Men's Basketball Trio Pick up Degrees
Monday, May 03, 2010
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - George Erkvania, Kyle Marks, and Derrick O'Neil all picked up their college degrees on Saturday, May 2.

“I have always been proud of our three seniors, but never more so than when I watched all of them walk across the stage and get their diplomas," said Head Coach Dave Balza. "They have been mainstays in our program, and I am sad to see them go, but this was a great day for each of them and their families. Congratulations to George, Kyle & Derrick!"  

George Erkvania from Tblisi, Republic of Georgia, Bachelor of Science in Business Management
George, a native of Tbilisi, Georgia Republic, was named to the Georgian National Under-20 team prior to his collegiate career. He came to FGCU after spending a year at Southeastern CC and a year at Pensacola Junior College. He has appeared in 22 games, making a pair of starts. The first start of his FGCU career came at Kansas on Nov. 18, 2008. George’s career at FGCU was prematurely cut short by a season ending knee injury just days before the season opener at Michigan State.

Kyle Marks from West Palm Beach, FL, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies
Kyle came to FGCU after spending two years at the University of Nebraska. He has started 50 of the 59 games in his two years for the Blue and Green. Kyle earned A-Sun All-Academic honors last season, after posting a 4.0 GPA in the spring semester. He has scored over 450 points, grabbed more than 300 rebounds and has blocked more than 70 shots in his FGCU career. Kyle is currently FGCU’s leader in blocks in a single season and blocks in a career.

Derrick O’Neil from Moreno Valley, CA, Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Derrick came to FGCU after spending two years at Florida Community College. He has started 50 of the 58 games in his two years for the Blue and Green. Derrick earned A-Sun Player of the Week honors on Dec. 16, 2008. He has scored over 450 points, grabbed more than 350 rebounds and has registered more than 70 steals in his FGCU career. Derrick has been a true warrior for the Eagles during his tenure, playing most of last season with a broken bone in his left hand. Derrick leaves as #2 on FGCU’s career rebounding list