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February 25, 1997 | Associated Press
Kentucky forward Ron Mercer, the leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference, is giving up his last two seasons of eligibility to enter the NBA draft. Kentucky Coach Rick Pitino, who predicts Mercer will be one of the top four picks in the draft, said it was important for the decision to be announced now. "If you say you're going, then he can concentrate on the NCAA tournament and help us win another championship," Pitino said. Mercer would not comment on his plans before practice Monday.
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August 4, 1999 | From Associated Press
Boston Celtic Coach Rick Pitino saw a tremendous upside in swingman Ron Mercer, just as Denver Nugget General Manager Dan Issel did in forward Danny Fortson. But both players posed signability problems for their respective teams, and so they were traded Tuesday in a six-player deal. Mercer, 23, went to Denver along with Popeye Jones, 29, and Dwayne Schintzius for Fortson, 23, Eric Williams, 27, and Eric Washington, 25.
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August 4, 1999 | From Associated Press
Boston Celtic Coach Rick Pitino saw a tremendous upside in swingman Ron Mercer, just as Denver Nugget General Manager Dan Issel did in forward Danny Fortson. But both players posed signability problems for their respective teams, and so they were traded Tuesday in a six-player deal. Mercer, 23, went to Denver along with Popeye Jones, 29, and Dwayne Schintzius for Fortson, 23, Eric Williams, 27, and Eric Washington, 25.
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April 1, 1997 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This was not the way it was supposed to end. Not for one of Kentucky's most adored blue-and-white clad heroes, not for someone so determined. But all stories don't have happy endings, which Ron Mercer certainly knows. The lights went out on Mercer's Kentucky career Monday night, just short of his final goal. With the NBA-bound sophomore struggling, Arizona defeated defending national champion Kentucky in overtime, 84-79, in the NCAA final at the RCA Dome.
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April 1, 1997 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This was not the way it was supposed to end. Not for one of Kentucky's most adored blue-and-white clad heroes, not for someone so determined. But all stories don't have happy endings, which Ron Mercer certainly knows. The lights went out on Mercer's Kentucky career Monday night, just short of his final goal. With the NBA-bound sophomore struggling, Arizona defeated defending national champion Kentucky in overtime, 84-79, in the NCAA final at the RCA Dome.
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April 2, 1996 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He could have immediately been "The Man" almost anywhere else, seemingly among the top priorities of every prep basketball phenom to ever take a recruiting trip. His talent is obvious and often overwhelming. And patience, of course, is not typically a virtue of youth. So most of what Ron Mercer did really doesn't make sense. Until now. The Kentucky freshman waited and watched, albeit not always willingly. But he didn't cause a fuss, and he didn't disappoint.
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March 29, 1997 | JASON REID
About Minnesota: The Gophers rely on Bobby Jackson and Sam Jacobson for scoring, leadership and consistency, and they've done what's expected of them all season. Jackson has been especially steady during the Gophers' tournament run. He isn't the flashiest guard around, but Coach Clem Haskins says he wouldn't trade him for anyone. The Gophers average 78.6 points, but they aren't very dynamic offensively.
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March 26, 1997 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Waiting was the toughest part for Ron Mercer, who handled his understudy role about as well as any budding star could. Watching everyone else get in on the fun wasn't a kick, and when youth and confidence collide, the outcome often isn't pretty. But Mercer avoided any major pitfalls. Mercer's name is now at the top of the marquee. It didn't take him too long to assume Kentucky's leading role, and he has already decided to jump to a much bigger stage.
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April 1, 1997 | MIKE DOWNEY
Final Four all-tournament team: Bibby and Miles Simon, Arizona; Ron Mercer and Scott Padgett, Kentucky; Bobby Jackson, Minnesota. MVP: Simon. * Arizona's Bennett Davison came into the Indiana Convention Center pressroom alone, more than an hour after the game, to pull Final Four emblems and banners off the walls. "Collecting memorabilia," he said. * Kentucky's 30 three-point shots topped the previous record for an NCAA title game.
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March 22, 1997 | JASON REID
Bumps and bruises are part of the game this time of year, and Utah and Kentucky have their share. But with the NCAA West Regional title on the line today at San Jose, it's time to play with pain. Ron Mercer, Kentucky's All-American forward, has a sore back. Andre Miller, Utah's starting point guard, has a swollen right hand. But just try to stop them from playing with a spot in the Final Four at stake. "I've tried not to think about it since I've been in the tournament," Mercer said of his back.
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March 29, 1997 | JASON REID
About Minnesota: The Gophers rely on Bobby Jackson and Sam Jacobson for scoring, leadership and consistency, and they've done what's expected of them all season. Jackson has been especially steady during the Gophers' tournament run. He isn't the flashiest guard around, but Coach Clem Haskins says he wouldn't trade him for anyone. The Gophers average 78.6 points, but they aren't very dynamic offensively.
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March 26, 1997 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Waiting was the toughest part for Ron Mercer, who handled his understudy role about as well as any budding star could. Watching everyone else get in on the fun wasn't a kick, and when youth and confidence collide, the outcome often isn't pretty. But Mercer avoided any major pitfalls. Mercer's name is now at the top of the marquee. It didn't take him too long to assume Kentucky's leading role, and he has already decided to jump to a much bigger stage.
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February 25, 1997 | Associated Press
Kentucky forward Ron Mercer, the leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference, is giving up his last two seasons of eligibility to enter the NBA draft. Kentucky Coach Rick Pitino, who predicts Mercer will be one of the top four picks in the draft, said it was important for the decision to be announced now. "If you say you're going, then he can concentrate on the NCAA tournament and help us win another championship," Pitino said. Mercer would not comment on his plans before practice Monday.
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April 2, 1996 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He could have immediately been "The Man" almost anywhere else, seemingly among the top priorities of every prep basketball phenom to ever take a recruiting trip. His talent is obvious and often overwhelming. And patience, of course, is not typically a virtue of youth. So most of what Ron Mercer did really doesn't make sense. Until now. The Kentucky freshman waited and watched, albeit not always willingly. But he didn't cause a fuss, and he didn't disappoint.
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March 14, 2000 | LONNIE WHITE
The Clippers were in a good mood Monday after ending a five-game losing streak Sunday with a victory over Golden State. Thanks to an uncharacteristic 25 assists, they also ended a 19-game road losing streak. "Guys were helping out one another and the ball wasn't dying in just one person's hand," said guard Eric Piatkowski, whose team will shoot for two in a row tonight against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. "Everyone wasn't just standing in one place.
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March 20, 1997 | JASON REID
* No. 6 Stanford (22-7) vs. No. 2 Utah (28-3)--The Bay Area edge might not be enough for the Cardinal, whose campus is about 15 miles north of San Jose, site of the West Regional semifinals. Stanford advanced to its first Sweet 16 because of the sparkling play of point guard Brevin Knight and its reserve of big bodies. All-American forward Keith Van Horn presents matchup problems for the Cardinal, and center Michael Doleac can't be ignored.
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