FAU senior guard Greg Gantt launches a contested shot against Arkansas St. Gantt produced his second consecutive 29-point game on Saturday. (Owl Access Photo)
FAU senior guard Greg Gantt, who leads the Owls in scoring, lost 25 pounds before the season started and is enjoying playing with less weight to carry up and down the court.
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The key to the fast start to Greg Gantt's senior season can be attributed to the fact that he is playing like he did as a freshman.
Well, maybe not in style, but certainly in mass.
Gantt shed 25 pounds in the months leading up to the start of the season and currently weighs 198 pounds – about the same weight he played at during his first year at FAU.
“I'm much quicker,” said Gantt, who played at 210 pounds last season and gained additional weight while resting an injured knee during the summer.
“I'm coming off screens a lot better. I don't get tired. My offense is always moving.”
Gantt led the Owls in scoring each of his first three seasons in Boca Raton, including a 14-point average as a junior.
Through seven games this year Gantt has improved that average to 19.1 points per game. Gantt's ability to drive along with his improved post play are the main reasons for the increase. He's scored 29 points in each of his last two games and failed to reach double figures only once this season.
“The reason I wanted him to lose weight was so that he could do more things longer – rebound, stay in his defensive stance and keep moving,” FAU coach Mike Jarvis said.
“Greg used to always come down the court and just stop. He was very easy to defend. Now he's scoring the way he should be scoring. I've always told him he's not just a jump shooter. He's a scorer.”
Gantt's newly rediscovered fitness is helping him do more than simply score. After failing to average at least four rebounds in each of his first three seasons, Gantt is pulling down 6.1 boards so far this year – second best on the Owls. He's also averaging a team-high 34.7 minutes per game.
“I'm playing a lot of minutes and I'm not really getting tired,” Gantt said. “I feel like I could play all day.”
Need to Knows: Owls @ Hatters
FAU (3-4, 1-1 Sun Belt)
at Stetson (2-3, 0-0 A-Sun)
- About the Owls: Although FAU and Stetson have met 30 times over the years, this will be the first meeting in five seasons. ...Jordan McCoy leads the Owls with 6.7 rebounds per game. ...With 10 steals, Jackson Trapp is the only Owl in double figures. ...The 72 points the Owls scored in Saturday's victory over Arkansas St. is their high for the year.
- About the Hatters: Stetson leads the all-time series 16-14 and has won 11 of the 15 games in Deland. ...Stetson has lost its last three games, including an 86-63 defeat at Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday. ...The Hatters returned all five starters and 90 percent of their scoring from a team that went 9-20 last season. ...Stetson is shooting 34.5 percent from 3-point range.
- Projected Starting Lineups
Coach: Casey Alexander
G Logan Irwin 5-10 Fr. (4.7 ppg)
G Joel Naburgs 6-3 Sr. (12.3 ppg)
G Chris Perez 6-3 Jr. (10.5 ppg)
F Willie Green 6-6 Jr. (8.0 ppg)
C Adam Pegg 6-9 Sr. (14.6 ppg)
Coach: Mike Jarvis
G Jackson Trapp 6-4 Fr. (8.0 ppg)
G Pablo Bertone 6-2 Jr. (5.6 ppg)
G Greg Gantt 6-2 Sr. (19.1ppg)
F Jordan McCoy 6-6 Sr. (5.1 ppg)
C Dragan Sekelja 7-0 Jr. (4.6 ppg)