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Men’s Basketball: Six freshmen and two transfers give roster a different look

Dragan Seikelja. Photo courtesy of Stuart Browning.

FAU men’s basketball failed to repeat as conference champs because they didn’t care enough. That’s head coach Mike Jarvis’s theory, anyway.

“We had too many guys thinking about themselves,” he said. “Very selfish team this year. So next year hopefully we’ll have a very unselfish team.”

Six freshmen recruits and two transfers make up the core of what Jarvis believes will be a more focused team in 2012-2013. A team with players from “winning programs” that has the right priorities on the court, he says.

“Our mindsets gotta be…. I’m not worried about how many points I’m gonna get,” Jarvis says. “I’m not worried about how many minutes I’m playing. I’m not worrying about how many shots I get. I’m not worrying about how pretty I look. I wanna win the game.”

“That’s what I hope the difference will be.”

A list of the new players, with comments from Jarvis on each:

PG Stefan Moody- 5’9 160 (Poinciana HS)
“Incredible athlete. People will come to the games just waiting for him to get a breakaway dunk.”

C  Dragan Seikelja – 7’0, 255 – transfer (Baylor)
“My number one recruit who sat out last year.”

PF Chris Bryant – 6’8  190 (Fishburne Military School)
“Highly recruited out of high school. Real competitor. High energy guy. Has a lot of talent.”

Stefan Moody. Photo courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel

SF Devonte Thornton – 6’7 195 (Osborne HS)
“We call him a slasher. He’s more of a penetrator. Loves to play defense. Great personality. Physically when he develops he’ll be pretty good.”

F Javier Lacunza – 6’8  205 (Spain)
“Long, young, skilled. Typical European type player. Can shoot it, pass it, put it on the ground.”

PG Cavon Baker- 6’2 175 (New Hope Academy)
“Tough New York-type player. Will probably be our second best athlete after Stefan. Could be a really, really good guard for us. Competitive, talented, athletic.”

SG- Jackson Trapp- 6’4 185 (Fishburne Military School)
“Shooting guard but can also play some one. Real solid. Smart kid. Smart player.”

C-Justin Raffington- 6’9 225 – transfer (University of San Francisco)
“I think with a year of our system and just getting stronger from the waist down he’ll be great. He’ll give us another big body to go along with Dragan.”

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    DaveJun 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I love this team and all but Coach Jarvis has to learn to start taking responsibilities for some of his own failures and stop putting it 100% on his players all the time…