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NCAA Basketball March Madness

2013 NCAA Tournament: Florida Gulf Coast’s Brett Comer Shining in Memory of His Father

Howard Smith-USA Today Sports

Florida Gulf Coast has been the story of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

The Eagles made history by becoming the first ever 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16 and now everyone is familiar with the Fort Meyers-based campus.

For sophomore guard Brett Comer however, it’s more than just a special moment for his team and school. It’s a shining moment in which he has excelled in his father’s memory.

Comer attended Winter Park H.S. (FL) and was high school teammates with Austin Rivers, who is now a member of the New Orleans Hornets. Comer was the back court running mate alongside Rivers and the dynamic duo ended up raising Winter Park to a national ranking during their time in high school.

Things changed for Comer however, back in January of 2010 when his father, Troy, passed away from lung cancer. Troy was Brett’s AAU coach and had always been their to support his son, both on and off the court. You look at what Brett and the Eagles are now accomplishing and there’s no doubt he’d have loved to see this historic NCAA Tournament run.

Comer has two tattoos that remind him of his father and the impact that he had in his life growing up. The national televised broadcasts have covered their meaning in more detail over the course of the past few days.

Everything aside, Monday marks a moment for the Eagles to collect their breath, take in their incredible run to the Sweet 16 in and prepare for the Florida Gators — their Sweet 16 opponent.

For Comer though, it’s another incredible memory that albeit he cannot share directly with his father, it’s one that he can certainly share in his memory.

 

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