Mar 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Florida Gulf Coast Eagles guard Christophe Varidel (5) and forward Filip Cvjeticanin (15) and forward Eric McKnight (12) react during the second half of the semifinals game against the Florida Gators in the South regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Cowboys Stadium. Florida defeated Florida Gulf Coast 62-50. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gulf Coast forward Filip Cvjeticanin out for 2014 season

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The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will be without the services of forward Filip Cvjeticanin, as the senior is out for the season with an injury. Unfortunately for the talented senior, he will be undergoing back surgery on Monday and the team will be forced to redshirt the 6’9″ Cvjeticanin. 

The school released a statement regarding the injury:

“Filip’s back has plagued him for some time. He hasn’t been able to lift weights and has missed valuable practice time,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Joe Dooley said in the statement. “This procedure will hopefully fix those issues. It gives him some time to get stronger and continue to develop. We’re looking forward to having him rehab here at FGCU following the procedure and expect him to contribute significantly during the 2015-16 season.”

Big things were expected out of Filip Cvjeticanin for the 2014-15 college basketball season. Especially after the Croatian native had a pretty good junior year, as he averaged 6.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and shot over .40 percent from beyond the arc in 22.4 minutes per game.

Florida Gulf Coast, who has missed two consecutive NCAA Tournaments after their magical #DunkCity run, lost to Mercer in the Atlantic Sun Tournament title game last season.

Filip Cvjeticanin expected back for the 2015-2016 season.

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