How the Florida Tech Panthers are Doing Postseason
By Space Coast Daily // August 17, 2021
The last college season was badly impacted by COVID. Many games were postponed before the season picked up again this year. And even then, the Florida Tech Panthers still had a match postponed against Saint Leo back in March. But with sports seemingly moving forward with infection rates falling, hopefully the next campaign we get to enjoy will be a full one.
Last season ended with a record of 4-4 for the Panthers, which may have not been what people expected if you were looking at college basketball odds and scores. In fact, many places had them doing incredibly well last season, but a stop-start season really did have an impact on the team.
Their regular season wasn’t great to say the least, but despite that, they claimed a win in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament against Tampa. However it would be the same team they had a match postponed against, Saint Leo, that they would then lose to in the follow-up game.
But with last season now behind them, what does the future hold? Well, let’s take a look at what news has been floating around the Florida Tech campus, and see if things bode better for them for the 2021/22 season.
Turgut makes 2021 signing class
Head coach of the Florida Tech Panthers, Billy Mims, announced that Turkish recruit, Can Kaan Turgut, was a new addition to the 2021 men’s basketball signing class. He signed after an incredible campaign in Istanbul, Turkey, and now looks forward to pulling on the Panthers crimson and gray.
A big player, Turgut stands at 6ft 6” tall and weighs 200 lbs. He’s a wing-forward who has played at the highest level in Europe, having starred for Besiktas’ men’s team in both the Turkish Super League and the European Champions League. So he brings a lot of experience with him to the Panthers.
In terms of stats, they’re mighty impressive having racked up an average of 3.5 points per game over the last two seasons in Turkey. He’s also averaged 1.0 rebound, 1.0 assist and 0.5 blocks per game, whilst shooting 50% from the field, 45% beyond the arc and 75% at the charity stripe.
In an interview with Florida Tech Sports, he had the following to say:
“First of all, I would like to say that I am very happy and excited to be a part of the Florida Tech Family,” said Turgut. “I want to thank everybody that supported me on this journey, especially my family. Also, I want to thank Coach Mims for this great opportunity. I have been having this dream since I was a little boy and finally it’s a great pleasure to have it for the next four years.”
Panthers coach jets out to Greece
Not for the first time, Billy Mims is heading to Heraklion, Greece this summer to serve as a keynote speaker and leading coaching expert at the 2021 Elite Basketball Camps and Clinics. It’s a role that he takes incredibly seriously, and understands the importance of as not only a representative of the coaches at Florida Tech, but also the USA:
“I’m very excited to be invited back to Greece this summer to again speak to camps and clinics in Heraklion,” said Mims. “The hospitality of the people there is amazing, and the landscape is breathtaking. Basketball is a huge sport in Greece, and the young people playing the game are very enthusiastic. I look forward to being a positive ambassador for Florida Tech and the U.S.A. during my time there.”
It’s a cause that Mims feels very passionate about, as he understands the importance that sport can have on education and vice versa. And so he, amongst a number of others, have been making trips over to Greece for sometime now to help the talented youngsters in the European country, and also helping impart their knowledge and wisdom on their coaches.
And whilst he is there, who knows, maybe he’ll be scouting some new talent for a future Panthers side.
A quiet summer
Besides the addition of Turgut and Mims going off to Greece, it’s a pretty quiet summer so far for the Panthers. Many players have made the honor roll postseason which is great news for the academic side of Florida Tech, but there hasn’t been much movement on the court.
There will likely be new signings coming in, maybe some players leaving before the start of the next campaign. But for now, players will be focusing on enjoying a summer off, whilst likely continuing to play ball to keep their skills sharp before they return for the 2021/22 campaign.