Florida Tech Basketball Lands Another Transfer, Eastern Florida State Center Stephen Merritt

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the 6-9, 245-pound center graduated from rockledge high school in 2019

Florida Tech head coach Billy Mims announced another addition to the men’s basketball team in local product Stephen Merritt. (Florida Tech image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech head coach Billy Mims announced another addition to the men’s basketball team in local product Stephen Merritt.

Merritt, a 6-9, 245-pound center and 2019 graduate of Rockledge High School, comes to the Panthers after redshirting this past season as a freshman at Eastern Florida State College.

“Stephen is an excellent addition to our Panther program for many reasons,” said Mims.

“He brings physical size and depth to our frontcourt. I saw Stephen compete as a high school player at Rockledge in our summer team camp and liked him, but he has grown and developed even more since then. This past year at Eastern Florida State, he practiced every day against a high caliber of junior college talent.”

The Merritt family are no strangers to the university. Both Merritt’s father and grandfather graduated with degrees in engineering from Florida Tech.

His father earned his degree in 1988 while his grandfather was a member of the university’s first four-year graduating class back in 1962.

“I chose Florida Tech not just for the basketball program but also because it is one of the top engineering schools in Florida and is located close to home,” said Merritt.

“My father and grandfather both graduated from Florida Tech as electrical engineers, and I plan to do the same. On the court, I’ll bring a hard-working mentality to practice every day and look forward to a good season.”

“Stephen is an excellent addition to our Panther program for many reasons,” said Panther basketball coach Billy Mims. “He brings physical size and depth to our frontcourt. I saw Stephen compete as a high school player at Rockledge in our summer team camp and liked him, but he has grown and developed even more since then. This past year at Eastern Florida State, he practiced every day against a high caliber of junior college talent.”

Merritt had a strong senior season at Rockledge averaging 11.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He shot 46% from beyond the arc for the Raiders as well, impressive range for a big-man.

He was recognized as the 2019 Rockledge Basketball Most Improved Player for his immense production on the court. Merritt was named to the All-Academic Team during his junior and senior seasons at Rockledge.

“With four years still left to play, Stephen has a very bright future, and I’m looking forward to helping him recognize his full potential,” Mims stated.

“As a 4.0 transfer student, Stephen is a perfect fit for our university academically who will be able to follow in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather.”

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