College basketball newcomer spotlight: Houston's Corey Davis Jr.
Last weekend's final score between Houston and East Carolina was shocking – 109-58 in favor of the Cougars – and the halftime score was even more so, 62-13. It was an offensive onslaught from Houston, which enters its final two games of the regular season in third place in the American Athletic Conference and just one game out of second place.
Junior guard Corey Davis Jr., a transfer from San Jacinto Junior College, has been a big reason why the 23rd-ranked Cougars have cracked the AP Top 25 and are poised to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010. The 6-1 guard is the team's second-leading scorer at 13.1 points per game while shooting 44.6 percent on 6.6 3-point attempts per game.
Watch this week's Newcomer Spotlight video, featuring Davis:
His shooting efficiency at all levels (51 percent on twos, 78 percent at the free throw line) gives Davis the 37th highest offensive rating in the country, as of Monday night. He has started 24 games this season, including every game since the start of December. Since making the full-time move into the Cougars' starting lineup, Davis has scored in double figures in 19 of Houston's 22 games, including a career-high 20 points on three occasions. Most recently he scored 20 points on 6-for-8 3-point shooting in a win against Temple.
Davis put his diverse skill set on full display his last time out with 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds against East Carolina.