Detroit Mercy’s Anthony Davismaybe the top college basketball prospect currently in the transfer portal, has narrowed his list of school selection down to five, Davis announced on social media Sunday.
Davis’ choices include Kansas State, Georgetown, Maryland, BYU, and returning to Detroit for his final season, which will be the fifth season granted to players following the 2019-20 pandemic-impacted season. Davis took his final visit, going to BYU, on Sunday.
Davis, a 6-foot-1 guard who is the 22nd all-time scorer in NCAA men’s basketball history, averaged 23.9 points per game last season, playing for his dad, Mike Davis, a former head coach at Indiana.
Davis, 23, played four seasons for his father, becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer last season. By playing the fifth season afforded by the COVID-19 pandemic, Davis could challenge for the top spot on the NCAA’s all-time Division I scoring list.
— Tim Fitzgerald (@LifeofFitz) April 24, 2022
Now that Davis has trimmed his school choices, it’s expected he will now lock in on reviewing name, image, and likeness (NIL) opportunities at his potential destinations. Antoine Davis’ decision to pursue NIL money even caught his father off guard.
“You know, it just all came out of nowhere, to be honest with you,” Mike Davis told the Detroit News. “I’m kind of at a loss for words, to be honest with you.”
Train Kansas State player Nijel Pack announced Saturday that he is transferring to the University of Miami, with Miami-based company Life Wallet simultaneously announcing that he is signing Pack to an NIL deal worth $400,000 a year for his final two years of eligibility.
That deal seems to flaunt NCAA guidance about NIL offers being used to lure prospective student-athletes to a particular institution, but as Mike Davis points out, it’s hard to blame the players for taking the money being offered, even if it means losing his own its to the transfer portal.
“If I wasn’t his coach, I would tell him to do exactly what he did,” Mike Davis told The News. “You have a chance to make a half-million to a million dollars in NIL, and you put that money in the bank and you don’t spend it … let it sit for 10 years, that’s pretty impressive.
“It’s hard to turn that down.”
According to Antoine Davis’ Twitter feed, Kansas State appears to be the leader for his services, with the player stating, “Kansas State was the best visit I went on.” Still, there are other factors at play, including the NIL and as his father mentioned, participation in the NCAA Tournament.
That was the best visit I went on?? thank you coaches for having me. Manhattan, thank you for having me??
— Anthony Davis?? (@Youngdvs13) April 23, 2022
“He wanted to get to the NCAA Tournament so bad. He had a great career here,” Mike Davis said. “It’s just been a big shock. I’m his dad and I’m his coach, so it’s just a fine line. … He had told me he didn’t want to play for anybody but me. … But when the NIL thing arose and popped up, he was like, ‘Wow.’
“You know, it’s just crazy.”
Kansas State coach Jerome Tang was hired in March to take over the K-State program, and since then all but two players who had remaining eligibility for the Wildcats either left K-State or were asked to depart the program via the transfer portal. K-State currently only has five of its 13 available scholarships filled, with the Wildcats being one of the most active programs in searching for transfer portal candidates.
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