Prolific Faith Baptist outside shooter gets USF offer
USF's dire need of outside shooting has prompted the Bulls to offer Faith Baptist 6-foot-4 senior combo guard Dinero Mercurius.
Faith Baptist coach Kenny Gillion, whose program also produced current Bulls John Egbunu and Jordan Omogbehin, said Coach Stan Heath made the offer Thursday night after Mercurius' 28-point effort in a loss to Oldsmar Christian.
Auburn, Marshall and George Mason also have shown interest, Gillion said.
"He can shoot it really well," said Gillion, also coach of the South Florida-based Team Breakdown AAU squad. "I've coached probably over 100 Division I players, and he's probably the best I've ever had in terms of shooting the basketball."
Mercurius, who hails from Orlando, is averaging 17 points and six assists for Faith Baptist, a non-FHSAA school that plays statewide and national competition.
Once regarded as a catch-and-shoot two-guard, Gillion said Mercurius runs the point for the Eagles and has evolved into a spot-up threat as well.
Heath, whose team is last among all 351 Division I programs in 3-point percentage (25.1), said earlier this week he has one scholarship to give during the upcoming spring signing period, and hopes to sign at least one (and possibly two) players.