Mike Jarvis went into the 2009-10 season looking to improve on a dismal year before in which FAU went 6-26 and 2-16 in conference. He did just that.
Despite getting bounced out in the first round of the Sun belt Tournament after losing to South Alabama 52-51 Saturday night, the Owls have much to look forward to in the upcoming seasons.
Thanks to newcomers Ray Taylor and Greg Gantt, FAU finished with a 14-16 record and controlled their own destiny at the end of the season for a first round bye. The fantastic freshmen played in all 30 games this season with Gantt averaging 15.6 points per game and 14.2 for Taylor. Taylor was 12th in the nation with 5.9 assists per game. Both also received All-Conference Third Team honors.
The Owls will also bring back Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year Brett Royster. The junior only averaged 10 points per game but was a force inside with 7.4 rebounds and three blocks per game.
The season took a different turn when sophmore Alex Tucker was re-inserted back into the lineup. The incumbent starting point guard came off of the bench for the first portion of the year but was but back in with the starters and the Owls soared. He also will be back to guard the opposing teams best player.
Other freshmen had solid contributions. Jordan McCoy and DeMonte Simpson both received solid playing time and averaging over 4 points a game.
FAU lacked any senior leadership on this squad, in fact there were no seniors on this years team. But going after lesser-recruited players means that there is less of a chance of them going pro after only one or two years. This gives this core group of freshmen a great opportunity to to play and grow together of the next few years.
If Jarvis can continue to recruit his type of players to FAU and build on this past seasons success, look for the Owls to be dancing in March in no time.
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