The Maestro of Dunk City

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- “Brett is the maestro of Dunk City,” said FGCU senior guard Bernard Thompson about his best friend Brett Comer. Comer and Thompson have been two of the main architects in turning Florida Gulf Coast from an unknown into Dunk City.

Comer is a floor general capable of doing whatever the team needs. When the offense is stagnate he gets the ball moving. When a scorer is needed, he can put it in the hoop. But the 6’3″ senior from Orlando is at his best setting up others. “His passing ability is extraordinary, I’ve never seen anything like it” said Thompson. “That’s my favorite thing to do, I like to put a little flash on it too so obviously getting a guy a lob for a dunk or kicking out for a three and everybody going kind of crazy is my favorite” said Comer.

Comer has 683 career assists which is the most in Atlantic Sun Conference history. Comer is also the active career leader nationally in assists. Comer has been the teams point guard since he stepped on campus, as a sophomore he alley-ooped the Eagles into the national spotlight with two wins at the NCAA tournament. Comer had ten assists in the first round win against Georgetown and 14 assists in the second round win against San Diego State.”Coming in here you dream of doing something like that and it’s something we all talked about doing but actually seeing it happen was absolutely amazing” said Comer.

Comer’s success at FGCU and two Florida Class 6A State Championships were accomplished after his Dad died of lung cancer. Comer’s Dad, Troy passed away during his junior year of high school, six weeks before Comer won the first of his two State Championships. “That’s the reason why I do have all the tattoos that I have on me is all because of him and to help me deal with the process of his passing” said Comer who played with New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers at Winter Park High School.

Tattooed on the side of Comer’s right arm is a tribute to his father. It reads:
Happiness is not something ready made
It comes from your own actions
You may not control all the events that happen to you
But you can decide not to be reduced by them
Love never hate; forgive but never forget
Live the life you’ve dreamed to the fullest
— Pursuit of Happiness

Comer’s Dad was his coach growing up. Comer still has three months left as a college basketball player to showcase everything that he learned. “We want to win the conference outright this year and obviously go back to the tournament and make some noise again. That’s how I envision myself going out here” said Comer who is averaging 10.5 points and is third in the nation with 7.5 assists per game.

The 8-2 Eagles host 2-6 Furman on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The 7-2 FGCU women’s basketball team plays before that game at 4:30 p.m. against 6-3 Northern Colorado.

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