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.
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.
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.