MACON, Ga. – Stephon Jelks and Desmond Ringer, both recent graduates and student-athletes for the Mercer University men's basketball team, have signed contracts to play professionally overseas. The two become the latest in the long list of former Mercer standouts under coach Bob Hoffman to join the professional ranks.
Jelks, a product of Marietta, Georgia, has signed to play with the UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki team in the Finnish Professional League. Jelks tallied 1,113 career points (29th in school history) and grabbed 844 rebounds (third in school history) during his tenure at Mercer. He is one of only three players in school history to score more than 1,000 points and pull down more than 800 rebounds during a career.
Ringer, a native of McDonough, Georgia, has signed a pair of pro contracts. Ringer has signed a one-month contract to play in the NBA China Tournament. Players will leave Aug. 4 with the first phase of the event scheduled for Aug. 11-12. Ringer will then report to Latvia to play for his new team in the LBL Latvia. Ringer scored 735 points and grabbed 481 rebounds during his Mercer career. He was also recognized for his off-the-court achievements, as he was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 4 squad; the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court; and the NABC Give Back Team for his outstanding contributions in community service.