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Plymouth's Mack Mercer hopes to catch the eyes of college coaches


Plymouth senior Mack Mercer is already known as one of the best players in Michiana by local coaches, but he is trying to convince college coaches that he's one of the best high school players in the country.

"You know you got to go out with a bang," said Mercer.

Most high school kids do everything they can to avoid hard work in the summer, but Mercer says he has no choice. He's playing in basketball tournaments across the country this summer and at every stop he'll have a lot of college coaches watching his every move.

"You know it just gets your name out there. Coaches are here to watch and it's a great opportunity," said Mercer.

The best players from across the country play in summer AAU tournaments and Mercer hopes he can show that he belongs with the top recruits.

The 6'9" power forward has already received scholarship offers from schools like Ball State, Boston College, and Indiana State, but he's hoping by the end of the summer he'll have a lot more options.

"I feel like being able to shoot the ball and put the ball on the floor," said Mercer. "I mean I'm tell enough that I can post up and that's always been a facet of my game. I really feel like I've expanded outside the arc and that will definitely help translate to the next level."

Mercer is playing with the Eric Gordon All-Stars AAU Team this summer. His summer coaches have been around the block before and they know how important these tournaments are for players like Mercer.

"You know we were playing our very first night in front of 65 coaches there," said Eric Gordon All-Stars Coach Scott McIntosh. "It's been that way every night we've played. That's good because Mack is going to get looks more than just Indiana."

His AAU Coaches say so far Mercer has shown the skills that college coaches will want on their teams.

"He can provide a lot on the offensive end for any college team," said McIntosh.

Mercer still has a few tournaments left to get his name out there. He's excited the summer is almost over though, because once it is he'll one step closer to becoming a college basketball player.

"Its been a huge dream of mine since I was young and I am just trying to make it come true," said Mercer.

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