Tubby Smith Adds Another All-American to Memphis Roster
University of Memphis head men's basketball coach Tubby Smith has announced that Kyvon Davenport, a 6-8 forward who was named a First Team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American and played the last two seasons at Georgia Highlands College, has signed his National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Tigers starting in the 2017-18 season.
Davenport, a native of Gainesville, Georgia, was named the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Player of the Year in 2016-17 after averaging 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds for Georgia Highlands College. He is also rated as the No. 19 player in the JUCOrecruiting.com Top-100.
"Kyvon is very athletic and mobile," said Smith. "He blocks shots and he has a nice stroke from the outside. He can play multiple positions offensive and defensively – Georgia Highlands pressed a lot, and he was at the front of the press. One of the things that you will see in Kyvon is his versatility, which shows in his playing ability and his output, including his large number of double-doubles that he had."
The 6-8 forward reached double-figure scoring 28 times, and in all but one game during the year he scored at least eight points. He scored at least 20 points 10 times and over 30 points twice, including a career-high 37 points on November 8.
Davenport's rebounding average of 10.5 was 15th best in NJCAA, while his 356 total rebounds were 10th-most in the country. He also pulled down double-digit rebounds 23 times with 21 double-doubles. He had a near-triple-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and eight blocked shots against ASA Prep on December 30.
He totaled 101 blocked shots during the season, a total that was fourth in NJCAA, and his 56 steals were 69th-best in the country.
He helped Georgia Highlands to a 32-2 overall record and a 15-1 record in the GCAA. The team was the District XIII Region 17 champion, closing the regular season with a 32-1 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NJCAA National Championship.
Davenport joins a group of Tiger players and signees including:
Kareem Brewton, a 6-3 guard from East Florida State College was named a NJCAA First Team All-American after the 2016-17 season. Brewton scored 718 points last season – third-most in the NJCAA, and was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year. He is ranked as the No. 22 player in the JUCOrecruiting.com top-100.
Jamal Johnson, a 6-4 guard from Spain Park High School is rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com. He was one of just three finalists for the Alabama Player of the Year and was named First Team All-State after averaging 24.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game.
David Nickelberry, a 6-7 guard/forward from Windermere Prep, was named the Class 5A District 11 Player of the Year. He averaged 15.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game and helped the team to a district championship for the second-consecutive season.
Victor Enoh, a 6-8 forward from Greenforest Christian Academy, helped lead his team to the Georgia High School State Championship after earning all-conference honors. He averaged 9.7 rebounds and a blocked shot per game for the state championship squad.
Karim Sameh Azab, a 6-11 forward from Giza, Egypt, was a member of the FIBA Africa Under-18 Gold Medal-winning Egyptian National Team. His most successful game of the tournament came against Tunisia where he scored 18 points with 11 rebounds.
Jimario Rivers, a 6-8 guard/forward from Clarksville, Tennessee, started 19 games for the Tigers last season and averaged 6.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He scored a season-high 16 points against UConn on January 5, and had a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double against USF on January 14.
Jeremiah Martin, a 6-2 guard from Memphis, Tennessee, played and started all 32 games for the Tigers, averaging 10.3 points and a team-best 142 assists. His 58 steals were second-most in the American Athletic Conference last season. He scored in double-figures in each of his last six games of the season, including a 23-point, 11-assist game at Cincinnati on February 23.