“The mission of the Florida National University Athletic Department is to provide assistance within an athletic structure that promotes the development of a well rounded education through structured sport and competition, to develop life skills of discipline, integrity, leadership, philanthropy and social responsibility, to elevate ethnic and cultural diversity within the athletic programs, to assure equitable opportunity for all staff and student-athletes, and to make the athletic program a durable source of pride for the student population, student-athletes, alumni, university, and community of FNU.”
Scott Schmidt FNU Athletic Director and Head Coach
Scott Schmidt has been involved with basketball his entire life. He attended Mitchell high school in Mitchell, South Dakota where he played two years of varsity basketball, four years varsity baseball and two years in varsity football. Schmidt attended college in South Dakota (Dakota Wesleyan University) where he also took part in varsity basketball and baseball while attaining his Bachelors in Business Administration. Scott has since achieved his Masters in Sports and Leisure commerce from the University of Memphis while being a part of the Mike Miller Foundation. Read more…
Conquistadors finish MLK Classic road trip 1-2
Friday January 16, 2015, Apprentice School 81 – FNU 76
The Conquistadors traveled to Newport News Virginia to participate in the MLK Classic, hosted by the Apprentice School. They finished the trip 1-2 dropping their overall record to 12-9. In the first game the Conquistadors played the host team, Apprentice School for the second time this season. Despite a double digit win in the first meeting between the two USCAA opponents, the Apprentice School pulled off a close game that saw several runs including a 7-0 run to start the game. The Conquistadors responded by rattling off 10 straight points to get back in the game. Regan O’ Rourke led the Conquistadors in scoring with 24 points shooting 6-13 from three point range. The highlight of the game came from Florida National’s Jarvis Davis. He took a pass from Quantavis Hall and dunked the ball on two Apprentice players. Oddly enough Jarvis was injured on the play, but a foul was never called. Jarvis finished the game with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Quantavis Hall added 17 points going 9-10 from the free throw line and the bench was led by Aldor Kola who finished with 14 points going 3-7 from the 3 point line. It was a 23-4 run in the second half that doomed the Conquistadors. Jay Meledez led the builders in scoring with 19 points. Jamal Curry and DeAndre Demiel had 15 and 17 points respectively.
Saturday January 17, 2015, FNU 73 – Williamson Trade School 51
On day 2 of the MLK Classic it was all Conquistadors as they dominated Williamson Trade School 73-51. The game was never in question as the Conquistadors used their size advantage and athleticism to overpower the smaller players from Williamson Trade. John Hogan led the Conquistadors posting a double double with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Terric Harris and Quantavis Hall chipped in with double figures scoring 17 and 13 points respectively. Williamson Trade was led by Chris Devinney who scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Keron Tull added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Sunday January 18, 2015, Bryant & Stratton 83 – FNU 81
Day 3 provided the best game of the MLK Classic as the Conquistadors played high powered, Bryant & Stratton College (VB). The Bobcats got off to an early lead with some hot three point shooting. Zachary Johnson led the Bobcats hitting three of his four three pointers in the first ten minutes of the game to give the Bobcats an early five point lead. The Bobcats would eventually pull out a close 83-81 victory. Johnson finished with 19 points 10 rebounds, 2 assist and 3 blocks. Jaleel Ferguson added 16 points for the Bobcats. The Conquistadors had a more balanced attack. Jarvis Davis was one of the best players at the MLK Classic. He led the Conquistadors with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assist and 1 block. After sitting out of game two of the Classic, Jarvis continued to punish opponents who tried to stop his path to the basket by dunking the ball with power and grace. Jarvis finished with 6 dunks in two games played at the MLK Classic. Quantavis Hall scored 16 points had 7 assist and 4 steals. Terric Harris and John Hogan scored in double figures with 17 and 14 points respectively.
The Conquistadors will be back in action Saturday afternoon at 1. The travel to Florida College to take on the Falcons in a very important USCAA battle. The Conquistadors are ranked #6 in the USCAA polls and are trying to earn a berth in the USCAA National Tournament.
First Annual Dr. Jose Regueiro FNU Conquistador Classic Recap
The Florida National University Men’s basketball team wrapped up its First Annual Dr. Jose Reguero FNU Conquistador Classic this weekend finishing with a 3-0 record.
On Thursday it was all business as the Florida National University Conquistadors steam rolled the Clearwater Christian College Cougars 98-54 on the opening day of the First Annual Dr. Jose Regueiro FNU Conquistador Classic. The game was never in doubt as the Conquistadors built a 31 point lead at halftime. The Conquistadors started the game hot from three point range connecting on 13 out of 21 attempts. Newcomer, Bryan Smith hit 4-6 three pointers to lead the team with 16 first half points. Forward Aldor Kola and guard Tony Uribe were a combined 6-8 from three point range contributing to the hot shooting first half. Five players ended the game in double figures. Smith had 21, Uribe, Kola and senior Julian Johnson added 18 points apiece and another newcomer K-Ci Maultsby chipped in with 11 points 2 assist and 6 rebounds. The Conquistadors ended the game shooting 69% from the field and 64% from three point range. The Conquistadors will be back in action tonight as they will take on the Florida College Falcons at 8pm.
