RC Men's Basketball BIO
44 Jeff Merton

2015-16: Had a stellar sophomore season for the Tars, scoring 465 total points and averaging a team-high 15.5 per game…Hit 160-325 field goal attempts (.492) and 76-174 from beyond the arc (69-87)… Hit an impressive 69-87 free throw attempts (.793)…Led the team in rebounds with 137, adding 64 assists, 23 blocks, and 38 steals...Scored in double figures in 24 games, surpassing the 20-point mark on eight separate occasions…Set a new career high of 28 points in the win over Florida Tech (Jan. 13), hitting 10-17 from the field and 3-6 from the three point line, while going 5-5 in his free throw attempts…Was fourth in three-point field goal percentage in the Sunshine State Conference and sixth in two-point field goal percentage…Named to the All-SSC First Team…Achieved Second Team All-District Honors

2014-15: Emerged as a top scoring threat as the only true freshman for the Tars…Scored double figures in 17 games, eclipsing 20 three times…Saw action in all 28 games and started for 27, averaging a team-high 31.3 minutes per game… Second on the team in scoring with 11.1 points a game while leading the team in rebounds and 14th in the SSC with 5.0 a night… Coming in at 15th in the SSC shooting 48.9 percent from the field…Totaled of 48 assists, 27 steals, and six blocks. Scored his first points as a Tar in his debut game against Clark Atlanta (Nov. 14) netting eight, going 2-6 from the field and getting six rebounds... Scored in double figures in 17 of the 28 games…Notched a double- double against Florida Southern (Jan. 28) with 11 points and 11 rebounds while adding a career high six assists and one block to the night…Scored a career high 23 points against Lynn (Jan. 31) shooting 56.3 percent (9-16) from the field and 4-6 from beyond the arc to go along with six rebounds…Followed with 21 points against Palm Beach Atlantic (Feb. 4)… Averaged 15.5 points and 5.9 rebounds over final 10 games of the season…finished the year with 21 points against eventual national champion Florida Southern (Feb. 28).

High School: Started career at Seacrest Country Day School as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to The Community School of Naples his last two seasons…Posted 56-5 record in two seasons at the Community School…Advanced to the FHSAA State Final Four in 2013 and Regional Finals in 2014…Led Seascrest to regional tournament runs as an underclassman…Set career high with 41-points at the Wally Keller Classic…Also played three years for Nike Team Florida.

Personal: Son of Mercegrace and Bichrer…brother to Michael Jean Baptiste…undecided on major. 

Position: Forward
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 215
Year: Junior
Hometown: Naples, Fla.
High School: Community School of Naples
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