Bahamas Bound! FGCU Men's Hoops Begins Foreign Tour on Wednesday
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)
Photo courtesy of Jerry Smith
Photo courtesy of Jerry Smith

Follow Green & Blue’s trip on Social Media

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Following Tuesday’s final practice session, the FGCU men’s basketball players and staff will pack their bags for an early Wednesday morning flight to the Bahamas for a three-game foreign trip against international professional competition in the city of Nassau.

FGCU begins its three games in three days schedule against the Commonwealth Bank Giants on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.

In preparation for the foreign tour, which is only allowed once every four years, FGCU held team practices for nine days leading up to the trip. The Eagles began a string of eight practices in nine days on Monday, July 30 at Alico Arena.

FGCU, who returns all five starters off last year’s squad that won a program Division I record 15 games (15-17), will take on the Mailbot Cybots on August 9, at 7 p.m. and will conclude the three-game swing against the Grand Bahamas All-Stars on Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. All three games will be played at Kendal Issacs Gymnasium in Nassau, a 2,500-seat arena in the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center.

Fans and media can follow the Eagles in the Bahamas through several social media outlets. Live in-game updates will be available on twitter, recaps and postgame interviews on www.FGCUATHLETICS.com, while pictures will also be available on twitter and the team’s Instagram and Facebook pages. A full listing of FGCU men’s basketball’s social media outlets is below.

Twitter: @FGCU_MBB
Facebook: www.facebook/FGCUMBB
Instagram: @FGCU_MBB

The Green and Blue will travel with an eight-man roster which includes seniors Eddie Murray (North Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS) and Sherwood Brown (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS), junior Chase Fieler (Parkersburg, W. Va./Parkersburg South HS), sophomores Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS), Filip Cvjeticanin (Zagreb, Croatia/American School of Madrid) and Bernard Thompson (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS), and freshmen DaJuan Graf (Charlotte, N.C./Phillip O. Berry Academy) and Leonard Livingston (Upper Marlboro, Md./Patterson HS).

FGCU returns 85 percent of its scoring, 84 percent of its rebounding and 92 percent of its assists from the 2011-12 squad that won a program Division I record 15 games and advanced to the A-Sun championship as the No. 6 seed by defeating No. 3 seed USC Upstate and No. 2 seed and host Mercer.