In the early game, the Grace Bible College Tigers survived a furious second half rally to defeat the Florida College Falcons 74-77. The Tigers had a balanced scoring attack putting four players in double figures. Cameron Cramer and Travis Radar scored 14 points apiece; Rod Altidor added 12 points and Bernard Smith chipped in with 11 points. The Florida College Falcons were led by Dennis Gravely and McMichael Jamison who scored 23 and 19 points respectively. Grace Bible will be back in action today at 6pm. They will take on Clearwater Christian.
On Friday the Conquistadors defeated an athletic Florida College team that presented several problems in the first half. High flyer, McMichael Jamison gave the Conquistadors fits with his athletic ability. He finished with 17 points including 3 high light reel dunks, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Conquistadors would finally take control of the game led by tournament MVP, Quantavis Hall. He scored 21 points including 6-6 from the free throw line. Regan O’ Rourke was steady again from long range connecting on 4 of 6 three point chances to finish with 14 points and 12 assist. Aldor Kola had 12 points and 9 rebounds off the bench and John Hogan and Terric Harris chipped in with 9 and 10 points respectively.
The final game of the Classic was the best as perennial NCCAA power, Grace Bible began the game by putting on a shooting clinic. The Tigers shot a smoking 74% percent from the floor including 8-10 from 3 point range. The Tigers put 4 players in double figures. Freshman big man Bernard Smith was unstoppable in the first half using his power and pump fakes to frustrate the Conquistadores. He finished with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Jared Bradford and Rod Altidor scored 22 and 20 points respectively. Senior Brad Rosenzweig chipped in with 12 points, all on 3 point baskets.
In the second half down 63-51, the Conquistadors made some defense adjustments by deciding to bring quick double teams on any post catches to wear down the Tigers big men. They also fronted the post and made the pass into the post difficult by closely guarding the passer. After a few stops, the Conquistadors began chipping away at the Tigers lead. Floor general Quantavis Hall was unstoppable as he sliced through the Tiger’s defense to score 26 points. He was 2-2 from 3 point range and 8-8 from the free throw line. The Conquistadors got a huge boost of the bench from sharp shooter, Aldor Kola. Kola poured in 20 points going 4-5 from 3 point range. With Grace making a run and the shot clock winding down, Kola hit a step back 3 point shot that proved to be the nail in the Tigers coffin. USCAA 3 point shot leader, Regan O’ Rourke scored 17 points, had 11 assist and pulled down 5 rebounds. USCAA field goal percentage leader, Yves Goedschalk poured in 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assist and 4 steals. Jarvis Davis added 10 points.
McMichael Jamison Florida College 17ppg
Eddie Moralobo Clearwater Christian 22ppg
Bernard Smith Grace Bible 15ppg
Aldor Kola Florida National 16ppg
Quantavis Hall Florida National 22ppg
Quantavis Hall (MVP) Florida National
Florida National 3-0
Grace Bible 2-1
Florida College 1-2
Clearwater Christian 0-3
The Conquistadors will travel to Newport News Virginia on Thursday to play in the MLK Classic held at the Apprentice School. They will play the Apprentice School Friday at 8, Williamson Trade (PA) Saturday at 6 and Bryant-Stratton College (VA) at 12 pm.
Men’s Basketball Team adds Three New Players
The Florida National University Men’s basketball team announce the signing of three new players.
K-Ci Maultsby is a 6’3 shooting guard from Atlanta Georgia. He played high school basketball at Central Gwinnett High School. He then went on to start his college career at Polk State College in Winter Haven, Fl. With two years of eligibility left, K-Ci is now a member of the Conquistador family. K-Ci will be counted on to provide depth at both guard positions. K-Ci’s size allows him the ability to guard multiple positions. He is a deadly three point shooter and has the quickness to get to the basket. K-Ci is expected to be able to come in right away and contribute to the team.
Semaj Butler is a 6’3 guard from Las Vegas Nevada. He was a walk on at Polk State College in WinterHaven, Fl. Semaj has a high basketball IQ and is a lock down defender. He will be asked to play both guard positions as well as some small forward. Look for an immediate impact from him.
Bryan Smith is a 6’1 point guard from Bradenton, Fl. He played high school basketball at Southeastern High School. Bryan last played basketball at NAIA power Campbellsville University in Kentucky. Bryan was also a standout football player at Tyler Junior College in Texas where he lined up against Cam Newton. Bryan is a lock down guard capable of getting his own shot. He will be counted heavily upon to provide leadership and toughness.
