After being crowned "Dunk City" and becoming the first 15 seed to make it to the Sweet Sixteen, FGCU Basketball will have bigger expectations to live up to next year. They will be on the national stage from day one now, not bursting onto it during March Madness.
"We have to come into every game like we are the target. We can get complacent, or we can get hungrier but not too greedy," said Jamail Jones, Marquette transfer.
Florida Gulf Coast lost a few faces this offseason which will hurt, including seniors Sherwood Brown and Eddie Murray and also transfers Christoph Varidel and Leonard Livingston. The Eagles also bring in a new talent, Logan Hovey and Jordan Neff, both recruits from the Enfield era as well as two transfers, Nate Hicks and Jamail Jones, who will step out onto the court next year as well after sitting out in 2012-2013 due to transfer rules.
Former Kansas assistant and current FGCU Head Coach Joe Dooley will have 68% of minutes, 65% of points, 68% of rebounding, 84% of assists, and 74% of steals returning from last years smiling and laughing Eagles squad. Dooley has already shown why he was rated the 4th best recruiter in 2007 by bringing in Tulane transfer Marc Eddy-Norelia.
FGCU is currently schedule to play a "quality" opponent (Ken Kavanagh) at 7:00 a.m during ESPN's Breakfast at the Beach. This is at Alico Arena while the Eagles also have non-conference games scheduled at USF, NC State, Nebraska, and Mississippi State.
Regardless of who they are playing, FGCU will maintain the style and swagger that got them here, and attempt to do it again.
"When I started going to FGCU, one thing I definitely wanted to do is be the beginning of something new, so it just feels that much better when you set out to do something and you accomplish that goal," said Sherwood Brown.
Fort Myers is now on the map and the benefits are immeasurable. Goal Accomplished.