FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU Men's Basketball hasn't always been national news. WINK News spoke to high school coaches who knew the guys long before March Madness, when playing in the NCAA Tournament was only a dream.
"I'm real proud, don't know how else to describe it, we've had a lot of great players go on to do great things but I'm just really proud of Eddie and all he's done," said Bishop Verot High School's Head Basketball Coach, Matt Herting. Every hero has a hometown. Eddie Murray's neighbors in North Fort Myers say this is where the 6ft 8in forward spent countless hours practicing.
"The was out there a lot. he was always out there and every time you went by he was going to make a basket," said neighbor Marianne Rosenhuer.
Murray's high school coach Matt Herting says all that practicing is paying off.
"He wasn't the greatest player from the time he was two years old on up, but he was just a guy who worked hard and was a great kid and was in it for the right reasons," Herting said.
WINK News also spoke with Winter Park High School's Varsity Basketball Coach David Bailey who worked with point guard Brett Comer.
He's the kind of kid who would rather have rather have 10 assists than ten points, he understands to that he has a job and a role to do and his job is to make other people better and he does a great job at that," Bailey said.
Both coaches agree, their former students are now forces to be reckoned with.
"I think that their draw in that bracket to the sweet 16, beyond that is rough, but I think to get to the sweet 16 is super favorable for those guys," Herting stated.