LaVon Mercer

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LaVon Mercer (born January 13, 1959), is an American-Israeli retired basketball player. Born in Metter, Georgia, he played in the center position (height 2.08m or 6'10").

In college, Mercer played for the University of Georgia Bulldogs and was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the 3rd round (60th overall) of the 1980 NBA Draft.[1]

In the 1980s and 1990s, Mercer played professional basketball in Israel for Hapoel Tel Aviv (1981–1988) and Maccabi Tel Aviv (1988–1995). LaVon Mercer led his teams to 6 Israeli Champions (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995) and 5 Israeli State Cups (1984, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994). While playing for Maccabi, the club reached the Euroleague finals in 1989 and the Euroleague semifinals in 1991.

Mercer also played for the Israeli national team in the 1986 FIBA World Championship and 1987 Eurobasket Championship.

He is currently the women's basketball coach at Spelman College (2009).


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