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FGCU Eagles Add Junior College Transfer
8/28/2001

Florida Gulf Coast University head men’s basketball coach Dave Balza has gone ‘back home’ to Indiana to find his latest recruit. Scot Wilson, a 6’4 guard out of Portage, Ind., is the newest member of the fledgling Eagle basketball team. Wilson, who intends to major in business, comes to FGCU after having spent the past two years at Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill.

On the court, Wilson helped lead Highland CC to a 29-5 record and a Top Ten national ranking in the final JUCO poll. This was Highland’s best record in school history, as they went on to win the Region 4 championship. The Cougars, under Coach Pete Norman, were also the first team in the history of the Arrowhead Conference to go undefeated in league play.

Wilson, who averaged nine points and four rebounds per game, was Highland’s 3-point specialist. In signing on with FGCU, Wilson becomes the seventh player from his team to move on to play basketball at the four-year collegiate level. In high school, Wilson averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists per game. Those numbers earned him First Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State honors.

Scot played his high school ball at Portage High School in northwest Indiana. Coach Balza is very familiar with the area. “When I was at Saint Joseph’s College, we signed a couple of players out of the same league,” stated Balza. “It’s a 4A school, which is the highest level in Indiana and it is less than an hour from where I spent the last three years. Scot knows how to play. He has a very solid understanding of the game.” What Balza found most appealing in Wilson, though, was not his address. “I love his toughness and competitive nature,” said Balza. “He hates to lose and he’ll fight you tooth and nail. He’ll fit in very well with what we are building here.”

Wilson is the eighth player recruited to FGCU by Coach Balza. He joins guards Bryan Crislip and Ryan Hopkins, wings Brett Fritz and Noah Sheppard, and post players Jeff Ardizon, Michael Anderson and Andy French. Florida Gulf Coast University will practice this year as they prepare for 2002-2003, which will mark the first season of competition in school history.

For more information, contact Dave Balza at (941) 590-7039 or dbalza@fgcu.edu.

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