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Texas G Eric Davis Jr. announces he is turning pro

Posted March 28th, 2018


Eric Davis Jr. is leaving the past, and Texas basketball, behind him. The Longhorns guard announced Wednesday that he is turning pro.

“While I looked forward to putting the unfortunate events at the end of last season behind me and continuing to pursue my goal of helping the Longhorns win an NCAA Championship, I have deliberated with my family and have decided to get an early start on my professional career,” Davis said in a statement.

The 6-foot-3 junior from Saginaw, Mich., was the sixth-leading scorer for Texas until he was suspended late in the season. Davis was named in a Yahoo Sports report claiming that he received $1,500 from Christian Dawkins, an associate for sports agent Andy Miller of ASM Sports.

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He was averaging 8.8 points per game when the Yahoo Sports report came out in February, and did not play during the team’s postseason run to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

As a sophomore, Davis started 22 games and averaged 7.1 points. He earned a spot on the Big 12 Conference All-Newcomer Team as a freshman in 2015-16.

“We’re grateful for the contributions Eric has made to our program,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said. “We wish Eric and his family the very best moving forward.”

Davis did not clarify whether or not he has hired an agent. He said he remains committed to pursuing his degree from the University of Texas.

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