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"Up Close" with Greg Gantt

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Sharpshooter Greg Gantt had quite an impressive first season at Florida Atlantic while setting program records for most threes in a season by a freshman and most points scored by a freshman.

Gantt led the Owls in scoring at 15.6 ppg, a top five finish amongst all league players, and claimed the top spot in three pointers per game with 2.8 per outing, while connecting on a team high 39% of his attempts.

Accordingly, he should have the starting two spot sewn up to begin this year's slate.

While Gantt is quite capable as a scorer, head Coach Mike Jarvis is expecting even more out of the Gainesville native - on both sides of the floor.

"Looking for Greg to be an even better shooter, but also be able to create more off the dribble and get more shots around the basket", Jarvis said. "But what I looking from him most of all, is to start to become a defensive player."

The fact that Gantt is even playing basketball is something he is very grateful for, even to this day.

"I was born premature", said Gantt. "They said I wasn't supposed to live, and that if I did live, that I would be handicapped."

"I made it throughout the doubts that the doctor had about me...and thank God everyday that I am alive, well, and able to do what I am able to do."

Gantt recently sat down with us for "Up Close".

Fast Break

What is your Favorite Book?

"Hoops"

What is your Favorite Movie?

"Star Wars"

Who is your current off the court role model?

"My mother...she always lead me in the right direction, inspiring me to be the best I can and to never settle for less."

How long have you been playing basketball?

"Since I was three years old (15 years)."

What are you most proud of?

"Just where I am as a young man. I am honored I had a two parent home I was raised in and they taught me a lot of life lessons skills. "

What is your major?

"Exercise science, I want to stay in the sports area."

What is your Faith?

"Christian."

Set Plays

Other than FAU, what schools did you consider?

"Belmont, Jacksonville, Central Florida, and GA Southern."

What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?

"Scoring, shooting in general."

What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?

"My biggest weakness is defense, but I have a lot of weaknesses because I haven't perfected anything in basketball yet."

Open Run

Besides basketball, what brought you to FAU?

"The school in general, and the people that I knew coming to FAU. I have a lot of family down south...felt like I would have a chance to be closer. "

What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?

"I really, really enjoy fishing and bowling, and do that as much as I can in the off season. I have a little Maltese at home - GiGi."

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

"Getting A's and B's in my classes, get closer to God, and help my team win the conference championship and make our dreams come true."

Coming Up

Our next player stayed in the Las Vegas Cesar's Palace.

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