• Derek Murray

Antoine Davis

Shooting Guard, 6'1 170 lbs

Detroit Mercy, Sophomore

Draft Range: 50 to Undrafted

Davis is a bona fide scorer.

There is no doubt about it; he averaged 26.1 PPG over 37.4 MPG in his freshman campaign while racking up numerous awards including: First Team All-Horizon League & Horizon League Freshman of the Year.

Most of his points came from deep, where he shot 38% (132-for-347). His mechanics are smooth and he's got a nice, quick release as well. He may only be 6'1, but the high point on his release is elevated enough that it's difficult to contest. He's shown the ability to create for himself (only 36.4% of his threes were assisted) & be reliable in catch-and-shoot situations as well. Lateral quickness and body control are plus; even when he appears off balance or is coming to a sudden stop, he's able to control himself and get a good, clean look.

Here's a list of freshman since 1992 to hit 110+ three pointers in a season according to Sports-Reference. Not saying that his game mirrors the others, simply giving perspective to the offensive output.

Davis does more than just shoot 3's, however, as he can score across the entire floor. While he made a lowly 39.4% of his shots at the rim he scored 43.5% of all other 2-PT shots, displaying a nice skill set creating space and hitting pull up jumpers. Solid ball handler with an array of moves, especially his step back.

The rim percentage is worrisome to me because at the next level defenses will press him, without the fear of him getting into the lane. Developing his verticality and ability to push through contact will loom large in the eye of evaluators.

Chart via Bart Torvik

Another promising part of AD's game is that he's used to carrying the load for his team. He finished 6th in the country last year in USG% and managed to hold a decent offensive rating. In the chart below I've highlighted him along with some other notable names from 2018 for comparison.

In 2019-20 I hope to see AD distribute the ball a bit more & focus on shot selection. I love the mentality he clearly has, in believing that he can score any time he's got the ball. While that's incredibly important, so is efficiency. He only averaged 3.8 AST per 40 last year; if he can create for others as much as he can for himself, the Horizon League is in for a long season trying to stop him.

2020 Swing Skills: - Verticality

- Rim finish %

- Defensive intensity

For Davis to get a legitimate NBA look during his sophomore year, he'll need to perform at an elite level & prove that he can create for others just as he can for himself. Defensive IQ and stocks (STL + BLK) will need to improve drastically as well. With as much natural talent as he has, he is certainly capable of doing both.

Antoine Davis will be an exciting player to watch as we roll into the 2019-20 season.

Photo via Detroit Mercy Athletics

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