Florida Gulf Coast’s ‘Dunk City’ offense
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
They seemingly play without fear – and laugh at the idea of using a full shot clock – riling up the crowd while zipping up and down the court, punctuating trips to the basket with acrobatic dunks.
Sounds like the Harlem Globetrotters, right?
Close, but Florida Gulf Coast players aren’t off by much. The self-proclaimed team from “Dunk City” features similarly electric energy and outrageous slam dunks as the professional exhibitionists.
“Their style of play is very similar to ours,” Globetrotter Tay “Firefly” Fisher said by phone Monday. “(Point guard Brett Comer) had 14 assists (Sunday), and they were all, like, no-look passes, alley-oops. It was great to watch.”
As Fisher and his Globetrotter teammates gathered at a Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the Eagles beat San Diego State and earn a trip to the Sweet 16, they loved the variety of dunks FGCU players threw down and raved about the Eagles’ on-court emotion and post-game celebrations.
“The way they dunk the ball and the way they pass the ball, it’s very similar,” Fisher said. “We call that ‘Globetrotter Style,’ not Gangnam Style. … The dunks, their showmanship. After the game, they were dancing and they were excited. They’re like that during the games, too. People love to see that.”
In two tournament games, dunks have accounted for 18.5% of the Eagles’ made field goals, the third-highest percentage among Sweet 16 teams. FGCU plays fast – the Eagles’ tempo ranked among the top 15% of college basketball this season – and the team makes more than 50% of its 2-point field goals.
“That tells me they’re getting a lot of layups and stuff around the rim in large part because they’re such a good transition team,” ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla said Monday. “That speaks to their attack mode. They attack the rim furiously, which is evident by their dunks.”
Funny Fraschilla used the word “attack.” It’s the easiest and most common way to describe what FCGU does.
“That’s just our style of play,” Comer said Sunday. “We want to push the ball down the court and we want to attack, attack, attack. We’re going to be in … [For more on The anatomy of Florida Gulf Coast's 'Dunk City' offense, click here.]