DUNK CITY, Fla. – FGCU men’s basketball freshman Logan Hovey, who has not played yet this year due to a stress fracture in his right leg, will utilize a redshirt season and not compete for the Eagles this season, head coach Joe Dooley announced Tuesday.
Hovey (Orlando, Fla./Paul J. Hagerty HS) had surgery to help repair the issue in mid-November, but is still estimated to be a few weeks away from being able to begin practicing, putting his return to game action at roughly the beginning of February.
“We’ve decided that it’s in Logan’s best interest to redshirt,” Dooley said. “It wouldn’t be fair to him to use a year of eligibility for what could only end up being about half of our conference schedule. We look forward to getting him back later this season to start practicing, and having him available to compete in game action at 100 percent next season.”
Under NCAA guidelines, student-athletes are allowed to stretch their four seasons of eligibility over a five-year timetable, and, in some unique cases a six-year timeframe. Hovey will be a redshirt freshman in 2014-15 and still have four years of eligibility.
A 6-7 combo wing, Hovey was named the 8A Player of the Year by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches last year as a senior after averaging team bests of 22.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Hovey led Hagerty to a 27-5 record and 2013 state championship in Florida’s highest level of competition.
FGCU will return to action on Wednesday with a New Year’s Day start of 5 p.m. against Lipscomb. The Eagles (7-7) are off a 1-0 start in Atlantic Sun Conference action following a 60-56 win over Northern Kentucky in front of a standing-room-only crowd Monday night.
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2013-14 men’s basketball season tickets are selling quickly, and only a limited amount remain. New this year are mini-plan packages for all games, with the exception of “Breakfast at the Beach,” and individual-game tickets are now on sale. Fans can reserve their seat(s) by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets.