Scouting the ASUN: FGCU

Sherwood Brown
Sherwood Brown
Sherwood Brown-2011-12 2nd-team all-ASUN

FGCU Mercer and USCU made a name for themselves with post season tournament wins, so it is easy to forget that FGCU beat them both in the ASun tournament.  They came on strong for new coach Andy Enfield behind 2 All-Freshmen guards (Bernard Thompson and Brett Comer).  They lose only role player Kevin Cantinol and a third freshman guard (Dante Holmes).  Cantinol will be replaced in post by Iowa State transfer sophomore Eric McKnight who was a highly touted, super athletic 6’9” player coming out of high school, (3 star, rated 91 by ESPN, highest of any ASun athlete).   McKnight ought to do far better than Cantinol’s 2.8 points and 3.0 rebounds.  They have lots of good shooters but are perimeter heavy, outside of McKnight, with no strong, physical 3 or 4 types to fill the gap between four very skilled  6’3” and under guards and the 6’9” McKnight.  6’8” players Fieler and Murray play soft, and 6’9” Filip Cvjeticanin is sort of like a European Kenyona Swader:  very long at 6’9”, athletic, with a fantastic perimeter shot (56-130 for .431 from 3), but not strong inside.  One or two of those 3 need to develop more inside game.  Anthony Banks, one of the best athletes in the ASun left the team when coach Andy Enfield arrived, and would have filled that inside gap very nicely at a superbly athletic 6’6”.  But he’s long gone.   The inside gap should be filled nicely in 2013-2014 as 2 very promising transfers, 6’10” Nate Hicks of Georgia Tech and 6’6” 210 Jamail Jones of Marquette, become eligible.     Dajuan Graf is being touted as the prize recruit as a speedy point guard:  http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/aug/01/mens-basketball-fgcu-will-chart-new-course-graf-po/       Recruiting includes 6’9” 190 freshman Leonard Livingston (said to be a redshirt candidate).  6’3” freshman guard Alex Blessig arrives from Germany but faces a crowded guard scene.   The team took 7 men on a summer trip to the Bahamas (McKnight and Varidel did not go, although top recruit Graf did), crushing 3 weak opponents.   Lots of enthusiasm seems to surround this program, one of the most improved in the ASun.

2012-2013 FGCU Roster

0 Brett Comer G 6-3 188 So. Winter Park, Fla. Winter Park HS
1 Nate Hicks F/C 6-10 218 Jr. Panama City Beach, Fla. J.R. Arnold HS/Georgia Tech
2 Bernard Thompson G 6-3 165 So. Conyers, Ga. Rockdale County HS
3 Alexander Blessig G 6-3 185 Fr. Berlin, Germany Theodolinden-Gymnasium
5 Christophe Varidel G 6-3 175 Jr. Versoix, Switzerland Worcester Academy (Mass.)
10 Matt Yance G 6-5 200 R-Fr. Fort Myers, Fla. Fort Myers HS
11 Jamail Jones G 6-6 210 Jr. Atlanta, Ga. Montverde Academy/Marquette
12 Eric McKnight F 6-9 205 R-So. Raleigh, N.C. Princeton Day Academy/Iowa State
15 Filip Cvjeticanin F 6-9 210 So. Zagreb, Croatia American School of Madrid
20 Chase Fieler F 6-8 219 Jr. Parkersburg, W. Va. Parkersburg South HS
21 Leonard Livingston F/C 6-9 190 Fr. Upper Marlboro, Md. Patterson HS
23 Eddie Murray F 6-8 210 R-Sr. North Fort Myers, Fla. Bishop Verot HS
24 Marcus Blake F 6-7 201 R-So. Miami, Fla. American Heritage HS
25 Sherwood Brown G 6-4 199 Sr. Orlando, Fla. Olympia HS
35 Dajuan Graf G 6-0 165 Fr. Charlotte, N.C. Phillip O. Berry Academy

2011-2012 FGCU Results

RECORD:  OVERALL  HOME  AWAY  NEUTRAL 
ALL GAMES (15-17) (9-5) (4-11) (2-1)
CONFERENCE (8-10) (4-5) (4-5) (0-0)
NON-CONFERENCE (7-7) (5-0) (0-6) (2-1)

2011-2012 FGCU Stats

Player GP MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%
Sherwood Brown 28 27.0 12.8 5.9 0.8 1.2 0.4 1.2 .477 .727 .369
Bernard Thompson 32 27.5 11.5 5.2 2.2 1.8 0.1 2.7 .443 .644 .379
Christophe Varidel 32 21.5 9.2 2.5 0.9 0.8 0.2 1.3 .416 .873 .420
Brett Comer 32 28.3 9.1 3.7 5.6 1.3 0.0 4.3 .440 .685 .234
Dante Holmes 28 21.0 8.4 2.3 0.7 1.1 0.1 2.1 .469 .636 .277
Filip Cvjeticanin 32 15.4 6.8 1.8 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.6 .447 .643 .431
Chase Fieler 32 24.6 6.8 4.4 1.9 0.8 1.2 1.3 .476 .667 .333
Eddie Murray 32 22.3 6.5 3.9 0.5 0.6 0.9 0.6 .588 .700 .308
Kevin Cantinol 31 15.2 2.8 3.0 0.4 0.4 0.7 0.9 .363 .378 .000
Marcus Blake 9 3.2 1.0 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.0 .500 .429 .000
Zachery Christian 2 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.000 .000 .000
Ed Rolax 24 5.6 1.0 0.9 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3 .318 .625 .444
Totals 32 72 35 13 8 4 15 .456 .673 .374

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.