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The most experienced player on the roster, having played in 91 games through three seasons... has 36 career starts... has scored 977 points in three seasons, an average of 10.6 per game... needs to score only 23 points to become the 25th player in school history to score 1,000 career points... on pace to rank among the top-10 in career scoring... a crowd favorite because of his ability to hit the "three" and his enthusiasm on the court... excellent spot up shooter who has excellent range from beyond the three-point line... ranks among TCU's all-time leaders in three-pointers made, attempted and three-point field goal percentage... has hit 176 three-pointers in 454 attempts... currently fifth in career three-pointers made and fifth in career three-pointers attempted... needs to hit two three-pointers to move past Malcolm Johnson into fourth, and 68 to set a school-record for made three-pointers... has made tremendous improvement on the boards as his rebounding average has improved each season.
Australia Recap Led the Frogs in Australia with a 22.5 scoring average... scored at least 22 points in five of the six games... opened the trip with a team-high 26 points against the North Coast All Stars, then scored 24 vs. both the Brisbane Bullets and the Kuiyam Pride... after scoring seven points against Cairns Taipans, came back to score 22 vs. the Sydney Kings and 32 against the Wollongong Hawks... hit a three-pointer with two seconds remaining to lead the Frogs to the 120-117 win over the Hawks... overall, Merriex knocked down 16 three-pointers in the six games... also led the team in rebounding with a total of 55 boards, an average of 9.1 per game.
2001-2002 Averaged 12.7 points in 31 games as a junior... his scoring average - both overall and in C-USA - was third on the team... finished second on the team in three-pointers made (69), blocks (36), third in rebounding (6.8), fourth in assists (54) and steals (25)... established single-season career-highs in points (393), rebounds (211), field-goals (141), three-pointers (69), assists (51), blocks (36) and steals (25)... hit 45.9% from the field, and 42.3% in C-USA play... made at least one three-pointer in every game last season, and at least two three-pointers in 21 games... hit a season-high five at South Florida... reached double figures in points in 21 games overall and 11-of-16 C-USA games... played well down the stretch, scoring 114 points in the final eight games of the season, an average of 14.25 per game... in the eight games, Merriex hit 50% (43-of-86) from the field, and 42% (20-of-48) from behind the three-point line... led the team in scoring four times, including three times in league play... scored a game-high 18 points against East Carolina, hitting a crucial three-pointer with 1:44 remaining in the contest, which gave TCU a three-point lead... scored a season-high 23 points in TCU's 78-68 win at UAB... hit 9-of-15 shots, including three "treys", leading the Frogs to the their first league road win of the season... in TCU's 87-69 win over Houston, he scored 19 points, while pulling down a career-high tying 13 rebounds (previously set at Louisville)... the double-double against the Cougars was his second against Houston, and his fifth of the season overall... also posted double-doubles against Appalachian State (16 points/10 rebounds), SMU (12 points/10 rebounds) and Arkansas-Monticello (18 points/10 rebounds)... four of top six scoring outings came on the road, including the UAB contest, a 22-point night at South Florida and 21 at Texas Tech... reached double figures in rebounds in seven games... had a career-high seven assists at Memphis... Merriex, who broke his right foot in late September, underwent surgery on October 1 and was scheduled to be out 6-8 weeks... after not playing in either of the two exhibition games, Merriex played 14 minutes against Northwestern State, scoring six points, while grabbing one rebound... one of two TCU players to start every conference game.
2000-2001 Led the Frogs down the stretch, scoring an average of 21.7 points in the final seven games of the season... averaged 8.3 rebounds in the same stretch... started the last eight contests of the season... shot .509 from the field in those seven games... led the team in scoring in four of the final seven games of the year... overall, he averaged 11.5 points in 31 games played... shot 45.8 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from behind the three-point arc... reached double figures in points in 16 of the 31 games, including each of the last seven contests... logged three double-doubles on the season... scored 17 points and added 10 rebounds against UTA on December 19... had 29 points and 10 rebounds (also had four steals) at San Jose State on February 24, and 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds at SMU on March 3... named the WAC Player of the Week on February 19 for his efforts in wins over Fresno State and Nevada... averaged 26 points and 8.5 rebounds on the week... he scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a win over nationally ranked Fresno State, then broke that mark with a career-high 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting in win over Nevada... hit five three-pointers in the win over Nevada... scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds in TCU's 79-99 loss to Hawaii in the WAC Postseason Tournament... scored six points and had 10 rebounds and three assists in a win over Texas Tech... hit at least three "3-pointers" in nine games, including a season-high five vs Nevada... scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
1999-2000 Played in 30 games, garnering six starts... averaged 7.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and made 55-of-139 shots from beyond the arc... averaged 9.5 points while hitting on 47.7 percent of his three-pointers during conference play... earned a spot on the WAC's All-Newcomer team... scored 15 points in his TCU debut vs. Cal on Nov. 18... averaged 10.0 points per game in his first three games... was held below double digits in scoring in each of his next nine games... broke out of the drought with back-to-back 18-point performances vs. Grambling State on Dec. 30 and vs. North Texas on Jan. 3... drilled five three-pointers in each of those games... logged his lone double-double of the season vs. Grambling State, as he collected 11 boards to go with his 18 points... exploded for 16 points in just 23 minutes against Hawai'i on Jan. 29... hit 6-of-7 shots from the field, including 4-of-5 beyond the arc... helped hold the WAC Mountain Division Player of the Year, Jeryl Sasser, to just 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting from the field... led the victory at Rice on Feb. 3 with a TCU freshman single-game record six three-pointers and a season-high 20 points scored... buried five consecutive three-point attempts in the first half in that victory... keyed a comeback from a 19-point second-half deficit vs. San Jose State on Feb. 12, as he scored 17 points, including five three-pointers.
Prior to TCU
High School Merriex was regarded as the top big guard in the Texas high school ranks in his final two seasons... the 1999 Class 4A Player of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches... rated the 19th-best small forward in the nation by Athlon Sports magazine as a senior... rated the second-best shooter and 13th-best player overall in Texas by Texas Hoops magazine... the Most Valuable Player of the North Team at the 1999 Texas High School Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game in Fort Worth... scored 17 points to lead the North to a 99-92 victory... voted Most Valuable Player of the Wichita Falls Schools as both a junior and senior... as a senior, he averaged 31.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 4.2 blocked shots and 2.1 steals per game... hit 65 percent from the field, 48.2 percent (80-of-166) from three-point range and 74 percent from the free-throw line during his senior season... led WFHS to the District 7-4A title as a junior and again as a senior... led WFHS to a 21-10 record as the Coyotes advanced to the regional round of the 1999 Class 4A Texas State Tournament... scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a Bi-District playoff win over Fort Worth Brewer... set a school record for points in a career with 2,257... averaged 22.7 points during his high school varsity career... as a junior, averaged 21 points, seven rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while hitting 66 percent of his shots from the field... scored 37 points with 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in a 72-66 win over Wichita Falls Hirschi... scored 36 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in a 62-53 win over Wichita Falls Rider... coached by Larry Menefee at Wichita Falls.
Personal Bingo AsAnte Merriex was born November 24, 1980... the son of Donal and Maryann Merriex... Donal played college basketball at Midwestern State in Wichita Falls... a psychology major.