On a team led by a productive group of seniors, Christian Terrell was able to stand out on the court for FGCU as a freshman. As a sophomore with experience, it's almost a given that he will be featured much more prominently in the rotation, perhaps even as a starter. With more consistent playing time, Terrell will have every opportunity to take that next step and become a weapon for the Eagles.
"I think I'm going to play more because of Brett (Comer) and Bernard (Thompson) leaving," he said. "And i think I'm going to be ready to play because they helped me out with whatever position I'm going to be in this year."
As a combo guard, Terrell had the luxury of learning under two of FGCU's most influential players in program history in Comer and Thompson. While their success blocked him from getting consistent playing time, the lasting impact that they had on his growth could turn out to be immeasurable. As a freshman, he averaged nearly 12 minutes per game, but the deviation within that statistic is what stands out. In 33 games, he had eight games where he played five minutes or less, and six games where he played 20 minutes or more. This year, barring foul trouble of course, there is likely to be less variance in his minutes as he takes on a larger role.
"I didn't really know how much I was going to play in any game really. Like some games I'd play two minutes, and some I'd play 20," Terrell said.
In order to prepare for this coming season, Terrell took this past summer more seriously than he's taken any summer. Following the conclusion of the school year, he returned home to Jacksonville where he worked out with his high school coaches from Jacksonville Providence. Along with his coaches, he was joined by former teammate and current Duke standout Grayson Allen, fresh off of winning the National Championship. With Allen being a key component to Duke's National Title run, Terrell feels that competing with him has helped him to raise his game.
"He's an awesome player. He works really hard," Terrell said. "I kind of got into the habit of working with him, so it kind of boosted my game as well."
Last year, Terrell averaged 3.3 points per game, along with 1.6 rebounds and nearly an assist per game. The lanky 6'4" sharp shooter shot the three at a 34.5-percent clip, and knocked down 75-percnt of his free throw attempts. As he gets more involved in the offense, look for all of those numbers to tick up a bit.
In high school, Terrell was known for a dunk that went viral where he posterized a defender on a fast break. While he didn't have any dunks last year, he will try and take advantage of transition opportunities this season by dropping the hammer down on the rim.
"I think I can get back to it, but in college it's a little harder to get dunks, especially for guards," he said. "We're more like mid-range, floater type stuff, but I think I can get back to it in transition. Just getting out and running, I think I can get a few dunks in transition this year."