2015-2016 Mercer Bears

2015-2016 Mercer Bears Roster

# Player Class Pos HT WT Birth Date Birth City Nationality High School/Prep School
32 James Bento Jr F 6-6 195 Jun 28, 1994 Laguna Hills (CA) United States Woodland Christian High School
25 Lawrence Brown Jr F 6-6 225 Nov 23, 1993 Kansas City (MO) United States The Barstow School
34 Jibri Bryan Sr G 6-4 185 Aug 24, 1992 Savannah (GA) United States Benedictine Military School
55 Andrew Fishler Jr C 7-1 218 Aug 24, 1993 Cumming (GA) United States Forsyth Central High School
15 Stephon Jelks So F 6-6 225 Jul 4, 1996 Marietta (GA) United States North Cobb Christian School
20 Cory Kilby Fr SF 6-7 195 May 14, 1996 Ada (OK) United States Ada High School
1 Phillip Leonard Sr G 6-2 200 Sep 30, 1993 Tulsa (OK) United States Union High School
5 Jestin Lewis Sr G 6-1 170 Jun 2, 1994 Richmond (VA) United States John Marshall High School
3 Tyre Moore So G 6-4 190 Dec 28, 1995 Charleston (SC) United States Academic Magnet High School
52 Niklas Ney So C 6-10 260 Oct 3, 1995 Berlin Germany N/A
0 Desmond Ringer So FC 6-9 255 - McDonough (GA) United States Eagles Landing Christian Academy
23 Demetre Rivers So G 6-8 180 Dec 7, 1995 Goose Creek (SC) United States Stratford High School
22 Ethan Stair Fr SG 6-4 205 Nov 6, 1996 Hazel Green (AL) United States Hazel Green High School
2 Jaylen Stowe Fr PG 6-4 200 Nov 8, 1996 Harrisburg (NC) United States Hickory Ridge High School
11 Jordan Strawberry So G 6-1 175 Mar 17, 1994 Santa Ana (CA) United States South Kent School

Recent Mercer Bears History

Season Record Conference Rank Conference Tournament Post-Season Tournament
2018-2019 11-20 (6-12) 6th (SoCon) 2nd Rnd N/A
2017-2018 19-15 (11-7) 4th (SoCon) 2nd Rnd CBI 2nd Rnd
2016-2017 15-17 (9-9) 6th (SoCon) 2nd Rnd N/A
2015-2016 19-15 (8-10) 7th (SoCon) 2nd Rnd CIT 1st Rnd
2014-2015 19-16 (12-6) 3rd (SoCon) 3rd Rnd CBI 2nd Rnd
2013-2014 27-9 (14-4) 1st (A-Sun) Champion NCAA 2nd Rnd
2012-2013 24-12 (14-4) 1st (A-Sun) Runner Up NIT 2nd Rnd
2011-2012 27-11 (13-5) 2nd (A-Sun) 2nd Rnd CIT Champion
2010-2011 15-18 (11-9) 5th (A-Sun) 2nd Rnd N/A
2009-2010 16-17 (10-10) 6th (A-Sun) Runner Up N/A
2008-2009 17-15 (11-9) 5th (A-Sun) 1st Rnd N/A
2007-2008 11-19 (6-10) 8th (A-Sun) 1st Rnd N/A
2006-2007 13-17 (7-9) 5th (A-Sun) 1st Rnd N/A
2005-2006 9-19 (7-13) 9th (A-Sun) 1st Rnd N/A
2004-2005 16-12 (11-9) 5th (A-Sun) 1st Rnd N/A
2003-2004 12-18 (9-11) 6th (A-Sun) 1st Rnd N/A
2002-2003 23-6 (14-2) 1st (A-Sun) 2nd Rnd N/A

2015-2016 Mercer Bears Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Stephon Jelks NABC All-District (22) First Team
Stephon Jelks All-SoCon Team (Coaches)
Stephon Jelks All-SoCon Second Team (Media)

2015-2016 Mercer Bears Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters J. Lewis P. Leonard S. Jelks D. Rivers D. Ringer
Rotation J. Strawberry E. Stair      
Rotation   L. Brown      
Rotation   J. Bryan      
Lim PT J. Stowe T. Moore C. Kilby   A. Fishler
Lim PT     J. Bento   N. Ney

2015-2016 Mercer Bears Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Jestin Lewis 23 27.1 14.0 3.6 1.8 1.5 0.0 1.6
Stephon Jelks 34 29.0 11.7 8.4 1.9 0.9 0.3 1.5
Phillip Leonard 34 27.4 10.6 4.5 4.8 0.4 0.0 1.9
Demetre Rivers 34 24.2 9.7 3.2 0.9 0.4 0.3 1.6
Jordan Strawberry 34 25.4 8.1 2.4 3.7 1.0 0.0 1.8
Desmond Ringer 23 25.0 7.8 4.6 0.6 0.2 0.8 1.8
Ethan Stair 34 24.2 6.6 4.2 1.1 0.6 0.2 1.3
Lawrence Brown 33 12.5 3.5 2.5 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.5
Jibri Bryan 6 10.8 3.2 2.7 0.7 0.3 0.0 0.7
Andrew Fishler 31 7.7 2.8 1.9 0.1 0.1 0.7 0.5
Cory Kilby 34 8.1 2.1 1.6 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.4
Jaylen Stowe 23 4.2 1.3 0.7 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.3
James Bento 27 6.1 0.7 1.6 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2
Niklas Ney 13 2.9 0.6 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4
Tyre Moore 17 1.7 0.4 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1

2015-2016 Mercer Bears Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Bob Hoffman Head Coach 2008-2009 Head Coach (Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 2007 to 2008)
Doug Esleeck Associate Head Coach 2014-2015 Assistant Coach (Mercer, 2011 to 2014)
Jarred Merrill Assistant Coach 2015-2016 Assistant Coach (Southern Nazarene, 2013 to 2015)
Jason Eaker Assistant Coach 2015-2016 Graduate Assistant (Mercer, 2014 to 2015)
Jim Cole Athletic Director 2010-2011 N/A
Jon Mangel Director of Strength and Conditioning 2012-2013 N/A
Jonathan Howard Director of Basketball Operations 2011-2012 N/A
Amos Mansfield Director of Sports Medicine 2012-2013 N/A
Brad Crowe Assistant Athletic Trainer 2012-2013 N/A
Andy Stabell Director of Media Relations 2012-2013 N/A
Jordon Bruner Director of Media Relations 2014-2015 N/A