Cameron Crocheron | Staff Writer
Hampton University men’s basketball shooting guard Davion Warren officially committed to the University of Memphis on April 3 after entering the transfer portal at the end of the 2020-21 season.
“100% committed” is what Warren wrote on his Instagram page with a picture of him and Memphis men’s basketball coach Penny Hardaway.
Warren chose Memphis after drawing interest from a few other high-major Division I schools, including Texas A&M, Arkansas and North Carolina State.
“Memphis is a school that likes big guards, and with my size and skill set, I feel like I fit in perfectly,” Warren said to 24/7 Sports.
Warren finished the 2020-2021 season averaging 21 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3 assists while shooting better than 45 percent from the field in 25 games for the Pirates. The 6-foot-6 guard was named first-team all-conference and led the Big South in points and steals per game.
With Warren coming in, Memphis now has some stability at the guard position as former 5-star guard Boogie Ellis and junior guard Damion Baugh have both entered the transfer portal.
Warren also will provide Memphis with immediate offensive production after the team ranked 184th in the NCAA in offensive team efficiency last season, according to the Team Rankings’ website.
“I love being able to go get a bucket and then go on the other end of the floor and get a steal or a stop,” Warren told 24/7 sports.
Warren joined the Pirates in 2019, averaging just over 10 points per game throughout the season, taking a backseat role to Jermaine Marrow and Benjamin Stanley, who both averaged over 20 points per game. With Marrow graduating and Stanley leaving Hampton for Xavier in 2020, Warren saw higher offensive production with more opportunities to display his game during the 2020-21 season.
“I think it became an opportunity [to score],” Hampton University coach Buck Joyner Jr. said to HBCU Gameday about Warren’s second-year leap. “Last year we felt like we had a good player in Davion, but he had to kind of accept his role and do the things that he needed to do to help us win ball games.”
This is the second year in a row that Hampton has lost a 20-plus point per game scorer to the transfer portal and a high-major basketball program. Stanley committed to Xavier over the likes of Illinois, Dayton and Oregon.