2013 NCAA Tournament Video: Florida Gulf Coast’s Brett Comer Playing in Father’s Memory
The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles have swept the nation this week, becoming the first ever 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16.
As the Eagles prepare for No. 3 Florida, the Eagles’ players are becoming more and more known about. From their leading scorers in Sherwood Brown and Bernard Thompson, Florida Gulf Coast features a loaded lineup that is obviously playing their best basketball of the season.
Sophomore guard Brett Comer also fits that trend to perfection, but it’s not only his on the court play that is gaining attention, it’s also his inspiring story. Comer is leading the nation is assists this postseason, averaging 12 per game through the Eagles’ first two NCAA Tournament victories. With the support of so many, Comer is playing with a heavy heart, as the story of his father and tattoo tributes continue to gather attention.
You see, Comer’s father, Troy, was his former AAU coach and back in 2010, he passed away after a battle with lung cancer. Brett, who was a former high school teammate of Austin Rivers, a former Duke Blue Devil who is now a member of the New Orleans Hornets, has two tattoos that serve as tributes to his father.
Albeit, he only wishes his father could be a part of their special run, he understands that he is only where he is today because of the impact that he had.
Comer will look to help Dunk City continue its winning ways on Friday night when the Eagles take on the Gators from Arlington, Texas.