Green Hope grad John Mosser part of Mercer team that upset Duke in the NCAA Tournament

CorrespondentMarch 24, 2014 

— One year ago, John Mosser was a senior student at Green Hope. Fast forward 12 months, and he’s on the Mercer Bears team that beat the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA Tournament.

It’s safe to say that Mosser’s freshman season is one that he’ll never forget, and his team’s monumental upset victory in his home state is just the icing on the cake.

“It really hasn’t sunk in yet at all,” Mosser said, adding that he didn’t know if it would sink in before Mercer’s next game, which was Sunday.

While Mosser didn’t play in Friday’s 78-71 win against the Blue Devils, the experience of being with his team in an ACC arena near his home while defeating an ACC blue-blood team that he grew up watching is one that he’ll never forget.

“I never thought that I’d be with this group of guys back here playing against a team I grew up watching, and having all of my friends and family here to experience this as well is pretty great,” Mosser said.

This time last last year, Mosser, a two-time all-conference player at Green Hope, didn’t even know where he would go to college until he accepted a preferred walk-on spot last May.

“I really didn’t hear of (Mercer) much, but then another coach in our conference in high school was friends with our assistant coach, (Doug Esleeck) and he told me about it,” Mosser explained.

After taking a closer look at Mercer, Mosser decided that it was the right place for him.

Mosser is thankful for Green Hope basketball, and he believes that the current situation he’s in wouldn’t be possible without it.

“It gave me the opportunity to show what I can do, so I could have the opportunity to play for this team,” Mosser said.

While he played sparingly in nine games this season, Mosser said he has learned from the older guys on a Mercer team with seven seniors.

“Probably the biggest thing that I’ve learned is how important our preparation is. Because when we found out that we were playing Duke, and we prepared, we knew all of their plays; we knew how to play them defensively. I’ve never seen how much preparation goes into the game before,” Mosser said.

The Bears’ season ended with a 27-9 overall record after a 83-63 loss to Tennessee on Sunday.

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