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Dragan Sekelja will try to continue a string of solid games when the Owls play at Arkansas-Little Rock on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Owl Pix)

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Waking The Dragon

Center Dragan Sekelja is showing signs of living up to his potential.

Originally published on 1/24/2013

by Alyssa Barbieri

The Dragan is slowly being unleashed upon Florida Atlantic. Dragan Sekelja has recently stepped up his play and the Owls will need him to continue that success when they kick off a two-game road trip at Arkansas-Little Rock on Thursday.

In the past two games against Troy and North Texas, Sekelja has scored 14 points, nabbed 10 rebounds, recorded 6 assists and a block.

While Owls coach Mike Jarvis is pleased with Sekelja’s recent play he still expects better from the 7-foot center.

“He needs to work and play harder. He needs to play as hard as he can,” Jarvis said. “He needs to remember that it’s OK to get off the ground. He needs to start going after every ball with two hands and being the player he’s capable of which will start to happen when he starts to be more aggressive particularly after the ball whether it’s on offense or defense.”

Jarvis said Sekelja has all the tools to be a dominant player and the only thing holding him back is him.

“God gave him a great body,” Jarvis said. “Not only did he give him height, he gave him good hands. He gave him a lot of skills that a lot of smaller guys don’t have and he should be much better than he is. The only thing preventing him from being better is him.”

 

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About the Owls: Greg Gantt is averaging 22.5 PPG, which ranks third in the nation. … Guard Chris Bryant is sidelined for about a month due to a right ankle injury. … Guard Richard Morrow is making the trip to Arkansas for the two-game roadtrip after missing a couple weeks with concussion-like symptoms. … FAU can match last season’s win total (11) with a victory over the Trojans.

About the Trojans:
In their lone meeting last season, the Trojans defeated the Owls in a low-scoring affair 40-38 on Jan. 7, 2012 …  The Trojans have won 3 out of their last 4 games … Will Neighbour is leading the Trojans with 11 PPG.
 

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