Conquistadors Get a Split on the Road
The Florida National University Men’s basketball team split two game this week by beating Ave Maria on a tip in at the buzzer and losing to the #4 ranked NAIA Pikeville Bears in an intense high scoring game.
In the first game, The Conquistadors stormed back from a 10 point halftime deficit to win the game on a put back at the buzzer by John Hogan. After the referees conversed for a few minutes, they decided that the put back was good. John finished with 9 points and 5 rebounds. After a sluggish first half, Regan O’ Rourke got hot from 3 point range, hitting 4-7 attempts. He led the team in scoring with 17 points. Yves Goedschalk came off the bench to spark the Conquistadors shooting 5-8 from the field and scoring 13 points. Ave Maria was led by Jelani Bonner who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Brandon Dean chipped in with 11 points.
In the second game, the very talented high scoring Pikeville Bears dominated the Conquistadors 114-91. Shooting a whopping 74% in the first half, the Bears led 64-42 at halftime. The Bears connected on eleven 3 pointers, led by KK Simmons who hit 5 to lead his team in scoring with 29 points. Three other Bears scored in double figures, Kenny Manigault had 19, Macari Brooks added 17, and Colt Chapman chipped in with 12 points.
The Conquistadors were able to close the gap to 80-66 due to the sharp shooting of Regan O’ Rourke who hit six 3 pointers and finished with 26 points. However, a 9-0 Bears run put the game away. John Hogan added 9 points and 9 rebounds.
The Conquistadors will be back in action starting Thursday as they will host the Dr. Jose Regueiro FNU Conquistador Classic. They will play Clearwater Christian on Thursday at 8pm, Florida College Friday at 8pm and Grace Bible College Saturday at 4pm.
Injuries and Poor Second-half Defense Doom Conquistadors
In a rematch between the two teams, the Southeastern Fire got revenge for an earlier loss by beating the Conquistadors 100-79. Despite a 38-38 halftime score, Southeastern pulled away in the second half by going on a 10-0 run led by senior Timothy Mitchell who had three dunks during that period. Andre Watson led the Fire in scoring with 22 points and Mitchell added 20.
Unlike the last meeting, the Fire was able to find some outside shooting from Caleb Konieczny who scored 15 points including 4-7 from 3 point range. The Conquistadors were hobbled by injuries losing their back-up point guard Steven Lopez for the season with a torn meniscus and slight tear in his ACL. Starting point guard Quantavis Hall and forwards John Hogan and Jarvis Davis were also hobbled by ankle injuries. The Conquistadors were led in scoring by Quantavis Hall’s 18 points. Reagan O’Rourke and Terric Harris added 17 points apiece and Jarvis Davis chipped in with 14 points.
The Conquistadors were scheduled to take on Northwood Saturday night, but the game was rescheduled for February 3. The Conquistadors will be back in action on January 5 at Ave Maria and January 6 against Pikesville at Ave Maria.
To get the latest stats and standings on your FNU Conquistadors, please click on USCAA
Conquistadors Head to Christmas Break with a Winning Record
After a rough start playing a tough schedule, the Florida National University (FNU) Men’s Basketball team closed out the first half of the season winning their final three games to push their record to 7-5. Included in those 5 losses are a 10 point overtime loss to #3 ranked NAIA Northwood, a 3 point loss to #9 ranked NAIA St. Francis Ind. and a highly contested battled with cross town rival and previously ranked St. Thomas University.
The Conquistadors have bounced back nicely with victories over the #7 ranked USCAA the Apprentice School, #19 ranked Southeastern University and Webber International University. The Conquistadors are looking to make a run at an invite to the USCAA National Tournament in just their second year of competition.
The team plays an exciting brand of basketball averaging 82 points a game. The team has four players averaging double digits in points led by junior shooting guard Reagan O’Rourke and sophomore forward John Hogan who is averaging 14 points respectively. Sophomore point guard Quantavis Hall and junior power forward Terric Harris are scoring 12 points a game. The Conquistadors will be back in action on January 2 and 3 playing in the Chuck Daly Memorial Invitation at Northwood University. They will take on Southeastern University on Friday and Northwood Saturday.
To get the latest stats and standings on your FNU Conquistadors, please click on USCAA.
Florida National University signs 6’7’’ Hialeah Native Christopher Miranda
Chris Miranda signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the Conquistadors of Florida National University (FNU) on Monday, August 5th. “I’m looking forward in seeing his growth throughout the season. I have seen him play several times and each time he has improved his body, footwork and skillset,” said Schmidt, the FNU Conquistadors Head Coach. Miranda, who attended. Read more…