Merritt Signs With Johnson and Wales

merrittA Stephens County Lady Indian basketball player sets her sights to the next level both on and off the court.

Audresha Merritt signed Thursday to play basketball next season at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte.

Johnson and Wales is just starting its basketball program and this Fall will mark the first season of varsity’s women basketball at the 10-year-old Charlotte campus.

The school will play in Division Two of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association starting next season.

Merritt said she is looking forward to help build the program at Johnson and Wales.

“The coach is really nice and really reached out to me,” said Merritt.

On the court, Merritt expects to play a wing position at Johnson and Wales.

Off the court, she plans to study accounting.

Stephens County Lady Indian Basketball Head Coach Anthony Daniel said he is excited to see Merritt go to college and have a chance to play basketball at the same time.

He said the Lady Indians benefited from Merritt’s toughness and leadership during her time at Stephens County High School.

“She was not as vocal as she needed to be at first, but she realized that we were riding her back,” said Daniel. “She was first-team All-Region and she led by example first of all. The vocal part came down the road. We are going to miss her entire game, her leadership, her persona. We are just elated she is going to further her education.”

This past season, Merritt averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds a game, along with five assists and two steals per game.