FORT MYERS, Fla. – Head coach Andy Enfield announced the signing of his first recruit as the leader of the FGCU men’s basketball program on Monday evening, as Winter Park High School point guard Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) signed a grant-in-aid to join the Eagles next season.
The speedy 6-foot-2 Comer helped lead Winter Park to a Florida Class 6A State Championship this season and played in front of the Southwest Florida fan base when the Wildcats participated in the nationally-renown 38th Annual City of Palms Classic last December. Comer will have four years of eligibility.
“We’re excited for Brett, a terrific student athlete, to join our program,” said Enfield, who was named FGCU’s second-ever head coach on March 31. “Brett brings unique toughness and court vision to our basketball team and our players will love playing with him.”
A Class 6A first team All-State selection by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC) and an Orlando Sentinel All-Area second team choice, Comer averaged 10.2 points, 6.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game under the direction of Winter Park head coach David Bailey. The Wildcats finished the season with a 28-6 record after playing a schedule that featured the best programs from all over the country. Comer finished in double figures 18 times, accumulating six double-doubles, seven games of double-digit assists and four or more steals 10 times.
At the City of Palms Classic in December, Comer opened the tournament with a season-high 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals in Winter Park’s win over Louisiana District 9 2-A state champ Riverside Academy who finished a 29-6 record. Over the four games at Bishop Verot HS, Comer averaged 13 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 63 percent (17-27) from the field. In 2009, he was named to the City of Palms Classic All-Tournament second team.
As a junior, Comer averaged 12.3 points, 4.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals to help lead Winter Park to the first of its consecutive 6A State titles, a final national ranking of No. 14 and 29-6 overall record. Comer produced 23 double figures scoring games in 2009.
Comer’s signing with FGCU warranted national media attention from ESPN senior analyst Dave Telep and ESPN recruiting scout and analyst Reggie Rankin. Via his twitter page (@DaveTelep), Telep tweeted “Not a stretch to say Brett Comer is the best recruit in the history of Florida Gulf Coast.” Rankin’s sentiments followed suit as he tweeted (@ReggieRankin) “Brett Comer is a tough floor general that can really pass the rock. His game is similar to Aaron Craft!”
Comer is ranked No. 5 on the Orlando Sentinel’s Class of 2011 area prospects list. Two of the top of four in the ranking are signed with BCS programs, including teammate and the consensus No. 1 recruit in the nation Austin Rivers who is headed to Duke.