As if he didn't accomplish enough during the July evaluation period, 5-7 spark plug Daon Merritt (right) of St. Raymond's H.S. in the Bronx put the finishing touches on a terrific summer at the Five-Star Honesdale II Basketball Camp.
Merritt was the camp's leading scorer, pouring in 16 points per contest in five games for the Sixers squad. At the Orange and White Classic on Wednesday afternoon, Merritt collected 26 points, eight assists and three steals to lead the Orange squad to a 149-133 victory over the White.
Not surprisingly, he was named the camp's Most Outstanding Player (MOP) at the awards ceremony following the game.
After the game, Merritt spoke with Rivalshoops about his recruitment and the recent rumors involving his high school coach, Gary DeCesare.
Merritt said that he should know by the end of this week whether or not his coach at St. Ray's will be taking a position at the University of Richmond.
As for the recruiting, Merritt said he has offers from Richmond and Florida. Others in the mix include N.C. State, Pittsburgh, UConn and DePaul. Merritt said he has an in-home scheduled with DePaul on Sept. 10, and will also host N.C. State (no firm date).
Florida already has two point guard commitments in the Class of 2003 (Lee Humphrey and Ryan Appleby), as well as a 2004 pledge from lead guard Michael O'Donnell. Even so, Merritt said he's been talking with the staff from Florida and is hoping to take an official visit to Billy Donovan's SEC powerhouse.
"My high school coach might be going to Richmond, and they are a program on the rise that won 24 games last year," Merritt said. "Florida is also a great program with a great coach."
Merritt said that even if DeCesare takes the Richmond job, he is still likely to let his recruitment to play out a bit this fall. In other words, he may still look around before committing and signing with a program.
In July, Merritt was the vocal leader of the New York Ravens program that copped the championship of the 344-team adidas Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas.
As a junior last year for the CHSAA power Ravens, he averaged 15 points and eight assists per game.
Merritt said he has a 2.3 GPA and fell short of achieving a qualifying test score on the SAT exam.
We will keep you posted on his recruitment in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!