DeMercy commits to FSU

It was the question Jordan DeMercy had been waiting to hear all day.

On Saturday night in Tallahassee, the Norcross senior guard was sitting in the Florida State basketball offices with head coach Leonard Hamilton.

For weeks DeMercy was under the impression that the Seminoles were going to offer him a scholarship, but it had never officially been extended by Hamilton or his staff.

Until Saturday night.

"We're going to offer you a scholarship," Hamilton told DeMercy. "What do you want to do?"

DeMercy waited all of about a half a second to answer.

"I want to be a Seminole," he said.

And with that, the 6-foot-6 guard became the third Norcross senior to commit to a Division I school, following in the footsteps of forward Gani Lawal (Georgia Tech) and guard Tony Neysmith (Oklahoma).

DeMercy, who had offers from a number of schools, chose Florida State over Ole Miss and George Mason.

"I felt like when I got down there, it was all one big family," he said. "Nobody had any problems with any of the other players. The coaching staff was great. The facilities are top of the line and it's in the ACC.

"I get to play against Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Wake Forest, anybody."

Said Norcross head coach Eddie Martin: "It's a dream of almost any player to play in Cameron Indoor Stadium or the Dean Dome. He won't be a Blue Devil or a Tar Heel, but he'll still get to play in those places."

Playing against North Carolina will be an interesting experience for DeMercy, who grew up a huge Tar Heel fan. So much so that he will have to redecorate his bedroom.

"I've got to change my room around now," DeMercy said with a laugh.

"It's all North Carolina stuff and I've got change it to Florida State."

It's been a roller-coaster year for DeMercy, who was forced to sit out all of last season because of the GHSA's transfer rules regarding students who move from a private school to a public school - DeMercy played his freshman and sophomore years at Greater Atlanta Christian.

Last year at this time DeMercy was preparing to play for the Norcross junior varsity team. Now, after a breakthrough performance during the summer, he's ready to play his senior year - with what will certainly be the No. 1 ranked team in the state - and he's already got his college decision taken care of with a commitment to an ACC school.

Safe to say it's been a pretty interesting 12 months for DeMercy.

"It's been the craziest (year) of my life," he said. "Coming in last year (and not playing), that was hard. It was hard having to watch my team in the state championship. Then I broke my wrist at the beginning of the summer.

"But I've finally gotten to play. I haven't been hurt since and I feel the best I ever have."