Ex-Bull Mercer playing pro ball in Canada
Former USF basketball player Mike Mercer has started his pro career in Canada, where he's made a strong start this month with the Halifax Rainmen of the Premier Basketball League, which has eight teams in eastern Canada and the northeastern United States.
In four games, Mercer is averaging 17.0 points for the Rainmen, good enough to rank eighth in the league. The team lists him as being 6-foot-3, amusing only because he was 6-5 at USF -- best I can tell, he's the only Bulls alum in the PBL. Mercer averaged 9.2 points for the Bulls last season, his only full season with the team after transferring in from Georgia.
Mercer's also on Twitter at @mercejr so fans can get updates from him on there.
More updates! Can't find the team's official site, but the folks at Eurobasket.com show that former Bulls point guard Chris Howard played last month in the Ukraine with a team called Khimik-OPZ Yuzny. Howard came off the bench for them, averaged 1.4 points and 2.2 assists per game.
And of course, the third senior starter from last year's team, Dominique Jones, is back with the Dallas Mavericks after a stint with their affiliate in the NBDL. He had a season-high 13 points on Friday, but has totaled just four in two games since. For the season, he's averaging 2.4 points per game.