BREAKING NEWS: Davis headed to the NBA

Very few people were surprised Tuesday morning as Glen "Big Baby" Davis announced his plans to enter the NBA Draft.

In a press conference Tuesday morning on the campus of LSU, Davis revealed his plan to forgo his senior season tossing his hat into the ring and enter the NBA Draft.

"This is a lifelong dream of mine," Davis said.

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Davis announced that he has retained an agent (John Hamilton of Performance Sports, Inc., Houston, Texas) and that he would remain in school through the end of the spring semester in May.


Here is Davis' opening statement to the media on Tuesday:



March 20, 2007




Opening statement...

"I want to start off by thanking God, because without him I wouldn't be in this situation. I want to give a special thanks to my family, Collis Temple and his family, my high school coach Ari Fisher and his family, coach (John) Brady and the entire coaching staff and all of the Tiger fans who have supported me through the three years that I have been here."


"Last year our team had great success. I was fortunate to be on one of LSU's four Final Four teams. One of my reasons for not leaving last year was my hope I could go even further this year. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Initially I did not feel ready to make the transition to the NBA, both mentally and physically. After having one of the toughest years of my career, I believe that I am now both mentally and physically ready to make the move to the next level."


"Over the last week, I have interviewed with a select group of agents and met with coach Brady to help make my decision. Today, I am formally announcing that I will be giving up my remaining year of eligibility and will sign with John Hamilton of Performance Sports Inc. for early entry into the NBA Draft. This is a life long dream of mine and one that I have given a great deal of thought to. I feel I grew a lot this season and I know in my heart that the time is right. Additionally, I feel it is critical for me to have an agent with me to prepare for the pre-draft evaluation process. The process has been moved up by the NBA to late May.  Needless to say, I am looking forward to the challenge."


"Baton Rouge is not just a place that I went to school and played basketball. It is where I was born and raised. It is where my family is and it will always be in my heart. I will forever be a Tiger. I will always think fondly of my years here. I plan on finishing this school semester. Being at LSU has molded me and changed me into the man that I am today. I believe if I went somewhere else, I would not be the man I am today. With all the adversity I have been through, I feel things happen to you for a reason. I want to give credit to everybody who has molded me into the person I am today. Particularly, coach Brady and the coaching staff who have helped me along the way. They all were a part of the reason I am ready to go."


"This is a move I want to do and ready to do. All my life I have been counted out. I have always been predicted not to succeed and have overcome those things through the grace of God. The people that I have grown up with and the city of Baton Rouge have helped me in this transition. I want to let everyone know that I appreciate what you all have done for me. Especially my teammates, I will see you in the future."   





Opening statement...


"Listening to Glen speak, I can tell how he has grown. My relationship with Glen Davis started when he was in the 7th or 8th grade and Collis Temple brought him in the locker room after a game and wanted me to meet him. Collis introduced us and since that introduction we recruited him, watched him play and watched him grow. He has had three outstanding years at LSU. He was SEC Freshman of the Year and SEC Player of the Year his sophomore year. He went through some things this year that were out of his control and limited some of the things he could do. I agree with him when he said all things happen for a reason. The good experience he had as a sophomore and this year as a junior he had some things to work through. I think the combination of those things helped prepare him for what he wants to do right now. You can't have only good things to happen to you. You have to experience some though times and know how to respond."


"I told Glen two weeks ago when we met about this ‘Regardless of where somebody may tell you where you will end up in the draft, you need to go when you heart tells you to go.' If your heart is in it, and with his ability and drive he will be successful. He felt in his heart it was time for him to go and that is the most important thing for me to know as a coach. My role during this time has been to give him information, to make myself available if he needed me and whatever decision he makes I will be behind him 110 percent. It is not my place to say what he should do. He has family for that. I wish him well and he will do well. I appreciate everything he has done for me, the team and LSU. He is another Baton Rouge young man who has come through this program and become successful. There have been many who graduated, do well on the basketball floor and turn out successful. Whether they go to the NBA or not, they still turn out successful. That is what it is all about, the ability to grow as a person and player. Whatever path they chose they will be successful."

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