FORT MYERS, Fla. – Just days away from its first-ever Atlantic Sun Tournament appearance, the FGCU men’s basketball team saw a trio of players earn conference postseason accolades on Monday evening, announced by the league office. Junior Sherwood Brown (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS) was named to the All-Conference second team, while rookies Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) and Bernard Thompson (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS) occupied two of the five spots on the All-Freshmen squad.
“I’m really proud that three of our players could be recognized with postseason honors,” said first-year head coach Andy Enfield, who has led FGCU to a program Division I record 13 wins. “This is something our whole team can be excited about as we head into the A-Sun Tournament because these three wouldn’t have received these awards without their teammates.”
Brown’s All-Conference selection marks the second straight year the Eagles have landed a player on the second team, while Comer and Thompson make it three consecutive years with a player on the All-Freshmen team.
One of just two players in the A-Sun that ranks in the top 10 in scoring (12.9/9th) and rebounding (6.0/9th), Brown leads FGCU in both categories while holding a team-best 52 offensive caroms. Brown has reached double figures in 18 of 25 games played, recording team-highs of four 20-point games and three double-doubles. The Orlando, Fla. product has been particularly strong over the last 11 games, reaching double figures 10 times with a trio of 20-point efforts en route to averaging 14.5 points and 6.9 rebounds over that span.
Comer enters the conference postseason tournament as the A-Sun leader and second among all freshmen nationally with 5.6 assists per game. To go along with his league-high assist total, Comer averages 8.7 points and is 15th in the A-Sun in steals (1.3). Highlighted by his 12-assist night against Longwood, Comer is the first A-Sun player since 2007 to have four double figure assist games in the same season. Comer produced his best game to date in the team’s win at Stetson on Jan. 20, scoring a team season-high 24 points while dishing out seven helpers.
One of just two freshmen to win the A-Sun Newcomer of the Week award twice this season, Thompson ranks second among A-Sun freshmen in scoring at 11.9 points per game, while leading the conference rookies in rebounds (5.2) and steals (1.9). Over the 29-game regular season, he produced a team-best 21 double figure games, leading the team in scoring and rebound on 10 occasions, including both in the same game four times. Thompson also ranks ninth in the A-Sun in three-point percentage (.388) to go along with being 15th in scoring, 16th in rebounding and third in steals.
FGCU (13-16, 8-10) earned the No. 6 seed in this week’s Atlantic Sun Tournament held on the campus of Mercer in Macon, Ga. The Eagles will take on third-seeded USC Upstate (20-11, 13-5) in the quarterfinal round on Thursday, Mar. 1, at 8:30 p.m. The game can be heard live on ESPN 770AM in Fort Myers or online at www.770ESPN.com with David Moulton and Mark Miller on the call.
ATLANTIC SUN POSTSEASON AWARDS
Player of the Year: Torrey Craig, USC Upstate
Defensive Player of the Year: Ian Clark, Belmont
Freshman of the Year: Ty Greene, USC Upstate
Coach of the Year: Eddie Payne, USC Upstate
All-Conference First Team
*Torrey Craig, USC Upstate
Ian Clark, Belmont
Drew Hanlen, Belmont
Kerron Johnson, Belmont
Adam Sollazzo, ETSU
Langston Hall, Mercer
**-A tie in the voting resulted in a 6-player first team
All-Conference Second Team
Parker Smith, North Florida
Adam Pegg, Stetson
Sherwood Brown, FGCU
Mick Hedgepeth, Belmont
Markeith Cummings, Kennesaw State
*Ty Greene, USC Upstate
*Bernard Thompson, FGCU
*Delbert Love, Kennesaw State
Brett Comer, FGCU
Malcolm Smith, Lipscomb