"This is a lifelong dream of mine," Davis said.
GLEN DAVIS PRESS CONFERENCE
March 20, 2007
"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."
"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
HEAD COACH JOHN BRADY
"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
"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