Here we are nearing the end of February and it's getting time to look at what players at four-year institutions have been the best in the state in men's basketball.
With the C-Spire Bailey Howell Trophy ceremony set for Mar. 5, we know media members in other parts of the state are drooling over which Ole Miss, Mississippi State or maybe Southern Miss player is the best candidate for the award as it seems to always go to the big schools.
I'm writing this to let people that when it comes to finding the best player in the state, there's more than just three schools.
All total in the state, there are 14 four-year institutions (6 Division 1, 2 Division II, 2 Division III and 4 NAIA) that play college basketball.
Over here in this Delta town called Cleveland at the institution known as Delta State University, there's been one particular player that's been scoring the basketball, getting the rebounds and making life difficult for opponents with his defense particularly his ability to block those shots. That player is Cleveland native and senior forward PJ Davis.
Davis has averaged 16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.3 assists and one steal per game. He's been very effective at making his shots by posting a field goal percentage of .513 (172-of-335).Davis' production has gotten better as the season has progressed as he has averaged 19.9 points and 6.6 rebounds a night over his last eight games.
In DSU's recent win 55-53 over Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. on Feb. 14, Davis scored 31 points with eight rebounds and went a solid 13-of-23 from the floor for a field goal percentage of .565. The win enabled DSU to earn a spot in the GSC Tournament. Davis also scored 33 points and went 15-of-19 from the floor in DSU's 78-77 loss to Shorter on Jan. 20 at Rome, Ga.
Davis' scoring average of 16.3 points per game is that most of any player among the NCAA teams (Division I, II and III) in the state and sixth overall.
Davis' season has enabled him to move up the DSU record books. He is DSU's all-time career leader in blocked shots (194) and is sixth in rebounds (722) and ninth in points scored (1,284).
With one game to go in the regular season and a conference tournament awaiting him at the end of the month, Davis isn't done yet. Davis and the rest of the Statesmen will be determined to win and make a run at the GSC crown.