Smesko, Eagles Ink a Trio to National Letters of Intent
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | by Mike Hill (@mike_hill84)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University head women’s basketball coach Karl Smesko has announced the signings of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. DyTiesha Dunson (Albany, Ga./Westover HS), Jamie Gluesing (Greendale, Wisc./Solon HS) and Bethany Murrell (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine HS) will join the Eagle program for the 2012-13 academic year.

Dunson, Gluesing and Murrell are the third, fourth and fifth additions to the 2012 FGCU recruiting class. They join guard Katie Meador (Salem Communuity HS/Salem, Ill.) and Taylor Gradinjan (Cudahy HS/ Cudahy, Wisc.), who signed National Letters of Intent late last week.

“This is a really good recruiting class,” said Smesko. “It comes just in time because we have a very talented senior class to replace. Coach Scharlow and the rest of the staff did a great job helping secure the quality student-athletes we are going to need to continue to build our program.”

Dunson, a 5-8 guard, is rated the 59th-best player at her position by ESPN and was a 2010 Atlanta Journal Constitution Triple A all-state selection. Named to the 1-Triple A all-region team as a junior, Dunson averaged 16.8 points, 3.4 steals and 2.9 assists while shooting 43 percent from the floor, 45 percent from behind the 3-point line and 82 percent from the free-throw line. Dunson, who chose FGCU over Cincinnati, St. Joseph’s, ETSU, Auburn, USF and UNF, excels in the classroom maintaining a 4.227 GPA.

“DyTiesha is an explosive player who can get to the rim and create shots for teammates,” said Smesko. “She is great in transition, but is very good in the half court as well.”

Gluesing, who took visits to Cleveland State, Youngstown State, St. Francis (Pa.), Pitt and St. Bonaventure before choosing FGCU, averaged 17.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 blocks a game as a junior.

“Jamie is a well-rounded wing player,” Smesko said. “She is a good athlete with good skills.”

Murrell, who picked FGCU over Miami (OH), Ball State and Valparaiso, averaged 16.7 points as a junior, hitting 75 percent of her free throws and 36 percent from three-point range. She also averaged 6.4 rebounds per game. The versatile 5-9 player picked up first team all-conference and all-county honors last season.

“Bethany is a shooting guard who really thinks the game,” Smesko said. “She is a very good shooter.”

The Eagles (1-1) return to the court on Saturday, Nov. 19 when they welcome No. 25 Michigan State (1-1) to Alico Arena for the 2011-12 home opener. Tip is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.