@FGCU_MBB Lands Rice Transfer Julian DeBose
Monday, June 03, 2013 | by Patrick Pierson (@Pierson_SID)
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DeBose averaged 10.4 points per game at Rice in 2012-13. (Photo courtesy of Rice Sports Information)
DeBose averaged 10.4 points per game at Rice in 2012-13. (Photo courtesy of Rice Sports Information)

#DunkCity adds more scoring punch to A-Sun’s top offense

DUNK CITY, Fla. – FGCU men’s basketball head coach Joe Dooley continues to bolster an already high-scoring roster, adding Rice transfer Julian DeBose (Washington, D.C./St. John College HS/Rice), who averaged 10.4 points per game for the Owls in 2012-13. DeBose signed a grant-in aid on Monday and will have two years of eligibility with the Eagles after sitting out the 2013-14 season.

“We’re excited about Julian joining our program. He’s the type of student-athlete that’s a great fit here at FGCU,” said Dooley, who made the announcement of adding DeBose initially via video from his twitter account @FGCUCoachDooley. “Julian will make great contributions on and off the court during his time here. He’s a high character kid that comes from a great high school and AAU program. Julian gives us another backcourt weapon and he’ll fit in well with our tempo and style of play.”

DeBose joins 6-foot-8 Tulane transfer Marc-Eddy Norelia (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS/Tulane) as players signed by Dooley since taking over the reins of the program on April 22nd. Norelia will have three years of eligibility, but will also sit out the 2013-14 campaign with DeBose.

Starting all 31 games at Rice in 2012-13, DeBose (deh-BOHS) finished second on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per game – 8th among sophomores in Conference USA – and rebounding with 4.3 caroms per contest. DeBose reached double figures 19 times, including seven of the last nine, highlighted by a career-high 20 points that included eight rebounds and four steals. The 6-foot-4 Washington, D.C. product shot 44 percent from the floor and 37 percent (31-84) from three, while he led the team in rebounding nine times and assists on five occasions.

DeBose averaged 6.9 points and started 39 of 65 games at Rice after a breakout senior campaign at St. John College High School. Behind 17.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, DeBose was named to the All-Metropolitan first team and to the All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference first team as a senior.

FGCU returns four starters from last year’s team that posted three consecutive double-digit wins en route to the A-Sun title and automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament in just its second year of postseason eligibility. FGCU – who averaged an A-Sun-best 72.9 points per game – became the first No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16 and the first team since the 1987 Florida squad to win its first two tournament games. The Eagles opened with a second round win over No. 2 seed Georgetown and followed with a win over No. 7 seed San Diego State in the third round to earn a trip to Dallas Cowboys Stadium for the South Region semifinals. FGCU finished with a program Division I record 26 wins (26-11), including a 15-1 mark at Alico Arena.

DeBose and Norelia join early signees Logan Hovey (Orlando, Fla./Paul J. Hagerty HS) and Jordan Neff (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb HS) as FGCU’s incoming class. Both Hovey and Neff will be freshmen in the fall.