“It was best for me to attend another school whose given me an opportunity to do what I love,” Mercedes said in a tweet.
The 5-foot-10 shifty guard played at Miami Palmetto as a junior but ultimately finished his high school career at Boyd Anderson.
During his senior campaign, Mercedes averaged 14.3 points, 4.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game for the 17-12 Cobras.
When asked how Boyd Anderson helped prepare him for the next level, he replied, “They taught me how to see the game more. It made me tougher and a better point guard.”
Mercedes told 305Sports that he’s ready to bring an immediate impact to St. Petersburg, on both sides of the ball.
“I bring skills and a lot of energy. I feel like I’m going to help on the defensive end and work hard for my team to see I’m willing to do all the dirty work to win games for us.”
His decision to attend St. Pete, a JUCO program, will serve as the stepping stone for the rest of his basketball career. Mercedes trusts head coach Earnest Crumbley to pave him in the right away.
“It felt like the right fit. Coach [Earnest] Crumbley knows a lot about this game so I felt like it could help me get to the next level after JUCO.
Coach “C” is the longest tenure coach in the State of Florida and reached 400 wins on February 2, 2019. Throughout his 21 years as head coach of the St Petersburg College Men’s Basketball Program, Crumbley was named Florida Coach of the Year in 2001-02 and 2016-17.
The SPC Titans come off of a 14-17 season, in which their season ended in the semi-finals of the Suncoast Conference Tournament.