FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s basketball program has added its third transfer to the roster as head coach Michael Fly announced the signing of Austin Richie (Glenwood, Ill./Don Bosco Institute/Triton College/Tulsa) from the University of Tulsa. Richie will have two years of eligibility remaining as a 6-foot-6, 226-pound guard/forward for the Eagles.
“Austin brings us experience, size, and shot making which I think will really complement the rest of our roster,” said Fly.
Richie played in all 23 games for the Golden Hurricanes with 11 starts this past season averaging 6.7 points and 2.1 rebounds. He had seven games in double-figures including a season-high 19 against Northwestern State. He had 15 points in a win over Northeastern State and a pair of 14-point games at Memphis and at East Carolina as well. All 11 of his starts came during AAC play.
Before joining Tulsa, Richie was a NJCAA Third-Team All-American in 2019-20 at Triton College in River Grove, Ill. There he averaged 16.4 points and 4.5 rebounds while having the third-most made three pointers in the NJCAA (120-of-267). He had 26 games in double figures including 11 at 20-or-more.
Richie began his college career at Northern Illinois where he averaged 9.7 minutes in 28 games as a true freshman. He posted 2.4 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in his one season in DeKalb.
He graduated from Bloom High School in Chicago Heights where he was a Third Team All-Illinois selection in 2017. He then spent a postgraduate year at the Don Bosco Institute in Crown Pointe, Ind., in 2017-18. There he averaged 18 points and six rebounds en route to being ranked 37th by Midwest Hoops Spotlight in the class of 2018.
The Eagles now have three transfers for 2021-22 as Richie joins guard Matt Halvorsen (Kingsport, Tenn./Christ School/Western Carolina) and forward Carlos Rosario (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Redemption Prep/Pensacola College/McNeese State). The trio will immediately add to the roster which returns three starters in senior Caleb Catto (Cape Coral, Fla./Southwest Florida Christian Academy), junior guard Cyrus Largie (Miramar, Fla./Mater Lakes Academy), and sophomore guard Luis Rolon (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Central Pointe Christian Academy).
In addition, junior Dakota Rivers (Windermere, Fla./Windermere HS), one of the top shot blockers in the ASUN over the last two years, along with sophomore Zach Anderson (Orlando, Fla./Apopka HS) add to the FGCU front court along with redshirt freshman Andre Weir who sat out most of last spring after transferring from Richmond after the fall semester. Redshirt junior Franco Miller, Jr. (Freeport, Bahamas/Ole Miss), and sophomore Victor Rosa (Naranjito, Puerto Rico/Central Pointe Christian Academy) add to the Eagles complement of guards as both played the bulk of the 2020-21 campaign.
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Michael Fly was introduced as the fourth FGCU men’s basketball head coach on April 5, 2018. He had spent the previous seven years as an assistant coach on the Eagles’ staff. In his time with the Eagles, he helped FGCU to a 189-134 record (.585 winning percentage), including six ASUN Tournament Final appearances, three NCAA Tournament victories, three ASUN Tournament titles and three ASUN Regular Season Championships, two berths in the NIT, a CIT appearance and a run to the Sweet 16. He has coached 13 all-conference selections while with the Green and Blue, including two ASUN Player of the Year honors in Sherwood Brown and Brandon Goodwin, two ASUN Defensive Player of the Year selections in Bernard Thompson and Demetris Morant and one ASUN Newcomer of the Year in Schadrac Casimir. Of the top-10 players in career points at FGCU, Fly has helped develop eight of them, including all-time leading scorer Thompson (1,835). Additionally, the Kentucky alumnus has coached both the ASUN all-time assists leader Brett Comer (845; 24th in NCAA history) and FGCU all-time leading rebounder Chase Fieler (714).
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 13+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 42 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2021) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 23 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall, 2020 Spring, and 2020 Fall semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.