After soaring with the Eagles, Davon Usher has risen to new heights with the Blue Hens.
The former Polk State basketball player now starts at guard for the University of Delaware Blue Hens. A 6'-6" senior from Baltimore, Usher helped the Blue Hens win the colonial Athletic Association tournament, earning them their first spot in the NCAA "March Madness" men's basketball tournament since 1999.
"Davon was a very hard worker, and we are very proud of him," says head coach Matt Furjanic.
"He had a lot of success here at Polk State and helped lead us to the 2011 Suncoast Conference Championship, the 2012 Suncoast Conference Tournament Championship, and two FCSAA Region 8 tournament appearances."
This season, his first at Delaware, Usher averaged 36 minutes, 19 points, and 6 rebounds per game.
"Polk State was definitely a good choice for me," he says. "I was glad to be part of it. Coach Furjanic gave me a great opportunity, which helped me mature as a person off the court and as a player. "
Usher says Furjanic had a big influence on him.
"Coach Furjanic always told us that if we had attitudes we'd go far in life and be successful, and that's what I've tried to do."
The Blue Hens, seeded 13th, will face No. 4 seed Michigan State tomorrow in Spokane, Wash.
'I'm excited about finally getting an opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament," says Usher. "I'm just going to try to get a win and take it one game at a time.
In Colonial Athletic Association games this season, Usher led all scorers with 21.6 points per game. He also was fifth in 3-point percentage (41.3), sixth in field-goal percentage (47.8), eighth in free-throw percentage (75.0), second in steals (1.6 per game) and 16th in rebounding (5.5). Usher's season featured a 42-point explosion in a 67-64 comeback win over the College of Charleston Feb. 5.