had more high school press clippings than Mercer's 17-man roster combined.
But that didn't stop the 14th-seeded Bears from rolling Parker and the perennial national power and third-seeded Duke Blue Devils, 78-71, in the Midwest Regional Friday.
Here are the high school highlights of Mercer, who stood out in one of the bigger upsets in recent NCAA history.
* Leading scorer and senior forward Jakob Gallon (20 points) averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds during his prep career for Stevens Point (Wis.)
and was first-team All-State his senior year. He was not a McDonald's All-American.
* Daniel Coursey (17 points), a 6-10 senior, had 17 points. He was a highly under-recruited player out of Benedictine (Savannah, Ga.)
, after averaging 6.8 points and 8.0 rebounds a game his senior year.
* Mercer's biggest recruit, 6-5, 205-pound sophomore guard Ike Nwamu, earned All-Georgia honors as a senior, leading Westchester Country Day (High Point, N.C.)
to a No. 27 national ranking. He was the state 2A state Player of the Year as a senior. He first attended Cleveland State for a season, transferred to Mercer, sat out a season and is the key player off the bench for the Bears. He had 11 key points Friday.
* Langston Hall, a 6-4 senior, got multiple college offers after earning All-George state honorable mention honors at Chamblee (Ga.)
, which was a regional runner-up. The nation's 165th-ranked point guard in 2010 had 11 points Friday.
* Anthony White, a 6-2 senior guard who had 13 points, made his mark at Lake Land College after an unsung prep career at Pike (Indianapolis)
. He helped Pike win a sectional title and lettered there three years.
Parker, tabbed the greatest high school player since LeBron James by Sports Illustrated two years ago, finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. He figures to head right to the NBA and is projected to be a top-three draft pick in June if he decides to come out. He led Simeon (Chicago)
to four straight state titles in arguably the most ballyhooed prep career in Chicago history.
Parker was inconsolable after the game and told the Chicago Tribune
that Friday game would indeed effect his decision whether to stay or go.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” he said. “Don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Afterward coach Duke coach Mike Krzyewski simply praised Mercer's effort and despite their individual prep credentials, or lack thereof, he didn't look past the Bears, who made 55 percent of their shots and had just eight turnovers.
"I applaud their effort and their fans and what they did on the court," he said. "They're going to be tough to beat moving forward. There's no way we overlooked them."
Krezyewski told that to reporters Thursday as well: "Mercer is a team that can beat us, definitely. Mercer's a team that can beat a lot of people."