College Alumni Fresh to Death

Looking a lot like his high school days, MSU freshman Deyonta Davis throws down against Boise State.
Looking a lot like his high school days, MSU freshman Deyonta Davis throws down against Boise State.

As we head into December, some college freshmen from Michigan’s 2015 high school class have already made an impact in their new homes.

Brad Brechting  6-10  Oakland (Cedar Springs): He’s been the first big off the bench for the 3-2 Grizzlies. In a win against Steve McNair’s alma mater, Alcorn State, Brechting made 5-of-9 shots for 12 points with six rebounds and three blocked shots.

Deyonta Davis  6-10  Michigan State (Muskegon): With Gavin Schilling injured, DD has taken advantage of early minutes to show his high school accolades were no joke. He’s averaging 10. 3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots while shooting .651 from the field and .750 from the line for the 6-0 Spartans.  Against Eastern Michigan, Davis had 16 points on 7-of-10 shots with five rebounds and five blocked shots.

Texas freshman Eric Davis explains how they shoot it in Saginaw.
Texas freshman Eric Davis explains how they shoot it in Saginaw.

Eric Davis  6-2  Texas (Saginaw Arthur Hill): After needing the opener with Washington to warm up (in China), Davis has shot it very well for first-year coach Shaka Smart in Texas. He’s scoring 11.4 points per game on .464 from the floor including .389 from three-point range. The Mr. Basketball runner-up scored 19 points on 6-10 shooting in Texas’ defeat of then No. 25 Texas A&M. Davis then avenged his debut in a repeat game with Washington scoring 15 and the Longhorns winning that one, this time in the Bahamas.

Freshman Rob Edwards scored 14 for Cleveland State against No. 2 Maryland.
Freshman Rob Edwards scored 14 for Cleveland State against No. 2 Maryland.

Rob Edwards  6-3  Cleveland State (Detroit Cass Tech): He’s leading the Michigan alumni freshman contingent at over 30 minutes a game, most recently scoring 14 points with three assists against No. 2 Maryland. Edwards scored 17 against Rider and 16 against Rhode Island and is averaging 10.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.2 steals while shooting .429 from the field (which includes 1-for-12 from range).

Austin LeVan  6-2  Rockhurst (Millington): He’s the sixth man but second in minutes played for Rockhurst, a D2 in Illinois. Through six games LeVan is averaging 13 points while shooting .405 from the field, .419 from three-point range and .947 (18-of-19) at the stripe.

Josh McFolley  6-0  Detroit (Detroit Western): He went from winning a state title with Detroit Western to Horizon League freshman of the week with the Titans. Never shy about firing, McFolley is taking over five shots a game from behind the arc. He made three of them against Central State en route to a 17-point performance and is averaging 12.3 points in three games.

Nick Perkins  6-8  Buffalo (Milan): The 2014 Class B state champion is getting 20 minutes a game for first-year coach Nate Oats in the Upstate. Perkins’ 15-point, five-rebound effort against Canisius was punctuated by a dunk to give the Bulls a 98-96 win for the the city championship. Click here for video of the two-handed game-winner.

Frank Vukaj  6-8  Lewis (Davison): He’s been productive seeing 15 minutes a game for Lewis, a DII in Illinois. The Albanian Hammer is averaging 7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2 blocks a game while making .581 from the field.

 

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