USF basketball guard Mike Mercer, who was dismissed from the team in January due to legal issues, was reinstated by USF coach Stan Heath after fulfilling obligations of a pretrial intervention program stemming from his arrest for possession of marijuana in January, the St. Petersburg Times reported Saturday.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity Coach Heath has given me to rejoin the team,” Mercer said in a statement.  “I apologize again to my teammates, my coaches, and the USF community for my poor decisions last year.”

Mercer, a senior, averaged 8.5 points per game in four games last year.

-Phil Neary