New Orleans, LA – Southern University at New Orleans took a big step towards bolstering its backcourt with the addition of combo guard Melvin Davis who spent the last two seasons lighting up scoreboards for Delgado Community College.
Davis, listed at 6-0, 165 lbs, is a New Orleans native who prepped at John McDonough High School. He was named to the All-Miss-Lou Conference team this past season after averaging more than 25 points per game. For the season he had 10 games of more than 25 points including 9 games where he topped 30 points. He poured in 38 points against Pensacola-Florida, a contest in which he knocked down 9 three-pointers.
“Melvin Davis is a quality player and a quality individual,” said SUNO Head Coach Dale Valdery. ”His versatility, his scoring ability and his desire to compete on both ends of the floor are very exciting to us and we needed someone who wants to come in and make guys better. Even with his ability to put the ball in the basket and dominate offensively, Melvin is always looking to get others involved. What I really like about the young man is that he’s a student of the game. He loves to watch film, he’s a basketball junkie. The competition for minutes will be tough, but we expect big things from him.”
Davis, who joined Delgado’s 1000 point club in just about a season and a half, has the full support of his former coach as he takes the next step in his career. ”SUNO is getting a tremendous basketball player,” said Delgado Head Coach Tommy Smith. ”The young man performs in the classroom and on the court. His leadership qualities should be a great asset to the program here just like they were for us. He’s going to make an impact and he should enhance everything that Coach Valdery is trying to do. Wherever the bar is for the expectations for Melvin, I promise you he has set the bar higher for himself. I wish him all the best moving forward.”
“I’m excited to play for SUNO and to be able to continue my career close to home, with my family and support system nearby,” said Davis. ”I’m ready to come in and do whatever the coaches ask me to do. I’m going to come in and help push my teammates to be their best, motivate them and try to be another coach out there on the floor. I think we have the potential for great success here and I want to help this team get back to the NAIA tournament and do some big things.”