Orlando product will have three years of eligibility
DUNK CITY, Fla. – Newly-appointed FGCU men’s basketball head coach Joe Dooley announced his first addition since taking over the program on April 22nd, signing 6-foot-8 Tulane transfer Marc-Eddy Norelia (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS/Tulane) to a grant-in aid on Wednesday.
Norelia will have three years of eligibility with the Eagles after he sits out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA four-year transfer rules. A long, athletic forward that possesses a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Norelia saw time in nine games as a freshman at Tulane in 2012-13.
“We’re excited to have Marc-Eddy join our basketball family,” said Dooley. “With his athleticism, length and skill set, Marc possesses tremendous upside and potential. I’m really looking to working with him and having him develop under our system for a year. He’s a high-character kid, an excellent student and a great addition to our program.”
The second Orlando native to sign with the Eagles this season and the third on the current roster, Norelia was a two-time All-State selection at Olympia High School where reigning A-Sun Player of the Year and former Eagle Sherwood Brown also attended. Norelia posted averages of 14.9 points and 8.6 rebounds, reaching double figures in 52 of 57 games played with 25 doubles-doubles over his career at Olympia under head coach Mark Griseck.
Norelia produced 16.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game as a senior in 2011-12, earning a spot on the Class 8A All-State first team, All-Central Florida first team and All-Metro Conference West Division squad. En route to leading Olympia to a 20-8 record, Norelia reached double figures in all 27 games played, including 20+ five times, with 18 double-doubles. In his first season at Olympia as a junior in 2010-11, Norelia averaged 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds, earning 6A All-State first team honors along with current FGCU point guard Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) from Winter Park High School.
Originally from Haiti, Norelia finished as the No. 17 ranked player in Florida in 2012 and played on the AAU circuit with Florida Elite. Norelia joins freshmen Logan Hovey (Orlando, Fla./Paul J. Hagerty HS) and Jordan Neff (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb HS) as FGCU’s incoming class. The three newcomers all stand at least 6-foot-7, giving FGCU a current roster of eight players at that same height or taller.
FGCU returns four starters from last year’s team that posted three consecutive double-digit wins en route to the A-Sun title and automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament in just its second year of postseason eligibility. FGCU became the first No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16 and the first team since the 1987 Florida squad to win its first two tournament games. The Eagles opened with a second round win over No. 2 seed Georgetown and followed with a win over No. 7 seed San Diego State in the third round to earn a trip to Dallas Cowboys Stadium for the South Region semifinals. FGCU finished with a program Division I record 26 wins (26-11), including a 15-1 mark at Alico Arena.