TIPOFF: NCAA records at the fingertips of Davis of Detroit Mercy

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FILE – Roberts Max Abmas (3) is located between Duane Washington Jr. (4) with Ohio State and EJ Liddell (32) during the second half of the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 19, 2021 at The Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana, Abmas took the stage in 2021 when he averaged 26.7 points from three NCAA tournament games to help Oral Roberts beat Ohio State and Florida before relegating to Arkansas in Sweet 16 (AP Photo / Robert Franklin, File)

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Detroit’s Guardian of Mercy, Antoine Davis, has the chance to end his career as one of the most successful scorers and 3-pointers in college basketball history.

Davis is more interested in securing a seat in the NCAA tournament that he has eluded so far.

The 6ft 1 Davis entered the off-season transfer portal but decided to play one more season for his father. Mike Davis took over Detroit Mercy after reaching the NCAA tournament for four of the six seasons at Texas State, but still hasn’t won an offer at his current school.

“I experienced it with my own eyes as a spectator, but not as a player,” said Antoine Davis, recalling the years he watched his father, the Texas State coach. “It was 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 do it.

Reaching the NCAA tournament is the only thing Antoine Davis has failed to accomplish in his brilliant college career. He enters the 2022-23 season as one of the most notable mid to low dur players.

Davis scored 2734 career points, finishing 22nd in the history of the 1st league. He was the third league I goalscorer last season with 23.9 points per game, which was actually the lowest average of his career. Davis averaged 26.1 points in 2018-19, 24.3 in 2019-20 and 24.0 in 2020-21.

If Davis could live up to his result from last season when he scored 694 points, he would have finished second on the all-time list. Pete Maravich holds the record with 3,667 points in his three-season career with LSU in 1967-70.

His 429 3-point shots in his career put him in just 80 losses to the I League record. Fletcher Magee scored 509 points for 3 points at Wofford in 2015-19.

Davis has scored double-digit goals in 111 consecutive matches. The Division I record of 115 is shared by Campbell’s Chris Clemons (2016-19) and La Salle’s Lionel Simmons (1987-90).

The extra eligibility season Davis received due to the pandemic helped him get closer to these records. It also gives him the opportunity to become a five-time first team manager in the entire Horizontal League. Davis is already the first player to earn first-team honors across the Horizon League in four separate seasons.

Davis hooked up with Houston in high school but changed his mind and chose Texas State to play for his father who has a career record of 397-310 and coached Indiana for the 2002 NCAA tournament finals. When his dad joined the Detroit Mercy, Davis signed up there instead.

“He knows my game better than anyone,” said Davis. “I have been training for many years. He just knows what I can do and everything. It would not have to be otherwise. I knew his system most of the time and really wanted to play for him at the end of the day.

He was thinking of leaving the Detroit Mercy and Horizon League this year. Davis entered the transfer portal and heavily considered BYU and Kansas State before deciding to end his college career where he began.

“It would be a bit weird if I would play elsewhere or finish my career elsewhere,” said Davis. “That’s what made me come back.”

Some other medium to low weight program players who hate watching:

MAX ABMAS, ORAL ROBERTS

Abmas arrived on the scene in 2021 when he averaged 26.7 points from three NCAA games, helping Oral Roberts beat Ohio State and Florida before relegating to Arkansas in Sweet 16. He led the Premier League with 24.5 points match this season. Abmas followed suit, scoring an average of 22.8 points last season and finishing in fifth place. His 3.8 points for 3 points per game came in third.

SINCERE CARRY, STATE KENT

Carry, a transfer from Duquesne, was Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in his first season at Kent State. The 6-1 ranger took second place in MAC in terms of assists (4.8) and fifth in the scoring (17.9) and became a completely defensive MAC team.

AARON ESTRADA, HOFSTRA

The transfer from Oregon was a Colonial Athletic Association player last season in his first year at Hofstra. Estrada led CAA in the number of goals (18.5) and assists (5.0), and also had 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 interceptions per game.

TOSAN EVBUOMWAN, PRINCETON

Although he is a 6 foot 8 inch forward, Evbuomwan actually led the Ivy League in assists last season with 5.1 per game. He was named the Ivy player of the year. Evbuomwan, who hails from Newcastle, England, also finished fourth in the league for goals (16.0), rebounds (6.7) and steals (1.4).

DARIUS McGHEE, FREEDOM

McGhee was named ASUN Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons. In 2021-22 he had an average of 24.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He led all league I players with 142 points for 3 points and was second in terms of points per game.

JORDAN “JELLY” WALKER, UAB

After starting his career at Seton Hall and playing for two seasons at Tulane, Walker found a home at UAB. Walker finished eighth in Division 1 last season with three points per game (3.41) and 16th (20.3), leading Conference USA in both categories. He was named Conference USA Player of the Year.

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This story was originally published November 1, 2022 23:58.

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