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Jupiter center Grant Pelchen has verbally committed to FAU. (Photo courtesy of Grant Pelchen)

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Another big get

Jupiter center Grant Pelchen commits to FAU and will be the third player 6-foot-9 or taller playing for the Owls next season.

Originally published on 11/1/2012

by Marcus Nelson

When Jupiter senior center Grant Pelchen went to dinner on his official visit to Florida Atlantic last weekend, he was impressed that people kept coming over the the table to talk to Owls coach Mike Jarvis.

Jarvis may turn into an even bigger celebrity in Boca Raton if he keeps bringing in players such as Pelchen, who verbally committed to the Owls a few days after visiting campus

At 6-foot-10, Pelchen will be the third player 6-foot-9 or taller on the roster next season, joining centers Dragen Sekalja (7-0) and Justin Raffington (6-9) who will be seniors in 2013-14.

“I like the way coach Jarvis plays his big men,” Pelchen told Owl Access on Thursday. “It seems that some teams are more point-guard based, but coach Jarvis likes to use his big men.”

Pelchen, who weighs around 240 pounds, is seen as player who could pay dividends down the road, especially if he can add some weight.

And that is the plan as the staff would like to see Pelchen beef up to around 260 pounds and own the low block.

“I talked to the strength coach while I was there and he said he would turn me into a monster,” Pelchen told Owl Access on Thursday.

Pelchen has been to campus before in camps, but was even more impressed on his official visit.

“It was really nice,” Pelchen said. “I knew about the new football stadium and some of my friends go there and they really like it.”

Stetson and Jacksonville also had offered Pelchen, who scored 8.3 points per game last season, but is a talented defensive player averaging 7.1 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game.

Pelchen, who plans to sign with the Owls later this month,  would be the first player from Palm Beach County to play for the Owls since guard Xavier Perkins, a St. Andrew's graduate, who was at FAU from 2006-09.
 

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