FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Suncoast Credit Union FGCU Athletics Scholar-Athletes of the Month for December have been announced, along with the men’s senior football team. Markus Maurer (Friedrichshafen, Germany/Max Planck High School/Monroe College) and fifth-year police girls’ basketball Shaw Carter (Southfield, Mich./Wylie E. Groves HS/Walsh) get the honor.
One male and one female Eagle is selected each month as an FGCU Athletics scholar-athlete during the academic year. Important factors in selection for the honor include a combination of outstanding athletic performance and overall academic success. Maurer and Carter are getting the respect first. Hailey Jerew (Miami, Fla. Cutler Bay Senior High) from swimming and diving and Caleb Catto (Cape Coral, Fla. Southwest Florida Christian Academy) from men’s basketball received the highest ranking in November.
“Sha is a great student and a great basketball player,” said the FGCU women’s basketball coach. Karl Smesko. “He is a great addition to our program this year.”
Carter is third on the team in scoring this season with 227, averaging 11.4 points per game, and is second in currently at 4.6 points per contest. He is one of only three Eagles to score more than 200 points through 20 games.
The fifth-year guard played a key role in FGCU’s 18-2 start. He started all 20 games this season for the Green & Blue, accumulating 426 minutes.
Carter was the leading scorer on Thursday against Queens (NC), part of a season-best 95-point performance. He scored 22 points and had his first double-double of the season, adding 11 rebounds.
Thursday’s performance marked the fourth time Carter has led the Eagles in scoring, after scoring 18 points against Duke on Dec. 11, 16 at Kentucky in the 18th of December and the 17th and the ASUN opponent of Liberty on the 2nd of January. It was Carter’s second touchdown of the season. to indicate the 20 mark.
Carter won ASUN Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 19 after FGCU’s 69-63 road win over Kentucky. In the classroom, Carter made the President’s list with a perfect 4.0 this past fall semester studying criminal justice.
Maurer finished his senior season at Pickering Field at the FGCU Soccer Complex with two goals, two assists and six points to help men’s soccer to an 8-5 record. -4 seasons.
“Markus takes great pride in everything he does,” said the FGCU head football coach Jesse Cormier. “From his learning habits to the quality of his academic work, he is detail-oriented and highly disciplined. His work ethic and personality are exemplary and deserve the recognition he has received, and we are proud to he’s in our men’s soccer program. and brotherhood.”
Maurer had his best game of the season against Stetson on November 1, where he scored his first goal of the year off a cross and also provided an assist. A few days later on November 5th, Maurer would score the opening goal in the Eagles 4-0 win over North Florida to advance to the ASUN semifinals.
He also registered an assist against Queens (NC) in a 3-0 win. In all, Maurer competed in 16 games with 10 starts and logged 856 total minutes in the Eagles’ campaign. Maurer tied for third on the team with six points and eight goals.
In the classroom, Maurer earned a 3.54 GPA in combined studies during the fall to help the program post its highest point and season GPA (3.47) in history.
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FGCU teams have combined to win 94 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 15-plus seasons at the Division I level. In addition, in just 11-plus seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have combined 47 teams or individuals to compete in the NCAA championship. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to earn an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs are ranked in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22 and No. 25 in 2022-23 ) beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) and men’s soccer (No. 2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) are the four most recent events. In 2016-17, the Green & Blue claimed a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 appearances nationally , ahead of several Power-5 and FBS organizations. In 2018-19, the Eagles earned the ASUN and the state of Florida seven best teams to receive the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Excellence in their sport. FGCU also achieved a record 3.66 GPA in the classroom during the fall 2022 semester and has surpassed the University’s student body for 27 consecutive semesters. The past seven semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2022) have seen another remarkable achievement as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher cumulative GPA. The Eagles also served 7,200 full-time volunteer hours in 2017 – recognized as one of two finalists for the NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.