Junior Merryman joins Foresters’ 1,000-point club in basketball


Shane Merryman Photo provided.

Huntington University junior Shane Merryman, of Fort Wayne, has reached a milestone in his career as a Forester.

Heading into the game against Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Jan. 5, the 6-5 forward needed just two points to become the 43rd player to join Huntington's 1,000-point club.

He reached this mark less than four minutes into the contest when he muscled one in down low.

Basketball runs in the genes for the Merryman family as Shane joins the ranks with his grandfather Dean Merryman. The elder Merryman attended Huntington from 1958-1962 and has a career average of 20.2 points per outing. He scored a total of 1,855 points and currently claims the eighth spot on the Foresters' all-time scoring list.

To date, Shane Merryman has accumulated 1,021 points in 79 games for a career average of 12.9 points per contest. Through 17 games this season, the Carroll High School graduate is ranked 11th in NAIA Division II in scoring (21.65) and second in field goal percentage (.656).

He also pulls down a team-high 6.4 boards every night.