UAlbany men’s basketball wins commitment from Davis, a transfer from Division III Arcadia – The Daily Gazette

The UAlbany men’s basketball program was successful last year in recruiting from the Division II ranks.

This time, the great Danes and head coach Dwayne Killings are trying to see if they can recreate that happiness with a player from Division III level.

On Monday, Da’Kquan Davis announced his commitment to the great Danes with a post on social media. A 6-foot-1, 185-pound guard, Davis’ previous college-level playing experience was with Division III Arcadia in Pennsylvania.

“It was a great feeling,” said the 23-year-old Davis about accepting the Great Danes’ offer to “pursue my dream” of switching to UAlbany to play Division I basketball.

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Davis did not play in the 2021-22 season to preserve his final year of playing eligibility to “take a chance” on playing Division I basketball next season. He is currently completing his education in sports management at Arcadia.

During his senior season, an abbreviated 11-game campaign due to pandemic-related restrictions in 2020-21, Davis averaged 23.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

In 93 career games with Arcadia, Davis scored a program record of 1,825 points. He shot 34.7% from 3-point territory, 46% overall from the field and 76.8% from the foul line.

At one point, Davis had been required to join Division I North Texas for the 2021-22 season, but he ended up staying at Arcadia to complete his degree. In addition to UAlbany, Davis said he had considered joining Coastal Carolina during this current recruitment cycle.

A Philadelphia native who played at the city’s Roman Catholic high school, Davis was trained for his final year of high school by current UAlbany assistant coach Matt Griffin. Davis also played with and against several members of UAlbany’s 2021-22 list, who had multiple players with connections to the Philadelphia area.

Davis is the first player to commit to joining the Great Danes since concluding earlier this month a school investigation into the men’s basketball program that “substantiated that there was inappropriate physical contact between Coach Killings and a student- athlete during a pre-match hype circle immediately ahead of a road game, “in November last year. The school’s investigation” concluded that this was an isolated incident “, but Killings was suspended for the first five games of the 2022-23 season and asked to pay a fine of $ 25,000 to be donated to a local non-profit organization.

Davis participated in several Great Danes matches last season and said he had developed a “good relationship” with the Killings before UAlbany formally extended him a scholarship last week. Davis said the study and its findings were “not really” a concern for him.

“I’m the type of person where I do not judge people by mistake,” Davis said. “I feel like he does [Killings] is the right person to help me take the next step. ”

Davis is able to play with or off the ball, and there is plenty of playing time available in the big Danes’ backfield. All five members of the UAlbany starting lineup either exhausted their play eligibility or entered the NCAA transfer portal this offseason, including guards Jamel Horton and Matt Cerruti, who each averaged more than 30 minutes per game. match.

Horton was a second-team pick at the entire conference and America East Defensive Player of the Year, while Cerruti was a third-team all-league pick.

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Before playing a season at UAlbany, Cerruti had played in Division II Lock Haven. Since his appointment in March 2021, Killings has said his coaching staff would recruit experienced players from the Division II and III ranks as transfers.

Like Cerruti, Davis joins the Great Danes after not playing on a team the previous season. Davis said he has maintained a strict training routine over the past year to stay ready for a Division I opportunity.

“I just kept telling myself that nothing comes easy,” Davis said.

Davis is the third incoming player to commit to UAlbany and the first transfer. Previously, Jonathan Beagle and Marcus Jackson had committed to joining UAlbany as first-year players for next season.

Beagle is based in Hudson Falls and will be on a scholarship with the great Danes, while Jackson – a native of Amsterdam – is expected to join UAlbany as a preferred walk-on.

With Davis’ addition, UAlbany has four open scholarships for next season.

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