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Former FGCU men’s basketball player, Comer, accepts graduate assistant position

Former FGCU basketball player and one of the originators of Dunk City, Brett Comer, has taken a graduate assistant position with The University of Dayton men’s basketball team. Comer, who was a four-year guard at FGCU, helped the Eagles become the first 15th seed ever to reach the sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. He graduated from FGCU in 2015 and recently played professional basketball with the Orlando Wave of the ABA. Comer ranks 24th all-time in assists in the NCAA with 845, and he has 200 more assists than any other ASUN player. He will be joining the...

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FGCU men’s basketball player, Norelia, signs overseas in France

Former FGCU ASUN Tournament MVP, Marc-Eddy Norelia, will begin his professional career in France with Caen BC. The Calvados are located in the Commune of Caen in Northwestern France and recently were promoted to LNB Pro B after a successful season a year ago. Norelia, who transferred to FGCU from Tulane after his freshmen year, finished with 1,084 career points at FGCU. He helped the Eagles defeat Fairleigh Dickerson in the NCAA tournament with 20 points back in 2016. Missing most of his senior year with a hand injury and personal reasons, he came back his senior year to...

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Brandon Goodwin to give NBA Draft Evaluation process a shot

Following his record-setting year with the FGCU men’s basketball team, Brandon Goodwin has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. Deciding not to hire an agent, Goodwin will be able to maintain his amateurism while he goes through the evaluation process. “It’s been my dream to play in the NBA, and this is a great opportunity for me to find out just where I stand,” Goodwin said in an FGCU Athletics press release. “Going through this evaluation process over the next month or so should provide me with a better understanding of that and allow me to make a more...

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Women’s basketball player, Mikala McGhee attends ‘So You Want To Be A Coach’ program to fulfill dreams

Coaches can impact their players, for good or bad, but for FGCU women’s basketball player, Mikala McGhee, past and present coaches have impacted her life so much that she hopes to do the same. To turn this dream into a reality, McGhee applied for the “So You Want To Be A Coach” program and received the opportunity of a lifetime. The redshirt senior was accepted into this WBCA program as one of just 50 student-athletes from across the nation. “I am very honored and thankful to have this pick because it wasn’t just DI athletes they were looking at,...

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EDITORIAL: Men’s basketball needs to move to a stronger conference

Due to the recent and sustained success of the men’s basketball team, it is time to ask us, has FGCU outgrown the Atlantic Sun Conference? The basketball team’s success started with a bang in 2013, with its first 20-win season in division I history, capping the year with a magical run to the sweet 16. Since then, FGCU has had five straight 20-win seasons, reaching the NCAA tournament in three of the last five years. The support of the program has grown every year, with attendance to games doubling since 2012. The only dark cloud dangling over the head...

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Coach Dooley and Goodwin earn postseason recognition

FGCU men’s basketball player Brandon Goodwin has been named to the NABC District 3 First Team along with coach Joe Dooley, who has been selected as the District 3 Coach of the Year. District 3 includes all players and coaches from the ASUN and Big South conferences, and was voted on by coaches of the NABC. Goodwin is the fourth player in program history to receive All-District First Team honors. Marc-Eddy Norelia earned this honor during the 2016 season. Dooley is the first coach in program history to be named an All-District Coach. “Brandon had one of the best,...

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Courtney ‘C.J.’ Williamsonbey released from men’s basketball team

After being suspended by the FGCU men’s basketball team following his arrest and charges of burglary of conveyance and grand theft, Courtney “C.J.” Williamsonbey has been dismissed from the men’s basketball team and is no longer enrolled at FGCU. FGCU spokesperson, Susan Evans, quoted Federal law in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act in an email regarding Williamsonbey before explaining his status. “Mr. Williamsonbey is no longer enrolled at FGCU and thus is no longer a member of the men’s basketball team,” Evans said. Arrested along with Jordan Burkes on Feb. 9, Burkes and Williamsonbey were seen on...

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FGCU women’s basketball falls to Miami in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

After making an NCAA tournament appearance for the fourth time in six years, the No. 14 FGCU women’s basketball team fell to No. 3 Miami 62-60 in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Coral Gables. Trailing by as many as 13 points, Taylor Gradinjan shook off a poor shooting performance, knocking down a corner three to tie the game at 60 with 8.6 left seconds left. Following Gradinjan’s triple, Keyona Hayes hit a layup to give the Hurricanes a two-point lead leaving 1.8 seconds on the clock. Driving at Gradinjan and knocking her over before making the...

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Preview: Women’s basketball vs. Miami in first round of NCAA Tournament

On the eve of winning its fourth ASUN Tournament Championship, the FGCU women’s basketball team earned a 13 seed and will take on No. 4 Miami in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in Coral Gables on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Watsco Center. “We’re excited that we are playing so close to Fort Myers,” FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. “It makes it really convenient for our fans to get over there and support us and we are excited about the opportunity of playing a really great team in the NCAA tournament.” Making its fourth NCAA...

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FGCU men’s basketball falls to FSU in first round of NCAA tournament

Making its third appearance in the NCAA tournament in five years, the No. 14 FGCU men’s basketball team fell to No. 3 FSU 86-80 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando. Cutting the Seminoles lead to just five twice in the final minute of the game, the Eagles were unable to overcome time and complete their late comeback. “Obviously we’re disappointed that we lost,” FGCU head coach Joe Dooley said. “I don’t think it diminishes the year we had. We’re proud of our guys. We had a heck of a year. Disappointing,...

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