Full Name: David Messiah Capers
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 215
Birthdate: April 4, 1976 (Manhattan, NY)
High School: St. Peter’s HS (New Brunswick, NJ)
College: St. Bonaventure
Played for the Saskatchewan Hawks of the IBA in 2000-01, averaging 11.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 40 games. Also appeared with the Long Island Surf of the USBL in 2001, averaging 11.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 15 games. Participated in Shaw’s Pro Summer League in 2000 with the New Jersey Nets.
Finished collegiate career as the 34th all-time leading scorer in St. Bonaventure history with 972 points. Holds the school record for career games played with 126. A two-year starter who was co-captain as a senior of a team that advanced to St. Bonaventure’s first NCAA Tournament since 1978.
As a senior, averaged 10.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. Started all 31 games. Finished third on the team in scoring and led the squad in three-point shooting. Led or shared the team lead in scoring five times, with a high of 18 points against Fordham on Feb. 6. Scored 16 points against Xavier in the first round of the A-10 Tournament on Mar. 9.
As a junior, averaged 11.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists. Started all 29 games. Led team in scoring eight times. Recorded only double-double of the season with season-highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds at Southern Cal on Nov. 30. Registered 18 points against Dayton in the A-10 Tournament on Mar. 3. Scored 17 points, pulled down seven rebounds, dished out five assists, and blocked four shots against Rider on Nov. 27.
As a sophomore, averaged 5.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 16.2 minutes a game. Started four times. Led team in three-point shooting percentage. Scored in double figures in nine games. Set season-high with 16 points against Vanderbilt in the opening round of the NIT on Mar. 11. Scored 13 points against Duquesne on Feb. 14.
As a redshirt freshman, averaged 3.6 points and 1.8 rebounds in 12.2 minutes a game. Started four times. Scored season-high 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Morgan State on Dec. 11. Also scored 10 points against Colgate on Feb. 17.
As a freshman, averaged 4.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in six games. Started four games before breaking his wrist against Rice on Dec. 23. Was granted a medical redshirt.