Here's another former high schooler starting out strong in college play (hat tip to Brian Nelson for sending this along):
"Not sure if you are familiar with this kid. He was the HAAL leading scorer and Co-MVP following his junior year at Hayward High. The kid can has game he was selected to participate in the Reebok all american game in Philly but had to attend summer school to work on his eligibility. He had interest from a handful of D-1 schools but there was some concerns about his eligibility. He ended up going to D-2 Cal State Monterey Bay and the school is happy to have him. Monterey's coach is saying he is the most exciting freshman to ever come through their program and that he has a chance at winning freshman of the year. Berry started his career off by scoring 18 points off the bench against D-1 Pacific, leading all scorers. He followed that performance by dropping 11 against D-1 USF. There is buzz about what this kid will do in his conference play. As a former Hayward High Alum I thought this kid deserved a shout out."Here's Berry's information via the school athletics site:
#5 - Davion Berry Position: Guard Height: 6-3 Class: Freshman Hometown: Oakland, CA High School: Hayward High Previous College: Major: Business High School: Named team MVP…All-League first team selection…led Hayward High to a 21-9 record senior year…played AAU for the Oakland Rebels. Personal: Son of Nicole Nelson…has an older brother, Kevin and a younger sister, Kamara…majoring in Business. Coach Bishop on Berry: "Might be one of the most exciting freshman to come through this program. His athleticism and understanding of the game make him an extremely fun player to watch. He could possibly challenge for freshman of the year if he can pick up the system quickly."About the opener against Pacific:
Otters Drop Exhibition Opener To Pacific CSUMB falls 89-52 to the Tigers 11/1/2009 November 1, 2009 STOCKTON, Calif. – Freshman Davion Berry led the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters with 18 points in their first exhibition game of the season, as the men's basketball team fell to the NCAA Division I Pacific Tigers, 89-52, on Sunday at the Alex G. Spanos Center in front of a crowd of 2,712. “We learned tonight that we have a long way to go to get where we need to be,” said head coach Rob Bishop. “Hats off to UOP whose bigs dominated us on the glass which was the biggest difference in the game.” Senior Jamelle Tolliver contributed nine points, with junior Warren Freeman adding eight points. Junior Ian Hosford and freshman James Albert joins Tolliver and Freeman with four rebounds on the night. Freshman Brandon Ward recorded seven points while dishing out five assists. Berry shot fifty percent (8-for-16) from the field with two baskets from behind the three-point line...