Reunited In Richmond

Richmond isn't messing around. Just in the last few weeks, the Spiders have made significant strides in securing their backcourt of the future.

Merritt Joins Sandoval

First to hop on the Richmond commitment train was combo guard Andres Sandoval. The Winchendon product was a prime target of the staff and he's committed. Now, he's got a running mate.

On Wednesday, Daon Merritt picked the Spiders. Merritt is a starting guard at St. Raymond's in the Bronx. Funny how these things sometimes work out but wouldn't you know that former St. Ray's head coach Gary DeCesare accepted the Spiders assistant job over five weeks ago? Looks like DeCesare is already feeling comfortable with his surroundings.

In the fall, Merritt will have some adjusting to do as well as he changes geographic locations to a southern city. "Richmond's a great city, it's an excellent city," Merritt said. "The people are good and everyone is like a family down there. It's a little slower than New York but I can make due."

Merritt was part of the New York Ravens team that captured this year's Big Time title in Las Vegas. He's a winner, always has been. Now, he'll reunite with his coach and that to have something to do with his pick, right?

"I think he wasn't that important but just knowing someone down there was a big help. In the process, Coach Jerry Wainright was a great guy and I like what he's trying to do with the program. [DeCesare] probably cracked one or two jokes [on the visit] but he let me get to know the assistants and he was great. I think it's an excellent choice."

So what's next for the Spiders? You've got to think they'll continue to strike while the iron is hot. "I think it's going to be Darryl Watkins. I think that might happen. It could be between him and Dante Milligan. I know he's supposed to take a visit soon."

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