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 PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 7:27 pm   
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All right, a lot of activity in regards to next year's team. A lot of players have left and we've got a lot coming in. Let's take a look first at who's left:


Brian Beard is the biggest loss from this year's team. Beard was named an All Conference USA Second Team member leading the team in scoring, averaging 17.4 points-per-contest, which was good enough for seventh in Conference USA. He was also tops on the team, and second in C-USA, in assists, handing out 6.1 per-outing. On the defensive side of the ball, Beard, Jr. has led the conference all season in steals, and has been among the nation's leaders in Division I, currently ranking third in steals-per-game (3.0) and total steals (93).

The Panthers are also losing Elhadji Dieng, Center and Michael Douglas, Forward. Both were contributors last year, though not stars they helped a team that relies heavily on pressure defense and transition offense.

Left the Team

The following players left the team:

Willy Nunez -Willy was the biggest loss as he led the team in 3 pointers made with 75 and had the second best 3 pt shooting percentage on the team at .347 (Not great, but still 2nd best)
Phillip Smith - Not a great loss as he didn't play a lot of games, 7, or minutes.
Marcus Burwell - Much like Smith, was not much of a contributor and only played in 13 games.

So far, the Panthers have the following players either signed or verbally committed:

Blake Furcron - 6'4" - 175 lbs: As a redshirt sophomore at Pratt Community College, in Pratt, Kansas, Furcron led the Beavers in scoring averaging 17.4 points-per-game. He was third on the team in field goal shooting percentage, hitting 50.9 percent of his shots, and second in three-point shooting netting 43.5 percent from behind the arc. In addition, he hit 74.5 percent of his offerings from the free-throw line, good enough for fifth on the team. Furcron tallied double figures in 26-of-32 games for Pratt, including 13 games of 20 points-or-more and 30-plus points twice. He was also tied for first on the team in rebounding, grabbing 5.7 boards-per-outing, and fourth in assists dishing out 1.4 per contest.

Eric Lovett - 6'5" - 200 lbs: Lovett averaged 18.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists-per-game this past season as MSUWP recorded a 20-12 record on the year. During the season, the Georgia native poured in 584 points. He shot 48.9 percent from the field, 40.7 percent from behind the three-point arc and 79.2 percent from the charity stripe. He scored double figures in 27 of his 32 games, including 14 games of 20-or-more points, and pouring in 30-plus points three times, highlighted by a career-high 34-point affair in December.

Dante Wilcox - 6'6" - 220 lbs: As a junior, Wilcox helped lead Oxbridge HS to its third-straight regional finals berth, averaging a team-best 14.1 points-per-game on 59 percent (107-for-182) shooting from the field. In addition. He also recorded 9.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocked shots-per-game. For his efforts, he was named First Team All- County by the Palm Beach Post.

Verbal Committments

Dimon Carrigan - 6'9" - 215 lbs: Dimon looks to be an above average defender and shot blocker, basically will replace Dieng if not be an improvement. In JUCO, he averaged about 19 minutes per game, 4.6 Points, 51% FG percentage (high % shots), 5.9 rebounds and 91 blocks in 34 games (3 per game). Very comparable to Dieng with higher block numbers.

Tevin Brewer - 5'8" - 160 lbs: Had offers from other mid/low major colleges last year in JUCO averaged 27.0 points on 44.3% Shooting with 5.9 assists per game.

Isaiah Richards - 6'9" - 220 lbs: Richards looks to be a bit of a project and hopefully he hangs around to develop in the coming years.

Overall, looks like we got replacement if not an improvement for everyone, except Beard who will be hard to replace.

I think this team might be better next year. Of course as baseball has shown recruiting doesn't mean jack if you can't develop the players. Go F I U!

 PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:27 pm   
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Cordell Veira also left the team. In his 2 years at FIU, he averaged 7 minutes per game and 1.2 points. Not a big loss.

Cam Corcoran is eligible this upcoming season after sitting out last year (transfer from Arkansas - Little Rock). He averaged 6.7 points in 16.6 minutes as a Freshman at UALR. He also shot 42.6% from 3 and should help make up for the loss of Brian Beard.

Sedee Keita also committed to FIU today. He's a 6-9/235 forward that is transferring from St. John's University. He'll sit out the 2019-20 season and be a Redshirt Senior in 2020-21. He was a four-star, Top 100 recruit coming out of high school in 2016.

 PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 10:46 pm   
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Thanks for all the info 'Panther Fan. Great stuff! and '1994! Looks like a solid recruiting class to me. Some additional info

Tevin Brewer played for a Final 4 JUCO team and, though his numbers at Coffeyville CC weren't incredibly high at 11.8 points per game and 3.9 assists, he did shoot 41.1% from 3-point land, and 92.2% from free throw line. Like Lovett, he was named a JUCO 3rd Team All American for his exploits. As a freshman for a lesser team/conference @ Eastern Oklahoma State College, he averaged 27.0 points and 5.9 assists, while shooting 37.4% from 3 and 80% free throw. The kid is a winner, and though very undersized at 5'7 or 5'8, he is a little beast.

Dimon Carrigan has been pretty highly regarded for some years now, and throughout his career in high school and Prep Schools he's been offered by the likes of Syracuse, Houston, Miami, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida, Texas, DePaul, VCU, South Florida, Wichita State, UCONN. IN JUCO has been offered by Temple, Rhode Island, Colorado State, and others. His first year in JUCO, he played for several games for Bunker Hill CC in his home state of Massachusets, where he absolutely dominated averaging 19.6 points, 17.9 rebounds per game and a crazy 7.2 blocks per game. ... story.html He went to Odessa, another top JUCO team who played in the NJCAA Finals, where his numbers dramatically dropped to 4.6 points per game, 5.9 boards and 2.7 blocks per game, while playing for Odessa. He's still viewed as an elite shot blocker with a great ceiling. Carrigan was named that top JUCO conference the Defensive Player of the Year.

FIU1994, good stuff on finding our landing Sedee Keita for the 2020-21 season. Looking good.

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 PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 1:08 pm   
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If both Carrigan and Seede make it, that's 2 6'9 guys that at one point or another were rated 4 stars!!! :lol:

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