Detroit Mercy's Antoine Davis (26.1 ppg) says he'll be back next season

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Antoine Davis, left, and his father Mike Davis, Detroit Mercy's first-year head coach.

Detroit — That's a wrap on Antoine Davis' first season at Detroit Mercy.

But, there will be a second season.

Davis, the freshman phenom, announced Wednesday night that he will return for his sophomore year rather than bolt for the NBA. The news came before he scored 30 in Detroit Mercy's final game of the season, a 99-88 loss at Northern Kentucky in the Horizon League quarterfinals.

For the season, Davis averaged 26.1 points, at the moment good for third-best in Division I in the country.

On Tuesday, Davis was named Horizon League freshman of the year, and made first-team all-Horizon League — the first freshman to earn first-team all-Horizon League honors since Butler's Gordon Heyward in 2008-09.

Davis — who began the season as a walk-on after following his father, first-year coach Mike Davis, to Detroit — pieced together one of the most-prolific freshman seasons in history. His 132 made 3-pointers are most ever by a freshman, surpassing the record-122 Steph Curry made for Davidson in 2006-07.

The 132 3-pointers also are second-most in school history (136; Rashad Phillips, 2000-01), and fifth-most in Horizon League history.

Other highlights from his freshman season:

►Davis had 23 games in which he scored 20 or more points, most by a Detroit Mercy player since Phillips had 24 in 1999-2000. Davis also had nine games in which he scored 30 points, most by a Titan since Archie Tullos had 10 in 1987-88.

►With 784 points, Davis finished one behind Phillips' school-record 785 in 2000-01.

►Davis also had 107 assists, the most by a Detroit Mercy player since Ray McCallum Jr. posted 147 in 2012-13.

He was the engine for a Titans team that had significant roster turnover from last year.

Detroit Mercy finished 11-20 in Mike Davis' first season, after he took over for Bacari Alexander, who was fired after two eight-win seasons.

The Titans made it interesting against No. 2 seed Northern Kentucky on Wednesday, even leading by seven at the half, before the defense was shredded in the second half.

No. 3 Oakland (16-16) will meet Northern Kentucky (24-8) in Monday's 9:30 semifinal at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. No. 4 Green Bay (17-15) and No. 2 Wright State (20-12) will play in the 7 p.m. semifinal, with the championship game set for 7 Tuesday. The Horizon League got its four top seeds into the semifinals this year, the same year the format changed back to better seeds hosting first-round games. The previous three years, with all games at Joe Louis Arena or LCA, upsets were plentiful.

On the women's side of the bracket, it's also the top four seeds, with No. 1 Wright State (25-6) and No. 4 IUPUI (20-10) playing at 1 Monday, and No. 2 Green Bay (21-8) and No. 3 Youngstown State (22-8) at 3:30. The championship game is at noon Tuesday.

Tickets are still available, and available at the LCA box office or at

Meanwhile, in other postseason award news:

►Oakland redshirt junior Xavier Hill-Mais joined Davis, player of the year Drew McDonald (Northern Kentucky), Sandy Cohen III (Green Bay) and Loudon Love (Wright State) on first-team all-Horizon League. Braden Norris, a surprise starter at point guard for Oakland, made the all-freshman team.

►On the women's side, Oakland senior Taylor Jones made second-team, and teammate Kahlaijah Dean made the all-freshman team.

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