Florida Gulf Coast had a big time transfer on campus last weekend: Laquincy Rideau. The former Gardner Webb floor general took in the sights and sounds of Dunk City in person. Hanging out with his host Zach Johnson and talking with the coaching staff, Rideau was enamored by FGCU.
"There’s just so much to do on campus," Rideau told Scout.
The 6-foot-1 point guard also plans to visit Oklahoma State, Nevada, and Middle Tennessee. He is looking for a school to "earn more recognition and get to the tournament.” FGCU, which routinely packs 4,633 person Alico Arena and has made the Big Dance three out of the last five years, certainly fits the bill in that regard.
And the West Palm Beach, Fla. native product already has some familiarity with the roster. He played against Christian Carlyle in the Kreul Classic his senior season at Blanche Ely High School and faced off against Zach Johnson numerous times as well. And now it looks like they could potentially unite as teammates, with the FGCU coaching staff seeing a great fit.
"They like the way I come off pick and rolls and my defense," Rideau said. "And the way I can score the balls in many ways."
He did more than just score the ball for Gardner Webb last season. In addition to putting up 14.2 points per game on 47% shooting from the field, the dynamic guard averaged 5.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 3 steals. When asked to describe his game, Rideau put it very simply.
"I like to say Westbrook."
Rideau was very close to mimicking the triple-double machine a few times this season, most notably against Charleston Southern when he tallied an insane 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. Where he will bring his Westbrook-esque game to will depend on two factors.
"I would say the coaching staff and the style of play," said Rideau, who will have to sit one year due to NCAA transfer rules and then will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.