Jordan DeMercy signs a professional basketball contract to play for Akita Happinets in Northern Japan. Photo by Richard Davis
Men's Basketball - Mon, Jul. 23, 2012
Jordan DeMercy became the 44th Georgetown College men's
basketball player to sign a professional contract this past week. The Georgia
native inked a deal with Akita Happinets from Akita, Japan.
On June 20, DeMercy went to an invite-only camp through
Top Notch Sports/VVG Agency. Scouts from 10 teams in Japan, China and the
D-League came to observe the workouts.
"We played 5-on-5 the first day and after the second game
I had received six offers," DeMercy said. "I chose to sign with Akita, which is
the third best team in the top league in Japan.
"I will be playing the wing position for head coach Kazuo
Nakamura. I am very excited for this opportunity to open a new chapter in my
career and become a professional basketball player. I am blessed to play the
game I love and for the family I have supporting me."
He signed a nine-month deal with Akita through his agents
at VVG sports. The guard-forward combo averaged 11.3 points per game and 8.5
rebounds per game in his 23 games in Orange & Black.
"We are very excited for Jordan," said GC coach Chris
Briggs. "He has worked hard to achieve a goal that he has dreamed about since
he was a young boy growing up. He is a great kid, comes from a wonderful
family, and we are so happy for him to be able to continue his career in Japan.
"Jordan has a fantastic work ethic and when you add his
amazing athleticism to that, he will be a very good player in the Basketball
Japan League. He will always be a Georgetown Tiger, and we look forward to
following his professional career."
DeMercy is also the fourth Tiger to play in the BJ League
- Marco Morgan, Quintin Bailey and Demetrius Guions - also had stints in Japan.
The latter played for Sendai in 2009-10 and started in the All-Star game.