FGCU Basketball Adds Local Flavor
Florida Gulf Coast University’s head men’s basketball coach Dave Balza has announced the addition of his sixth recruit, and this one has strong local ties. Brett Fritz, a 6'5" forward, will be the first local recruit to don the blue and green.
Fritz is a 1999 graduate of Canterbury High School in Fort Myers. He signed with Oglethorpe University out of high school. He averaged seven points per game, but became disenchanted with the Atlanta school during his freshman season. This past year, Fritz attended Stetson University, where he was working on a degree in business.
FGCU’s strong business school, along with the opportunity to resume his playing career, were enticing enough to convince this high academic student to make another move. Fritz comes from an athletic family. His father, Chaz, starred in basketball at the University of Florida.
Coach Balza saw an opportunity to bring Fritz back home to play in front of his family and friends, but that was not the reason for his interest in the small forward. “Brett’s intensity and passion for the game,” quipped Balza, “are what intrigued me the most. He plays very hard. He is a leader on the floor, and he is very athletic and explosive. Not to mention that he is another outstanding young man who will represent this university and our program well.”
Balza hopes that Fritz can duplicate the success he had at Canterbury High School, where he led the Cougars to a 51-14 record in his two years there. Fritz was a First Team All-County selection as a senior. He led all of Southwest Florida in scoring (24.8 points per game) and rebounding (11.3 points per game). His defensive hustle also accounted for 3.1 steals per ball game.
Fritz will complete a year in residency this coming year to FGCU, and then have two years of eligibility remaining. Joining Fritz on the inaugural team will be:
· Michael Anderson, a 6'8" center from Orlando, Fla.
· Jeff Ardizon, a 6'7" forward from Sugarland, Texas
· Bryan Crislip, a 6'2" guard from Parkersburg, W.Va.
· Andy French, a 6'6" forward from Tampa, Fla.
· Ryan Hopkins, a 6'5" guard from Parkersburg, W.Va.
Florida Gulf Coast University will open its inaugural season in fall 2002.
For more information, contact Balza at (941) 590-7039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.