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2021 brings Antoine Davis's last dance with Titans

But his goals for this school year encompass more than basketball

On September 17, 2021

Antoine Davis has already made his mark but looks to add to his achievements in his senior season. / VN photo by Jorge Reyna Jr.

BY JORGE REYNA JR. / VN SPORTS EDITOR

Since arriving as a freshman during the 2018-19 season, Antoine Davis has already secured his legacy as one of the best scorers in Titans history, and he still has this year to add to his achievements.

Davis posted to Twitter in April that he still has more to accomplish at Detroit Mercy, including receiving his bachelor’s degree and, he hopes, playing in the NCAA tournament.

“I look forward to receiving my bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2022 and competing for an opportunity to represent my university and the Horizon League in March Madness with my teammates,” said Davis.

You may remember memorable moments in the 22-year old’s career, like breaking Steph Curry’s NCAA freshman three-point record or being a three-time first-team All-Horizon League selection.

Davis’s big goal is to find his way to the NBA, whether through the draft or by attending individual team workouts.

Davis is going into the 2021-22 season with a career average of 24.9 points and 4.2 assists, as well as a .399 field-goal percentage.

Although this will be Davis’s “Last Dance” at Calihan Hall wearing Titan blue and red, it’s a good year to end it as fans will finally be in attendance.

Davis said it’s a blessing to end things this way.

“I’m ready for it to be how it was my sophomore and freshman year – to have fans at the game. It’s exciting,” said Davis.

The Titans ended the 2020-21 season with a 12-10 record, losing to NKU on a buzzer-beater in the paint in the Horizon League quarterfinals.

Head coach Mike Davis said he feels prepared for this being his son Antoine’s last season here, though he wishes his son could stay two more years.

“We just hope we can get to the NCAA tournament,” coach Davis said. “That would be the dream and a step in the right direction.”

With the father-son duo striving for the same goal, coach Davis said he has seen growth in his son, especially on the court, as he has become a more vocal leader.

When it comes down to decision-making and growth, coach Davis is, more than anything, a proud father.

“I’m extremely proud as a coach. You’re always proud of your player’s accomplishments, and as a father, it’s the same. So I get to be both at once,” he said.

Regardless of his individual and team accomplishments, Antoine Davis said he wants to leave his mark for being a good person.

“I just want to be remembered as a good person – not only in basketball because this is way more than basketball at the end of the day,” he said.

 

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