ANN ARBOR, Mich. * University of Michigan men's basketball coach JohnBeilein announced today (Feb. 19), senior guard David Merritt (West
Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield HS) will miss the remainder of the
season after tearing the medial meniscus in his left knee against Ohio
State (Feb. 17). Merritt is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday
"We feel just terrible about what has happened to David," said Beilein.
"He brought such a strong effort and other immeasurable intangibles to
our team every day in practice and in games. His overall stats are not
even close to what David means to this team. He is just a wonderful
leader both on and off the court. The way he played against Ohio State
was a testament to what he means to this team. He kept us in that game
and that will not soon be forgotten."
Despite the season-ending knee injury against Ohio State (Feb. 17),
Merritt proved his worth in what could be his final game at Michigan. He
posted a career-best seven points and four assists against the Buckeyes.
Merritt put the Wolverines on his back in the first half, keeping U-M in
the game, stopping a key first-half OSU run with his three-pointer and
inside acrobatic lay-up. He finished the game 3-for-5 from the field,
The former walk-on played in 22 career games for the Wolverines,
including 18 this season. He averaged 1.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and just
under one assist per game.