Davidson Opts to Return

Jermareo Davidson has withdrawn his name from the 2005 NBA draft. The Atlanta, Ga., native will return for his junior season on the 2005-06 University of Alabama basketball team where he has been a starter for the past two seasons.

Jermareo Davidson opted out on Tuesday, the final day underclassmen were able to withdraw and retain college eligibility.

"I'm excited for him personally," said Alabama basketball coach Mark Gottfried. "I think it's the right decision. I always want what's best for our players. I think this gives him the chance to continue to develop, as he has done the past two years. It's also important to note he's on track to graduate within his four years here."

Underclassmen are allowed to test the NBA draft waters just one time, so if Davidson were to declare for the draft next year he could not change his mind and return.

Davidson has started in 60 of his 65 career games at Alabama. He was voted third team All-Southeastern Conference by the Associated Press in 2005.

He averaged 7.6 points and 7.9 rebounds for Alabama this past season and 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds as a freshman.

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