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Mercer men’s basketball sends out eight graduates in style

This past weekend, eight Mercer men’s basketball players took the floor at Hawkins Arena, trading in their jerseys and basketball shoes for caps and gowns as the program bid adieu to its 2014 senior class as a part of the University’s Macon commencement ceremony.
MACON, Ga. (MERCER ATHLETICS RELEASE) – This past weekend, eight Mercer men’s basketball players took the floor at Hawkins Arena, trading in their jerseys and basketball shoes for caps and gowns as the program bid adieu to its 2014 senior class as a part of the University’s Macon commencement ceremony.

Saturday’s commencement saw Mercer men’s basketball graduate more players on the same day than in any previous year and also marked the most 2014 spring graduates for any Division I program.

Seven members of the group (Monty Brown, Daniel Coursey, Kevin Canevari, Jakob Gollon, Langston Hall, Bud Thomas, Anthony White Jr.) approach the next stage of their lives, while Jibri Bryan completed his bachelor’s degree and will return to Macon with two years of eligibility remaining next fall.
The collection of 2014 grads will always hold a special place in the heart of Mercer fans, as their tenure at the school produced a score of program records and a handful of Mercer’s most notable athletic achievements.

Together, the eight players joined their classmates under the very rafters that will forever display six banners as testimony to the group’s success. In four seasons, the group put together a 93-50 record on the court en route to the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament Championship, the 2013 Atlantic Sun Regular Season Championship and trip to the NIT Round of 16, the 2014 Atlantic Sun Regular Season Championship, Tournament Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Round of 32.
While most identify the 2014 seniors as Mercer basketball legends, the group put together an academic record that rivals the on-court success. In four years at Mercer, the group posted a cumulative 3.181 GPA, highlighted by a 3.458 cumulative GPA during the 2013-14 academic year.

The impact of Mercer’s graduates also extends beyond the campus boundaries, as the collection spent its time in Macon making a difference in the community. Participation in a wide array of community service ventures included work with projects like Macon Impact, Rebuilding Macon, the GEAR-Up program and local school reading and mentorship programs.

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