2016-2017 Mercer Bears

2016-2017 Mercer Bears Roster

# Player Class Pos HT WT Birth Date Birth City Nationality High School/Prep School
33 Mac Brydon Fr C 6-10 280 - Charlotte (NC) United States Carmel Christian School
24 Ross Cummings Fr SG 6-3 165 - Charlotte (TN) United States Creek Wood High School
55 Andrew Fishler Sr C 7-1 218 Aug 24, 1993 Cumming (GA) United States Forsyth Central High School
3 Stephen Gavin So G 6-3 190 Feb 19, 1997 Savannah (GA) United States Hilton Head Prep
10 Ria'n Holland Jr G 6-0 152 Nov 12, 1994 Hope Mills (NC) United States South View High School
15 Stephon Jelks Jr F 6-6 225 Jul 4, 1996 Marietta (GA) United States North Cobb Christian School
13 Ryan Johnson So GF 6-5 192 - Greensboro (NC) United States New Hope Christian Academy
1 Cory Kilby So SF 6-7 195 May 14, 1996 Ada (OK) United States Ada High School
25 Rashad Lewis Jr G 5-8 156 - Valdosta (GA) United States Valdosta High School
44 J.J. N'Ganga Sr C 6-10 250 - Aubervilliers France Sunrise Christian Academy
0 Desmond Ringer Jr FC 6-9 255 - McDonough (GA) United States Eagles Landing Christian Academy
23 Demetre Rivers Jr G 6-8 180 Dec 7, 1995 Goose Creek (SC) United States Stratford High School
20 Darius Roy Fr SG 6-2 170 - Lawton (OK) United States Lawton High School
14 Ethan Stair So SG 6-5 205 Nov 6, 1996 Hazel Green (AL) United States Hazel Green High School
2 Jaylen Stowe So PG 6-4 200 Nov 8, 1996 Harrisburg (NC) United States Hickory Ridge High School
5 Jordan Strawberry Jr 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
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

2016-2017 Mercer Bears Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Ria'n Holland NABC All-District (22) Second Team
Ria'n Holland All-SoCon Second Team (Media)
Ria'n Holland SoCon Player of the Week (Feb 21, 2017)
Ria'n Holland SoCon All-Conference Second Team (Coaches)

2016-2017 Mercer Bears Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters R. Holland J. Strawberry S. Jelks D. Rivers D. Ringer
Rotation R. Lewis R. Johnson C. Kilby    
Lim PT J. Stowe R. Cummings     A. Fishler
Lim PT S. Gavin D. Roy     J. N'Ganga

2016-2017 Mercer Bears Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Ria'n Holland 31 31.5 17.2 3.3 1.9 1.0 0.2 1.4
Jordan Strawberry 31 29.3 12.2 3.3 4.3 0.6 0.0 1.9
Demetre Rivers 32 30.0 11.2 3.0 1.3 0.4 0.2 2.1
Desmond Ringer 32 24.5 7.6 5.8 0.4 0.2 0.3 1.5
Stephon Jelks 32 26.6 7.3 6.7 1.8 0.4 0.5 1.2
Ryan Johnson 32 10.4 3.8 2.5 0.5 0.2 0.0 0.6
Cory Kilby 27 12.9 3.4 2.5 0.5 0.2 0.1 0.9
Andrew Fishler 30 8.9 2.9 1.9 0.2 0.0 0.8 0.3
Rashad Lewis 32 12.5 2.8 1.3 2.2 0.7 0.0 0.7
Jaylen Stowe 26 7.1 1.6 1.3 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.3
Ross Cummings 14 7.4 1.6 0.6 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.4
Darius Roy 18 6.2 1.4 1.2 0.4 0.3 0.0 0.3
J.J. N'Ganga 30 8.2 1.4 1.7 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.6
Stephen Gavin 2 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

2016-2017 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
Jonathan Howard Director of Basketball Operations 2011-2012 N/A
Amos Mansfield Director of Sports Medicine 2012-2013 N/A