The Gwinnett, and specifically Norcross, contingent playing Atlantic Coast Conference basketball shrunk by one Sunday with the announcement that Jordan DeMercy is leaving the Florida State program.
"Jordan DeMercy has decided to leave our team for personal reasons," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said in a statement released by the university Sunday night. "We wish him well."
The 2007 Norcross graduate played in all 21 of the Seminoles' games so far this season, averaging 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game, including six points in what turned out to be his last game in a Florida State uniform -- a 61-57 win over Boston College on Saturday.
DeMercy averaged 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in an average of 14.8 minutes per game throughout his 21/2-year stay at Florida State.
And the 6-foot-7, 204-pound junior did acknowledge the latter number, which had declined by 51/2 minutes per game from the 19.7 he averaged as a sophomore last season, was a factor in his decision.
"It's nothing against the coaching staff or the players or anybody else at Florida State," DeMercy said when reached by phone Monday afternoon. "I felt like my opportunity wasn't where I hoped it would be."
DeMercy, who is returning to Norcross for now, still has one more year of eligibility left after this season and will seek to transfer to another program.
He is also just 40 hours short of earning his degree in economics, and hopes to enroll at a new school in time for the summer semester.
"I'm looking to be enrolled by summer semester, but I have no idea where yet," DeMercy said. "I've got my research to do (on a new school and basketball program), but I don't know a timetable (to start the process) yet."