The pivot thus becomes the second incorporation of the team, after Vega Gimeno, and joins the Valencian, Anna Cruz, Aminata Sangaré and her former partner Zoe Hernández as the fifth member of the 2021-2022 squad.
Born in Fredericksburg (Virginia, 1994), Merritt Hempe trained in the NCAA with the ‘Lady Bulldogs’ of the University of Georgia. At the end of her university stage, the new Casademont Zaragoza player landed at the Chemnitz Chemcats in Germany in the 2016-2017 season, demonstrating her potential with averages of 18.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. That first professional experience helped him make the leap to the Russian Kazanochka Kazan, a team in which he once again demonstrated his quality. In just 19 minutes per game, the American went up to 9.2 points and 3.3 rebounds on average.
From Russia, Hempe traveled Europe from north to south to reach La Seu d’Urgell and experience his first campaign in our country. In the town of ilerdense it became one of the references of a Cadí La Seu that, thanks to its 11.4 points and 4.6 rebounds, was consecrated as the revelation of the Women’s League by finishing in third position. Her adaptation to the competition caught the attention of the Mann-Filter Stadium Casablanca, which reached an agreement with her and led to her first contact with Zaragoza. Now, after another good season in the Endesa Women’s League, this time at Durán Maquinaria Ensino, with averages of 15 points and 4.4 rebounds, the interior returns to the Aragonese capital at the hands of Carlos Cantero.
THIS IS HOW CARLOS CANTERO SEES IT
“I am quite happy with the signing of Merritt. She is a player that I have already trained this year and the experience was quite positive. In addition, she has shown me that with her on the court the team plays better, more fluid and that is something that I take into account. As a player, I like her to be a threat when she plays with her back to the basket, when she plays with her face, her shooting range… These are things that we have valued for her signing. In addition, in the case of a foreign player it is important that she already knows the league, that she has been showing her good level season after season in different teams. He also knows me as a coach and some partner, which will make the adaptation period rather short and that is important ».