Living in Estero his whole life, Ryan Rocuant has witnessed the rise of the FGCU basketball program over the years. From attending camp in middle school and meeting Chase Fieler, to watching the renowned Sweet 16 run in 2013, he's been around for it all.
"It was a lot of fun to watch them build what they did." said Rocuant, a 2017 center from Estero High School.
So when the FGCU coaching staff said they wanted him in the program, it was a no-brainer.
"Being able to go there is just a dream come true," Rocuant said.
The local 6-foot-10 big man committed to Florida Gulf Coast as a preferred walk-on on Thursday, becoming the Eagles first commit in the class of 2017.
After averaging 12.5 points and 6.8 rebounds at Estero last season, Rocuant is looking to improve upon his ball-handling and jump shot heading into his senior year.
Part of the training has been done in tandem with FGCU leading scorer and senior forward Marc-Eddy Norelia.
"I’ve had a great relationship with him...he’s tried to give me a glimpse of what they do," Rocuant said. "He’s been trying to prepare me for what I’m gonna see at the next level."
Once on the collegiate level, Rocuant is determined to improve the team that he's watched for so many years.
"My goal is to make an impact on the team, whether it’s on the court or off the court," he said. "I just want to help the team any way I can."