Detroit Mercy guard Antoine Davis is blessed to end his career as one of the most prolific scorers and 3-point shooters in college basketball history.
Davis is more concerned with earning the NCAA Tournament berth that has eluded him thus far.
The 6-foot-1 Davis entered the transfer gate in the offseason but opted to play one more season for his father. Mike Davis took over Detroit Mercy after reaching the NCAA Tournament four of his six seasons at Texas State, but he still hasn’t gotten an offer at his current school.
“I experienced it myself as a spectator but not as a player,” Antoine Davis said of those years watching his father coach Texas State. “It’s been tough, but I’m looking forward to this season. We are all on the same page. Everyone wants to do the same. I think we can get there.”
Reaching the NCAA Tournament is about the only thing Antoine Davis has failed to accomplish in his stellar college career. He enters the 2022-23 season as one of the standout players in the Mid-Major or Low-Major programs.
Davis scored 2,734 career points to rank 22nd in Division I history. He was the third-leading scorer in Division I last season with 23.9 points per game, and that was actually the highest average. lowest of his career. Davis averaged 26.1 points in 2018-19, 24.3 in 2019-20 and 24.0 in 2020-21.
If Davis matches his production from last season, when he scored 694 points, he would finish his career second on the all-time list. Pete Maravich holds the record with the 3,667 points he scored during his three-season career at LSU from 1967 to 1970.
His 429 career 3-pointers put him just 80 shy of the Division I record. Fletcher Magee made 509 3-pointers at Wofford from 2015-2019.
Davis has scored in double figures in 111 straight games. The Division I record of 115 is shared by Chris Clemons of Campbell (2016-19) and Lionel Simmons of La Salle (1987-90).
The extra season of eligibility Davis received due to the pandemic has helped him approach those records. It also gives him the opportunity to become a five-time Horizon League first-team selection. Davis is already the first player to earn first-team Horizon League honors in four separate seasons.
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Davis committed to Houston in high school but changed his mind and opted for Texas State to play for his father, who boasts a 397-310 career record and coached Indiana to a World Cup final. NCAA Tournament in 2002. When his father took over the Detroit Mercy job, Davis ended up signing up there instead.
“He knows my game better than anyone,” Davis said. “It worked for me for years and years. He just knows what I can do and everything. It shouldn’t be any different. I knew his system for the most part, and I really wanted to play for him, at the end of the day.
He thought about leaving Detroit Mercy and the Horizon League this year. Davis walked into the transfer portal and heavily considered BYU and Kansas State before choosing to end his college career where he started it.
“It would scare me a bit to play somewhere else or end my career somewhere else,” Davis said. “That’s what finally brought me back.”
A few other mid-major or low-major program players worth watching:
MAX ABMAS, ORAL ROBERTS
Abmas burst onto the scene in 2021 when he averaged 26.7 points in three NCAA Tournament games to help Oral Roberts beat Ohio State and Florida before falling to Arkansas in the Sweet 16. He led Division I with 24.5 points per game that season. Abmas followed with an average of 22.8 points last season to rank fifth. His 3.8 3-pointers per game ranked third.
SINCERE CARRY, KENT STATE
Carry, a transfer from Duquesne, was the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in his freshman season at Kent State. The 6-1 guard ranked second in the MAC in assists (4.8) and fifth in points (17.9) and was part of the MAC defensive team.
AARON ESTRADA, HOFSTRA
The Oregon transfer was the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year last season in his freshman year at Hofstra. Estrada led CAA in points (18.5) and assists (5.0) and also had 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
TOSAN EVBUOMWAN, PRINCETON
Despite being a 6-foot-8 forward, Evbuomwan actually led the Ivy League in assists last season with 5.1 per game. He was named Ivy Player of the Year. Evbuomwan, a native of Newcastle, England, also ranked fourth in the league in points (16.0), rebounds (6.7) and steals (1.4).
DARIUS McGHEE, FREEDOM
McGhee has been named ASUN Player of the Year each of the past two seasons. He averaged 24.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 2021-22. He led all Division I players with 142 3-pointers and ranked second in points per game.
JORDAN “JELLY” WALKER, UAB
After starting his career at Seton Hall and playing two seasons at Tulane, Walker found a home at UAB. Walker ranked eighth in Division I in 3 points per game (3.41) and 16th in points per game (20.3) last season while leading Conference USA in both categories. He was named Conference USA Player of the Year.
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