Daytona State College guard Dinero Mercurius, formerly of South Florida, has committed and signed with FGCU, he announced on Thursday. He has two years of eligibility remaining and can play immediately.
“The biggest thing that separated FGCU from other schools was the ability to win, get to the tournament, and win while in the tournament," said Mercurius, who chose FGCU over Murray State and Fordham.
Coming out of Faith Baptist Christian School in 2014, Mercurius committed to South Florida and played his freshman season with the Bulls. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, scoring a season-high 13 points against Georgia Southern.
After transferring from USF following the 2014-15 season, Mercurius spent a brief time at Texas Rio Grande Valley before ending up at Daytona State College. This past season he averaged 17.8 points per game on 38.2% shooting from beyond the arc.
"Dinero is an experienced, perimeter guard who is extremely versatile and will be a great addition to our program," said head coach Joe Dooley in a school release. "He helps our outside shooting, and he's a very mature player as well. Dinero is a high-character guy, and we're excited to have him in the program."
Mercurius will provide Florida Gulf Coast with an extremely potent three-point shooting threat - something that the Eagles program has been sorely missing. He also uses his size to his advantage on the defensive end of the floor. Earlier this month he took a visit to Dunk City, meeting his future teammates.
"That’s one thing about playing basketball, it’s always gonna be bigger than the game," Mercurius told Scout. "I felt like I connected well with the team and also the coaching staff."
He joins fellow JUCO signee Brady Ernst, a 6-foot-10 forward out of Indian Hills CC & Iowa State, and Kell High School big man Brian Thomas in the Eagles current recruiting class. All three will be available to play immediately in the 2017-18 season. FGCU now has one scholarship remaining and it looks like the might use it on a point guard.
Stat-stuffing Gardner Webb floor general Laquincy Rideau visited FGCU earlier this month and also reportedly plans to visit Middle Tennessee, South Florida, UMass. Meanwhile, Memphis transfer Keon Clergeot will visit FGCU (May 4-6) and UMass (May 11-13) before deciding between those two schools.