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Lee Herald Favicon 16FGCU WOMEN RACKING UP TRANSFERS

The FGCU women’s basketball team has signed a pair of transfers as the Eagles look to reload after reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history this past March.

Destiny Washington-Mabon signed with the Eagles on Friday as a graduate transfer from Ball State. The 5-foot-10 forward will have one season with FGCU.

“We are really excited to add Destiny to our team,” FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. “She is an efficient scorer, an excellent defender and a very aggressive rebounder.  Destiny’s experience and toughness should prove very valuable this season.”

Washington-Mabon started in all 27 games she played in for Ball State last season, and was the Cardinals’ second leading scorer(12.0 ppg) and rebounder(6.7 rpg). Ball State went 25-7 last season, finishing third in the MAC, but a first-round loss in the conference tournament sent them to the WNIT, where they beat Middle Tennessee in their opener before losing to Purdue in the second round.

Washington-Mabon becomes the third graduate transfer to join FGCU in as many years. Last season, the Eagles brought in Lisa Zderadicka, FGCU’s backup point guard last season from Houston Baptist, and got one year out of Jordin Alexander by way of Brown. Zderadicka joined the Eagles as a junior, and still have another season left.

A common trait of Smesko teams has been to load up on transfer players. Of last season’s five graduating seniors, only two, Jessica Cattani and Taylor Gradinjan, started with FGCU as a freshman.

Of the three recent transfers to join FGCU, Washington-Mabon will be the only one playing in 2018-19. Detroit Mercy transfer Anja Marinjkovic, and Albany’s Emma List.

Last season’s roster had four transfers sitting out who all become eligible this season, including Dunbar’s Keri Jewett-Giles, who returns home from Southern Miss. Stony Brook transfer Davion Wingate, William & Mary’s Tyra Cox, and Wagner’s Kerstie Phills also become eligible this season along with junior college transfer Erna Normil moving across town from Florida SouthWestern.

TWO PITCHERS DRAFTED

Two FGCU baseball pitchers were picked in this week’s Major League Baseball draft, both in the 23rd round.

Lefty Josh Dye was drafted by the Kansas City Royals, while right-hander and Gulf Coast High School graduate Mario Leon was picked by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dye pitched 229.2 innings for FGCU, compiling a 17-12 record and a 2.98 ERA.

Leon went 15-14 as a starter in 242.2 innings of work with a 4.23 ERA. Perhaps Leon’s best accomplishment with the Eagles came in a victory against then No. 2 Florida in 2017 in FGCU’s first game at JetBlue Park.

Dye and Leon make 31 FGCU players drafted by MLB teams, extending a streak of players drafted that runs back to 2006.

JUCO TRANSFER COMING FILLS ONE OF TWO OPENINGS

The FGCU men’s basketball team has two open scholarships for the 2018-19 season, but one of them appears to have filled up.

Decardo Day, a junior college transfer from Iowa Western Community College, has verbally committed to FGCU. Day said he was coming to FGCU on Twitter, posting photos of himself in FGCU’s athletic offices while wearing an Eagles uniform. Of interest was Day’s posing in the number 0, worn by the two most prolific point guards in program history, first by Brett Comer and most recently by Brandon Goodwin.

“I know the next two years will be very important for me to continue to grow on and off the court. So I’m excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and basketball career in a place I will call home next year…Florida Gulf Coast University,” Day wrote.

 

The program cannot comment on players who haven’t officially signed by NCAA rules.

Last season at Iowa Western, Day averaged 10.6 points and 3.1 assists per game in just over 16 minutes per game. Day shot 41 percent from the floor, and 35 percent from three. He played his freshman season at Southern Utah.

The Eagles are in severe need of guards after the graduation of Goodwin and Christian Terrell, and Zach Johnson leaving for Miami as a graduate transfer. Guard Darnell Rogers also left the program after his freshman season.


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