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Mercer Kicked Off the Team

#33 Mike Mercer was kicked off the UGA Hoops squad #33 Mike Mercer was kicked off the UGA Hoops squad

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's men's basketball team lost another key player on Monday when junior guard Mike Mercer was kicked off for failing to meet standards and policies.

Mercer was Georgia's second-leading scorer at 13.7 points a game when he sustained a season-ending knee injury last season. He already was serving a 15-game suspension when coach Dennis Felton decided to send him packing.

Mercer followw Takais Brown out the door. The senior forward was suspended nine games, then dismissed from the team just before the season for an undisclosed violation of team policies. Brown led the team in scoring last season at 14.2 points a game.

Mercer started all 23 games he played as a sophomore. Both Mercer and Brown were initially suspended for violations of the school's new class attendance policy for student-athletes. Another player, backup forward Albert Jackson, is serving a six-game suspension for failing to follow the attendance rules.

Georgia did not reveal why Mercer was booted from the team. Last week, his roommate, Billy Humphrey, was indefinitely suspended after his arrest for possession of a knife on school property.

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