2022 Record: 35-4 (16-2)
Head Coach: Dusty May (Career Record 101-60)
PG: Bryan Greenlee (7.3 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 2.1 Ast)
SG: Nick Boyd (8.9 Pts, 4.3 Reb, 2.4 Ast)
SF: Alijah Martin (13.4 Pts, 5.3 Reb, 1.4 Ast)
PF: Johnell Davis (13.8 Pts, 5.4 Reb, 1.6 Ast)
C: Vlad Goldin (10.2 Pts, 6.5 Reb, 0.4 Ast)
6: PG Jalen Gaffney (4.3 Pts, 2.7 Reb, 2.3 Ast)
7: PF Giancarlo Rosado (5.8 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 1.4 Ast)
8: SG Brandon Weatherspoon (5.0 Pts, 2.2 Reb, 0.8 Ast)
9: SF Tre Carroll (3.4 Pts, 1.8 Reb, 0.4 Ast)
10: PF Brenen Lorient (0.8 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.1 Ast)
11: PF Isaiah Gaines (1.8 Pts, 1.6 Reb, 0.2 Ast)
12: SG Devin Vanterpool
13: SG Jakel Powell
FAU returns 90% of their production from a team that won 35 games and reached the final four last season. Their chemistry will be top notch going into this season and they have great depth on the bench. The Owls return the backcourt duo of Nick Boyd and Bryan Greenlee. Boyd is listed as a sophomore but he’s going into his 4th year of college and missed the entire 2021-22 season due to injury. Boyd is a quick guard who can also light it up from beyond the arc. He’s one of the players that made the most strides this offseason according to Coach Dusty May. Greenlee is a former high major transfer who has really found his home at FAU. He is another player that shot above 40% from three this past season. He’s going into his 5th and final season with the Owls this year. Another player returning is G/F Tre Carroll. He redshirted his freshman year and appeared sparingly in 18 games last season. With the departure of Michael Forrest, there’s an open spot in the rotation and that could be Carroll’s for the taking.
The Owls also return their “two headed monster” at the center position in Vlad Goldin and Giancarlo Rosado. Goldin, the starting center, is the anchor down low for the Owls. He is another player that started his career out at a high major. Goldin is very efficient around the rim shooting 63% from the floor last season. He struggles a bit from the free throw line and has no range at all. He’s also improved as a rebounder and been a solid shot blocker during his FAU career as well. Giancarlo Rosado is undersized at the center position being only 6-8. He does play much bigger though and can go toe to toe with guys nearly 4-5 inches taller than him. Rosado shot an efficient 64% from the floor last season and is also a very good passer for a big man. He has been described by some as being similar in play style to Boris Diaw. The Owls also return PFs Brenen Lorient and Isaiah Gaines as depth pieces. There could be more minutes for both of them this season. Gaines is a former JUCO player and Lorient is a rising sophomore that still has a ton of upside.
Two more returners for the Owls are Jalen Gaffney and Brandon Weatherspoon. Gaffney, a former UConn transfer, started 23 games for the Owls last season. He had a rough year from the floor shooting the ball at 33%. He was a very good passer last season though and took care of the ball very well. He also rebounds at a good rate for a guard. Weatherspoon also started 23 games last season for the Owls. He plays with a ton of energy and hit some big shots last season. He should improve his shooting splits going into next season and have a bit more of an elevated role as well. FAU also signed 2 freshman guards in the class of 2023. The minutes might be hard to get this season but both players are very good and should develop well in this system. Devin Vanterpool a 3 star guard out of New York is a talented offensive player and shot creator. 3 star guard Jakel Powell from North Carolina was a reclass from the 2024 to 2023 class.
The best returning players for the Owls this season are Alijah Martin and Johnell Davis. Martin has been dealing with a minor injury and it was reported that he didn’t play in this past weekends scrimmage. Martin is an extremally athletic player who plays with a ton of confidence and can do just about anything on the floor. Martin shot 44% from the floor and 38% from three this past season. Johnell Davis is a very talented scoring who really started to come on in the second half of the season. Both Martin and Davis play bigger than they are which allows the Owls to play a 4 guard lineup. Johnell Davis is elite at scoring at the rim off the drive. He is also a 3 level scorer who shot 36% from three this past season. Both Davis and Martin will be the key this year for the Owls.
Florida Atlantic has a lot of hype going into next season due to winning 35 games and the final four run they made. With the Owls returning nearly everyone from last seasons team, it makes sense why they are being so respected nationally. Someone will have to step up a bit to replace the production that was lost due to Michael Forrest exhausting his eligibility. The Owls once again have the depth to be very competitive and their #10 preseason AP Poll ranking proves that. FAU is currently picked to win the AAC which is the league they just joined this season. FAU will be in a battle with Memphis for the league title.