DUNK CITY, Fla. – Leading Georgetown by seven points with under two minutes to play in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Philadelphia, FGCU sophomore guard Brett Comer flipped a pass over his right shoulder to the front of the rim to a streaking Chase Fieler for a polarizing alley-oop that brought the City of Brotherly Love crowd out of their seats and had TV talent Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller screaming at the top of their lungs. Dunk City was born.
After helping FGCU become the first-ever No. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, Comer and Fieler have been donned the “Most Exciting Alley-Oop Combo” heading into the 2013-14 season by Bleacher Report.
Comer and Fieler were front and center for the 37-game dunk parade in which FGCU produced 148 slams, including a pair that made SportCenter’s Top 10 Plays. Comer assisted Fieler on 28 of his 59 dunks, connecting at least twice in a game nine times on the year.
Considered the Mayor of Dunk City, Fieler finished with a dunk in 29 of the 37 contests, producing streaks of eight and nine consecutive games with a throwdown. Over the team’s six postseason contests in the A-Sun Tournament and NCAA Tournament, the lengthy 6-foot-9 forward recorded 10 dunks. Fieler had three or more jams in nine games, setting team season-bests for dunks in a game (5), most dunks in a first half (3, twice) and most dunks in a second half (4).
If Fieler is the Mayor, Comer is definitely the Conductor of Dunk City, as the two-time A-Sun assists leader was the other half of 64 of the team’s dunks. Included his NCAA Tournament leading 10.3 assists per game were 11 helpers on FGCU’s 14 dunks during its run to the Sweet Sixteen.
Bleacher Report’s Top 10 Alley-Oop Combos for 2013-14
1. Brett Comer/Chase Fieler – FGCU
2. T.J. McConnell/Nick Johnson – Arizona
3. Aaron Craft/Sam Thompson – Ohio State
4. Marcus Smart/Markel Brown – Oklahoma State
5. Scott Wilbekin/Casey Prather – Florida
6. Shabazz Napier/DeAndre Daniels – UConn
7. Marcus Paige/J.P. Tokoto – UNC
8. Justin Cobbs/Jabari Bird – California
9. Andrew Harrison/Julius Randle – Kentucky
10. Naadir Tharpe/Andrew Wiggins – Kansas