Davis prepping for NBA Draft

LSU's Glen Davis finds out Thursday if all of the travels to work out for pro teams all across the country the last few weeks have paid off.

The National Basketball Association draft takes place Thursday night in New York City and Davis, who left LSU after his junior season, waits to find the team he hopes will hold his career in their future over the next several years.

Including a second workout with the 76ers on Wednesday, a team that has three first-round picks, Davis has worked out for 14 teams over the last month, hoping to catch the eye of a coach or general manager that will pull the trigger and make him the 13th LSU player since 1952 (seventh in the last 20 years) to be drafted in the first round.

Davis has again worked himself into a shape that he hopes will be the shape he can remain in throughout his NBA career and he recently remarked about that shape. "I'm a big person and I'm always going to be that way, but playing basketball is going to be my life," he said. "To be the best I can be, I need to get in the best shape of my life and stay that way. I want to play a long time and be an old man some day and tell my grandchildren and their children about Big Baby."

Last year, Davis' former teammate, Tyrus Thomas, was drafted by the Portland Trailblazers with the fourth pick of the draft and then he had to wait almost 90 minutes before an expected trade was announced that switched the second and fourth picks and sent him to the Chicago Bulls where he played his rookie season.

If Davis is a first round pick it will mark the fifth time LSU has had back-to-back first-round picks in the NBA draft (1985-Jerry Reynolds, 1986-John Williams; 1990-Chris Jackson, 1991-Stanley Roberts, 1992-Shaquille O'Neal, 1993-Geert Hammink).

Davis averaged 17.7 points per game, third in the Southeastern Conference, and led the league with a 10.4 rebounds per game mark in his junior season. As a sophomore, he was named the SEC Player of the Year as the Tigers won the SEC regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Final Four.

The draft will begin at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN and NBA-TV.

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