FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coming off an appearance in the Atlantic Sun Championship game a year ago, the FGCU men’s basketball team was picked third in the 10-team league in both the coaches and media preseason polls, announced by the league on Thursday afternoon.
Sitting behind preseason favorite Mercer and USC Upstate, the Eagles garnered three first place votes in the media poll, while senior Sherwood Brown (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS) was named to the Preseason A-Sun All-Conference team. A 2012 A-Sun All-Conference second team and All-Tournament team member, Brown and Preseason Player of the Year Torrey Craig from USC Upstate were the only two players in the A-Sun in 2011-12 to rank in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding.
“We’re really excited about the progress we’ve made over the last year,” said head coach Andy Enfield. “The guys have worked hard to improve as individuals, but have also come together to build a team. It should be exciting season and we are looking forward to getting started.”
The third place prediction is the highest-ever for the Eagles, who enter their sixth season in the A-Sun and Division I ranks. Led by then first-year coach Enfield, FGCU became just the sixth team in the 33-year history of the A-Sun Tournament in 2012 to advance to the title game in its first try.
With eight returning letterwinners, including all five starters, FGCU brings back 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.
Brown along with forward Eddie Murray (North Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) make up the seniors on FGCU’s roster. Last season, Brown became just the third player in program history to lead the team in scoring (12.8) and rebounding (5.9), figures that both ranked ninth in the A-Sun. He finished in doubles figures in 20 of 28 games played, highlighted by a team-best four 20-point outings. Brown’s 5.9 rebounds per game were bolstered by a team-high 54 on the offensive glass, as he displayed his versatility by leading the squad in scoring and rebounding in the same game seven times.
FGCU season tickets can be purchased in person at the Alico Arena ticket office or by phone at 239-590-7145. The FGCU ticket office is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Combined season tickets for both the men’s and women’s teams are available again for a combined 50 percent discount. Season tickets for either the men’s and women’s program range from $99-$279, while a combined season ticket (both teams) ranges from $149-$419 depending on the seat location and whether or not an individual is a renewal or new purchaser.
The Eagles will open their home 2012-13 slate on Tuesday, Nov. 13 when they welcome in ACC member and in-state foe Miami. Tickets for the 7:05 p.m. tip and expected first-ever men’s basketball sellout in Alico Arena are going fast, so call 239-590-7145 to get your seats.
Fans can follow FGCU on several social media platforms, by logging on to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and searching @FGCU_MBB.
ATLANTIC SUN PRESEASON AWARDS
Player of the Year: Torrey Craig, USC Upstate
Defensive Player of the Year: Daniel Coursey, Mercer
Preseason A-Sun All-Conference
G – Sherwood Brown, FGCU, Sr.
F – Glennn Powell, Jacksonville, Sr.
G – Markeith Cummings, Kennesaw State, Sr.
F – Jakob Gollon, Mercer, Jr.
G – Langston Hall, Mercer, Jr.
G – Jerron Granberry, North Florida, Sr.
G – Parker Smith, North Florida, Sr.
C – Adam Pegg, Stetson, Sr.
F – Torrey Craig, USC Upstate, Jr.
G – Ty Greene, USC Upstate, So.
Preseason A-Sun Coaches Poll
1. Mercer (6)
2. USC Upstate (3)
4. North Florida (1)
9. Kennesaw State
10. Northern Kentucky
Predicted 2013 Tournament Champions: Mercer (6 Votes)
Preseason A-Sun Media Poll
1. Mercer (18)
2. USC Upstate (4)
3. FGCU (3)
4. ETSU (1)
5. North Florida (1)
9. Kennesaw State
10. Northern Kentucky
Predicted 2013 Tournament Champions: Mercer (15 Votes)