#TheGreatChase; Fieler Ignites #DunkCity Sensation with Highlight-Reel Season
Sunday, April 07, 2013 | by Patrick Pierson (@Pierson_SID)
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Fieler provided some of the most memorable dunks of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. (Photo by Mitchell Leff)
Fieler provided some of the most memorable dunks of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. (Photo by Mitchell Leff)

DUNK CITY, Fla. – FGCU will celebrate the historic 2012-13 men’s basketball season on Monday, April 15th when it hosts its postseason banquet at Alico Arena. During the 10 days leading up to the banquet, FGCUATHLETICS.com will highlight 10 accomplishments and moments of the Green and Blue’s record-setting campaign that let the nation in on the best kept secret in college athletics and created #DunkCity.

Sunday’s feature takes a deeper look at junior Chase Fieler’s (Parkersburg, W. Va./Parkersburg South HS) breakout junior campaign in which he set career-highs across the board in style with his team-leading 60 dunks.

THE GREAT CHASE
Fieler’s huge junior season saw him rank in the top three on the team in scoring (12.1), rebounding (5.4), assists (1.6) and blocks (49). Almost all of Fieler’s season totals nearly equaled his previous two years combined, while his 447 points were 76 more than his first two seasons.

• Named to the A-Sun All-Tournament team after averaging team-highs of 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in conference postseason action.
• Atlantic Sun All-Conference second team selection.
• Led the team in scoring 11 times after leading the team in points just two times over his first two seasons.
• Third on the team in scoring (12.1) and second in rebounding (5.4) - figures that ranked 17th and 12th in the A-Sun, respectively.
• Reached double figures 28 times after doing so just 15 times during his freshman and sophomore campaigns.
• Scored in double figures in 15 of 18 A-Sun games.
• Ranked third in the A-Sun in field goal percentage at a 56.3 percent clip.
• Shot 50 percent or better from the floor in 26 games, including 11 of the last 13.
• Second in the A-Sun in blocks at 1.3 per game and 49 total blocks, which were second in program history.
• Team leader with 80 offensive rebounds and ninth in the A-Sun at 2.2 per game.
• Has an offensive rebound in 35 of 37 games, highlighted by a career-high six in three contests.
• Named to the Battle 4 Atlantis All-Tournament team.
• Turned in the No. 3 highlight on the Jan. 25th Sports Center Top 10 Plays with a put-back dunk against Stetson.

DUNK CITY MAYOR
Fieler’s length and athleticism was on full display all year, as he provided more than a handful of highlight-reel jams out of his team-leading 60 dunks. The Parkersburg, W. Va. native’s ability to change the momentum of the game with a dunk was never more obvious that in the team’s NCAA Tournament second round win against No. 2 seed Georgetown when he caught a lob from Brett Comer with 1:54 to play that gave the Eagles a 67-58 lead and brought the nation to their feet.

• Team leader with 60 dunks.
• Turned in the No. 3 highlight on the Jan. 25th Sports Center Top 10 Plays with a put-back dunk against Stetson.
• Set 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).
• Breakdown of Fieler’s team-leading 60 dunks by half: first half (19), second half (41)

CHASE IS HOLDING A BLOCK PARTY
Known for his high-flying plays on the offensive end, Fieler proved he’s an elite defensive player too with his 49 blocks, which were the second-most in the A-Sun.

• Became FGCU’s all-time leader in blocked shots with 102.
• Sits just nine rejections out of the A-Sun’s top 25 all-time in blocked shots.
• Equaled a career-high with five blocks vs. Lipscomb (Jan. 17), the third-most in program single-game history.
• Had a block in 26 of 37 contests, including 12 multi-swat performances.