Freshman forward Deyonta Davis will forego his remaining three years of eligibility at Michigan State and declare for the NBA draft, according to Michigan State athletics.
Davis reportedly will also hire an agent, which means he will not be able to return to Michigan State.
Davis averaged 7.5 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game. His minutes increased as the season went on, and found himself a regular in the starting lineup.
Coach Tom Izzo commentated on Davis’ decision to leave.
“As a coach, my job is to help my players grow both on and off the basketball court,” Izzo said in a press release. “Over the last year, Deyonta has improved as a player, as he is just starting to tap his true potential. Off the court, there is no question that he has grown by leaps and bounds as he matures as a young man. I’ve been fortunate to live my dreams, but the real thrill as a coach is getting to see my players live their dreams. I look forward to following Deyonta’s development and career in the NBA for years to come.”
Davis also spoke on his leave for the association.
“I asked Coach Izzo and Coach Guy to do research for me. The information that came back made me decide to enter the draft,” Davis said in a press release. “It was a tough decision, but after talking to my family and coaches, I felt it was the right decision and one I’m fully committed to. I’d like to thank all of the people that helped me this year – my teammates and coaches, the academic support staff and especially the fans that welcomed me with open arms. Because of their help, I’m in position to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing in the NBA. This has been a great year for me at Michigan State – including a memorable trip to Italy, being a part of the best start in school history and winning the Big Ten Tournament. I will always be a Spartan and look forward to coming back to campus like so many other pros do now.”
According to Sports Illustrated, Davis is projected to go No. 14 in the draft.