Wait Over, Usher Signs National Letter of Intent
WINTER HAVEN — For Davon Usher the wait is now over. His long recruiting process finally came to an end yesterday.
While other prospects were signing, Usher spent six extra weeks in summer school completing classes to earn his associate's degree.
North Carolina Central, Western Illinois, San Jose State, Grambling State, Quinnipiac and North Carolina A&T were among the many NCAA Division I programs interested in Usher, but hesitant to offer a scholarship.
"The schools talking to me didn't really have confidence I was going earn my degree. The only school that had faith in me was Mississippi Valley, so I committed to them because they committed to me," said Usher.
Located in Itta Bena, MS, Mississippi Valley State competes in the NCAA's Division I Southwestern Athletic Conference and finished 17-1 in the conference this past season, securing a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Usher said he's excited and glad the process is over. "I don't have to worry about anything but playing basketball." Usher will be playing for first-year Head Coach Chico Potts, who was elevated from his assistant's position after former Head Coach Sean Woods took the head coaching position at Morehead State.
As a sophomore, Usher played in all 32 games for the Eagles. He averaged 8.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Usher also shot 44% (92-for-208) from the field.
Usher was recognized for his outstanding conference play during the Region 8 tournament and was named Second Team All-Suncoast Conference, All-FCSAA/Region 8 and FCSAA All-Tournament.
Usher is the fourth member of the sophomore class to sign with a Division I school. Point guard Sidney Sanders signed with Fairleigh Dickinson University, forward Robert Gilchrist signed with Florida State University and forward Jamaal James signed with Southeastern Louisiana University.
Prior to Polk, Usher played at Digital Harbor High School, where he was a Baltimore Sun First-Team All-Metro selection, who in his senior year averaged 27 points and 12 rebounds. Usher originally signed with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
After playing two years of college basketball, Usher said, "I will bring toughness, determination, leadership and a winning attitude.
Click below to see highlights from Davon's 2011-12 season for the Eagles.