams

-Averaged 1.3 ppg last year at FGCU in her first year with the program.

#24 5’9 SO G Seneca Hackley

-Averaged 4.2 ppg last year in her first season at FGCU.

#32 5’10 R-SR G Emma List

-Averaged 7.2 ppg and 4.0 rpg in her 2nd year at FGCU.

Expectations:

Expect this to be the one of the best teams FGCU has ever put together. Kierstan and TK return set on dominating the ASUN Conference once again, with Kendall Spray, Karli Seay, and Kaela Webb adding to as deep of a team that you’ll ever see under Coach Smesko. Kerstie Phills returns after opting out of last season, and adds even more depth to this team. Aaliyah Stanley played some big minutes last season when Tyra Cox was hurt, and had some huge games for FGCU. We have run out of adjectives to describe this team, get to Alico Arena and watch this team dominate the competition!

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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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