FORT MYERS, Fla., - FGCU Men's Head Basketball Coach Dave Balza has announced the signing of another transfer. Kyle Marks, who will have two seasons remaining, transfers in from Nebraska and will redshirt this season.
“Kyle is a tremendous athlete and will help our frontcourt,” stated Balza. “It will be important for us to have a veteran like Kyle next season because we lose seven seniors off of our 2007-08 team. Kyle will be a great asset to us during the 2008-09 season.”
Marks, a 6-7, 230 forward from Deerfield Beach, Fla., appeared in 18 games as a sophomore at Nebraska for the 17-14 Cornhuskers. Marks knocked down %60.0 of his field goal attempts and averaged 2.0 points per game and just over one rebound per contest. He averaged just over seven minutes per contest. During his freshman season, Marks appeared in 24 contests, averaging 1.0 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. He shot over %50.0 from the floor and 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) from the charity stripe. He also had three blocked shots and four steals.
Marks averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocks per game as a senior at Dwyer High School. Playing for Coach Fred Ross, Marks helped Dwyer to a 28-5 record as a senior and its second straight Class 5A state title. Marks finished his career as the school's all-time leader in blocks with 275. He earned all-conference honors in 2005 and was selected first-team all-state by the coaches association and third-team all-state by the Florida Sports Writers Association. He was also named first-team all-county by the Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel, and was the winner of the FHSAA dunk contest. Marks averaged 12 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots for Dwyer as a junior. He helped Dwyer to a 25-3 record in 2004 and the Class 5A state title. After a successful prep career, Marks was a highly recruited prospect and received interest from Florida and Florida State and several other schools.
The Eagles are coming off of a 27-6 campaign in their final year as a Division II independent and join Division I and the Atlantic Sun Conference. FGCU returns eight letterwinners and four starters in their inaugural season in the A-Sun.