Mercer University Bears
Head Coach: Bob Hoffman (Year 5)
11-12 Finish: 2nd in the Atlantic Sun. (13-5 conference, 27-11)
|So.||G||Jibri Bryan (6 games)||5.2||42.3||66.7||50.0||3.2||0.5||0.7||0.5||0.2|
|Fr.||G||Lawrence Brown||6-5||210||Kansas City MO||The Barstow School|
|Fr.||G||Dylan Poston||6-4||185||Myrtle Beach SC||Faith Baptist School|
|Jr.||G||Anthony White Jr.||6-2||170||Mattoon IL||Lake Land C|
New Additions (Redshirting)
|R-Fr.||G||Ike Nwamu||6-5||205||Greensboro NC||Cleveland St.|
Roster Breakdown: Mercer is in terrific shape for this season and next, with only one senior of significance on the roster. They have bigs, mediums and smalls who have proven they can contribute on the college level with great success.
Biggest Losses: Justin Cecil is clearly the biggest loss, but his 25 minutes per game can easily be replaced by giving Daniel Coursey and Monty Brown more playing time.
Biggest Addition: Anthony White Jr. is a transfer from Lake Land junior college, where he averaged 15 points per game and shot 40% from three point range as a sophomore. He should be able to fend off Jibri Bryan and become the first guard off of the bench.
Impact Freshman: Neither freshman will have a great impact but since that’s not an option, we will go with Dylan Poston for this distinction. Poston can shoot it with range and shows skills that should translate right away to the Mercer style of basketball.
Breakout Star: The twin towers known as Daniel Coursey (6’10”) and Monty Brown (6’11”) are our breakout stars.
As we mentioned earlier, with Cecil graduating there are 25 minutes that need to be accounted for and because Coursey and Brown only averaged a combined 32 minutes per game last season, they have a real chance to make some noise during their junior years.
After a quiet freshman year, Coursey broke out big time as a sophomore averaging over eight points four rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes per game. Add another year of experience and 10 more minutes per game and the results should be pleasing to the Mercer faithful.
Brown also came to life after a disappointing first year and averaged nearly five points and three rebounds in only 12 minutes. There is a lot of potential in this guy, and we expect him to prove it this season.
Analysis: Mercer finished in second place last year to Belmont who is no longer in the Atlantic Sun, so as of now they should be considered the top dog. They went onto win the College Insider Tournament by beating Utah State in the finals last year, so this is a team to be reckoned with.
Look for most of their improvement to come from player development and team chemistry rather than from the new additions. While they are not the most athletic bunch by any stretch of the imagination, they are extremely well-coached and Coach Hoffman clearly has an eye for talent and developing his players.
Mercer is set for the next two seasons, but after that, this team will have some serious restocking to do.Follow @KSUOwlHowl