Dec. 19th Outstanding Student-Athlete: Plymouth's Mack Mercer
You'd be hard-pressed to find a taller person on a high school basketball court than Mack Mercer. That is pretty obvious after watching the opening tip.
What you might not know about the 6'9 Plymouth star, though, is he is also probably the most well-read.
"I like to read basketball books," the senior says. "I know that's kind of weird, I guess. I just really am intrigued in those. Like 'Season on the Brink,' classics like that."
That book detailed the 1986 Hoosiers under Bobby Knight. Mercer, whose Plymouth team sports familiar candy stripe warm-ups, is particularly intrigued by 80's basketball in his home state.
"Getting to read about that just blew my mind how everyone was," says Mercer.
Mercer is finishing his own high school story as one of the best players in Indiana -- a combo forward who can bang in the post or shoot from the outside.
"He gives our offense just a tremendous boost," says Plymouth head coach Ryan Bales. "The one thing we've been pretty happy with him I think in improving from last year is his defense. He really protects the basket well for us."
For his own college career, Mercer is leaving the Hoosier state for Belmont University down in Nashville, Tennessee. The Bruins have made the NCAA Tournament six of the last eight years.
"It was one of the biggest factors because I really want to play in that, in the NCAA Tournament," Mercer says. "Top-five mid-major in the program in the country right now. They're doing really well. I really can't wait to get down there."
Mercer will need to read up on one thing before going to the country music capital of the world.
"I listen to a little bit of country music," says Mercer. "Belmont is literally right on Country Row. I'm going to have to get accustomed to it, for sure."
No worries, there is probably a book on that.