Prep coach: Mercurius has signed with USF
Faith Baptist combo guard Dinero Mercurius, the final commitment of former USF coach Stan Heath, has signed his letter of intent with the Bulls, his prep-school coach said.
Faith Baptist coach Kenny Gillion, whose Brandon-based non-FHSAA program plays an independent national schedule, said Mercurius signed Thursday night at his Orlando home. USF had not announced the signing as of early Friday afternoon.
The NCAA's spring signing period began Wednesday.
Mercurius would become the latest in a succession of Eagles point guards to reach the Division I level, joining Kareem Canty (Marshall), Shawn Smith (Texas A&M), Deshaun Morman (Cincinnati) and Rasham Suarez (Southern Miss).
Mercurius' stats from this past season (17 ppg, six assists) were the best of any of them for a single year at FBC, Gillion said.
A senior at Orlando University in 2013, Mercurius (6-foot-4, 180 pounds) enrolled at Faith Baptist and reclassified for the Class of '14. His long-range touch addresses USF's most glaring need; the Bulls finished last in Division I in 3-point percentage last season.