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BTN LiveBIG: Merritt leading from hoops to fashion

David Merritt knows a little bit about hard work paying off. In 2006, he tried out for Michigan’s basketball team and was awarded a walk-on spot. Two years later, he earned a scholarship, was named a co-captain and Academic All-Big Ten while helping Michigan to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 11 years. Upon earning his bachelor’s degree in 2008, Merritt decided to dedicate his career to working hard for underserved youth through his company, Merit. Merit is a cause design company that sells fashionable and quality clothing and donates 20 percent of all sales to underprivileged youth. “We’re a