Dunbar Joins FGCU Men's Basketball Program
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball program announced that Brandon Dunbar will join the program for the 2005-06 season.

A transfer from the University of Charleston, an NCAA Division II institution in West Virginia, Dunbar has one season of eligibility remaining. He is likely to sit out the 2005-06 season as a red-shirt.

A 6-foot-5 forward, Dunbar was a three-year starter at Charleston, and was one of just two players to start every game a year ago. The Flint, Michigan native averaged 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Golden Eagles, who finished 20-9 in 2004-05, including a 12-6 record in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“Brandon is a proven winner and his desire to be here made an impression on the coaching staff,” said fourth-year Eagles head coach Dave Balza. “His willingness to red-shirt this season blends well with our philosophy of trying to acclimate our transfers to our system. We look forward to getting him back on the court and think he can continue our tradition of strong rebounding post players.”

FGCU, which led the nation in rebounding margin a year ago, earned a NCAA Division II tournament bid in its first season of post-season eligibility and finished the year 24-7.

Dunbar becomes the fifth newcomer to join a FGCU squad that lost eight seniors a year ago, joining junior transfer Beau Bauer, sophomore transfers Adam Liddell and Roman Narmbaye, and freshman Carlos Matos.