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The Next Step: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
by Zachary Lyon, Future150 (8:28 PM CT, Thu March 17, 2016)
FGCU will welcome Scott's athleticism.
FGCU will welcome Scott's athleticism.
Zachary Lyon
Zachary Lyon:

Future150 Regional Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball: NC, SC & VA

Fort Myers, FL (Future150) -- The Big Dance is finally here and while everyone would like to cut down the nets, there can only be one champion. That being said, there is always the chance that the next season could be better than the last. With that in mind, Future150 would like to introduce "The Next Step", a segment dedicated to breaking down each program's recruitng class as they bow out of the tournament; because there's always next season.

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, or "Dunk City", as us College Basketball fans like to call them, had another fantastic year as Joe Dooley led them to a big dance apperance. FGCU took down Fairleigh Dickinson in one of the First Four play-in games, but ran into a absolutley loaded UNC squad in the first round. 

No worries Eagle fans, the future is looking very bright as this young team only loses two seniors and adds a three man recruiting class that could be impactful over three or four years. The returning core of Zach JohnsonRayjon Tucker, and Christian Terrell will be a three man wrecking crew in the Atlantic Sun. Now let's introduce you to the incoming freshman. 

Raysean Scott of Compton (CA) is a big bodied wing forward at 6'7 and 200 pounds that can make plays in multiple ways. His athleticism and strength fits perfect with the Dunk City style of play. 

Next comes Christian Carlyle out of Jacksonville, Florida. Carlyle can do a little bit of everything when he's on the floor. His on-ball defense, and rebounding abilities are both very underrated parts to his game. His speed and athleticism allows him to slash the lane and draw contact with ease. He will be a handful to deal with in the Atlantic Sun for years to come. 

Oh look, another athletic guard that can slash the lane and finish through contact with ease. Enter Rasheed Browne of Neumann-Goretti (PA). Browne should be able to contribute from day one with his speed off the bounce, and ability to finish above the rim. If he can make the other team respect his three point shot as much as his ability to drive the lane, he can really be a special player. 

The future is extremely bright for this program in Fort Myers, Florida. Dunk City isn't going anywhere, except them to be dancing for the next few years to come. 


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