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Ron Mercer
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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

1995-96 Kentucky

36

45.7

33.8

78.5

0.9

0.2

2.9

1.4

8.0

1996-97 Kentucky

40

49.3

34.8

78.1

1.7

0.3

5.3

2.4

18.1

DIV I Totals

76

48.3

34.4

78.2

1.3

0.2

4.1

1.9

13.3

 

Comments  

 
0 #1 Goo 2012-02-21 23:38
Mercer always seemed to be an immense raw talent. A '95 McDAA, he played 19 MPG as a freshman on a stacked UK team that had 9 NBAers. He also led the 97 Wildcats (eventual NCAA runners-up) in scoring, earning 1st-tm All-America status. Drafted 6th overall in 97, his resume out of college was impeccable. So why was he largely a bust? Compare him to college teammate Derek Anderson, picked 13th that year -- although Mercer was 2 inches taller, he settled for far more jumpers, almost all of them of the inefficient midrange variety. Anderson took roughly 1/3 of his shots from a few feet further out, where they're worth 3 points instead of 2, averaging about 7% more points/FGA (meaning Mercer left almost 1 PPG on the table due to bad shot selection). Anderson also drew far more fouls than Mercer -- which was also true in college -- was better at creating for himself & others, & was a better rebounder/defender. In the end, Mercer had nothing to fall back on when the scoring got shut down.
 

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