DUNK CITY, Fla. – FGCU men’s basketball head coach Joe Dooley announced on Friday that Dajuan Graf will transfer from the program to be closer to home and Eric McKnight expects to graduate in May and not utilize his final year of eligibility, choosing instead to begin his professional playing career.
“Dajuan improved his game significantly from last year to this past season, and we’re extremely grateful for all of his contributions to FGCU the last two years.” Dooley said. “Like Dajuan, Eric has also taken his game to the next level over the past year. He certainly will be missed, but we respect his decision to get his degree and begin the next chapter of his life. We wish both Dajuan and Eric nothing but the best moving forward as I believe both of their best basketball is still in front of them.”
McKnight, a native of Raleigh, N.C., averaged 6.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game this past season for the Eagles. A 6-9 forward, McKnight is expected to graduate next month with a degree in communications. He has one year of athletic eligibility remaining and would have been a redshirt senior in 2014-15 after transferring from Iowa State following his freshman year in 2010-11.
A Charlotte, N.C. product, Graf more than doubled his scoring average from 2.3 per game in 2012-13 as a freshman to 4.9 as a sophomore in 2013-14. Graf, a 6-foot guard, finished second on the FGCU roster with 2.1 assists per game this past season, up from his 1.4 average last campaign.
FGCU finished the year with a 22-13 record following the program’s first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championship courtesy of a 14-4 league mark. The Eagles participated in the NIT for the first time in program history as FGCU’s 22 wins marked the second-straight 20-win season and were the second-most in the Division-I era (2007-08). Over the past two seasons, FGCU has won 30 home games and has claimed an impressive 48 wins overall, including 27 in A-Sun action.
The Eagles will return nine letterwinners in 2014-15, while four transfers will also be eligible in Dooley’s second season at the helm. True freshman and 6-7 forward Logan Hovey sat out the 2013-14 season following surgery to repair a stress fracture and he will have four years of eligibility beginning next year as a redshirt freshman. In addition, Dooley and his staff will have two incoming freshmen – guards Zach Johnson and Christian Terrell – and welcome 6-11 sophomore center Eric Moeller to bolster what will be one of FGCU’s deepest teams in program history.
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