Daon Merritt, a 5-7 sparkplug from St. Raymond's H.S. in the Bronx, N.Y., committed to Richmond today. This is an outstanding pickup for the Richmond basketball program. Apparently, having Gary DeCesare aboard already is helping the Spiders grab a top 100 player.
Merritt had taken an official visit to Richmond the weekend of Oct. 12. Merritt previously had told us before his visit that Richmond led Providence and Pittsburgh in his recruiting process.
"Richmond is in the driver's seat, they are number one," Merritt said. "But I am not going to limit myself, so I am going to leave my recruiting open."
The visit clinched it for Richmond and having DeCesare as an assistant certainly helped. Earlier this month, Richmond hired Merritt's high school coach at St. Raymond's, Gary DeCesare. That had given the Spiders a leg up in Merritt's recruitment. It resulted in a big pickup for the Spiders.