Ok-State Wildcats miss on basketball switch Antoine Davis

FILE - Detroit Mercy guard Antoine Davis brings the ball up during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., Dec.  30, 2019. Davis is entering the transfer portal, making the nation's third-leading scorer available to another school for his fifth season.  Davis announced his plans Thursday, April 14, on his social media accounts.  (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

FILE – Detroit Mercy guard Antoine Davis brings the ball up during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., Dec. 30, 2019. Davis is entering the transfer portal, making the nation’s third-leading scorer available to another school for his fifth season. Davis announced his plans Thursday, April 14, on his social media accounts. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

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A few weeks ago, the Kansas State men’s basketball team hosted Antoine Davis on a recruiting trip and the coveted transfer from Detroit had nothing but good things to say about the Wildcats.

“That was the best visit I went on,” Davis wrote on social media. “Thank you coaches for having me. Manhattan, thank you for having me.”

At the time, it appeared as though K-State coach Jerome Tang had a real shot at landing Davis even though he was also considering BYU, Georgetown, Maryland and a return to his former school. But it wasn’t to be.

He chose to remain at Detroit Mercy after reportedly agreeing to a lucrative NIL deal with a Chinese basketball manufacturer to produce custom glow-in-the-dark basketballs that will feature custom logos and designs by Davis. The deal could be worth in excess of six figuresaccording to college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman.

Davis plans to share some of his new income with teammates.

“I don’t expect anybody to respect my decision,” he wrote Monday after announcing his return to Detroit, where he will continue to play for his father, Mike. “But it’s also the reason why it’s my decision.”

His announcement brought a unique recruiting experience to an end. His decision is excellent news for Detroit, but a bummer for all those schools that missed out on him.

K-State, in particular, is now in serious need of an impact transfer heading into Tang’s first season with the Wildcats.

Davis would have added some major scoring punch to K-State’s roster.

The 6-foot-1 and 165-pound senior guard is one of the most prolific scorers in NCAA history. He averaged 23.9 points per game last season, on top of 4.4 assists and 3.6 rebounds. He also made 37.9% of his shots from three-point range.

Those numbers came as no surprise. Davis has been a scoring machine throughout his college career and ranks No. 22 on the NCAA men’s basketball scoring list with 2,734 career points.

Putting a player like Davis next to returning guard Markquis Nowell would have given the Wildcats one of the Big 12’s most formidable backcourts next season. Instead, they are still searching for impact players with six open scholarships.

It will be important for Tang to identify and land some of his top backup options if the Wildcats hope to be competitive next season.

Davis decided to explore his transfer options as a “super senior” after starring for Detroit the past four seasons. His father said the transfer was at least partially motivated by the possibility of NIL opportunities at other.

In a surprising development, he found one at home. That is where he will be finishing his college basketball career.

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Kellis Robinett covers Kansas State athletics for The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star. A winner of more than a dozen national writing awards, he lives in Manhattan with his wife and four children.

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