FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s basketball trio of senior Sherwood Brown (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS) and sophomores Bernard Thompson (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS) and Eric McKnight (Raleigh, N.C./Princeton Day Academy/Iowa State) all earned A-Sun Preseason accolades from College Sports Madness on Saturday when the media outlet unveiled its All-Conference teams.
Brown, a second team honoree by College Sports Madness, was named an A-Sun Preseason All-Conference choice by the league head coaches last Thursday and was also recognized by Lindy’s Sports Magazine during its A-Sun preview. The third team preseason honor is the first this fall for Thompson, who was a CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Freshman All-American last year. A transfer from Iowa State, the 6-foot-9 McKnight was also named to the third team and will take the court for first time as an Eagle on Nov. 9 when FGCU opens at VCU.
As a team, FGCU was predicted to finish third in the A-Sun standings by the league head coaches, Lindy’s Sports, Athlons Sports and Blue Ribbon. The Eagles highest preseason ranking came from YAHOO! Sports, which predicted the Green and Blue to finish second.
Last season as an A-Sun All-Conference second team and All-Tournament team choice, 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.
Thompson was a unanimous choice to the A-Sun All-Freshmen team a year ago, ranking just behind Brown in scoring (11.5) and rebounding (5.1), figures that ranked 15th and 16th in the A-Sun, respectively. A two-time A-Sun Newcomer of the Week, Thompson also ranked third in the A-Sun with 57 steals. He finished in double figures a team-high 22 times, leading the team in scoring 10 times, highlighted by road performances of 22 points at Kennesaw State and 20 points at USC Upstate.
McKnight’s 7-foot-2 wingspan will add a new element to the guard-deep FGCU squad. A native of Raleigh, N.C., McKnight sat out the 2011-12 season due to NCAA Division I four-year transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility. A former Princeton Day Academy standout that earned a 91 rating from ESPN.com coming out of high school, McKnight saw time in 14 games as a freshman at Iowa State in 2010-11.
College Sports Madness covers all aspects of college sport, from recruiting right up through the draft. Their previews prepare fans for the upcoming season of their favorite sport and allow them to follow their team all the way through the postseason. The Madness helps the college fan follow their favorite teams with their unique team pages that, in one place, bring together information about that school’s sports teams from the men’s basketball squad to the women’s soccer team and everything in between.
Coming off an appearance in the Atlantic Sun Championship game a year ago, 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. 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.
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.
COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS A-SUN PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE
Player of the Year: Torrey Craig, USC Upstate
Freshman of the Year: John Ross Glover, Lipscomb
Coach of the Year: Bob Hoffman, Mercer
Markeith Cummings, Kennesaw State
Langston Hall, Mercer
Torrey Craig, USC Upstate
Jakob Gollon, Mercer
Adam Pegg, Stetson
Sherwood Brown, FGCU
Aaron Graham, Stetson
Jerron Granberry, UNF
Glenn Powell, Jacksonville
Daniel Coursey, Mercer
Parker Smith, UNF
Chris Perez, Stetson
Bernard Thompson, FGCU
Eric McKnight, FGCU
Ricardo Glenn, USC Upstate
Marcus Dubose, ETSU
Delbert Love, Kennesaw State
Chad Jackson, Northern Kentucky
John Ross Glover, Lipscomb
Andy Diaz, UNF