Davis averaged 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds this past season while starting 16 of the Spartans final 17 games of the season. He also posted 64 blocks setting a Spartans freshman record.
Davis does plans to sign with an agent and is projected to be a high draft selection when the draft is held on June 23rd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In a release from MSU, Tom Izzo and Davis had the following to say.
“As a coach, my job is to help my players grow both on and off the basketball court,” said Izzo. “Over the last year, Deyonta has improved as a player, as he is just starting to tap his true potential. Off the court, there is no question that he has grown by leaps and bounds as he matures as a young man. I’ve been fortunate to live my dreams, but the real thrill as a coach is getting to see my players live their dreams. I look forward to following Deyonta’s development and career in the NBA for years to come.”
Davis stressed that he looked for guidance before making this life changing decision.
“I asked Coach Izzo and Coach (Keith) Guy to do research for me,’ explained Davis. “The information that came back made me decide to enter the draft. It was a tough decision, but after talking to my family and coaches, I felt it was the right decision and one I’m fully committed to. I’d like to thank all of the people that helped me this year – my teammates and coaches, the academic support staff and especially the fans that welcomed me with open arms. Because of their help, I’m in position to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing in the NBA. This has been a great year for me at Michigan State – including a memorable trip to Italy, being a part of the best start in school history and winning the Big Ten Tournament. I will always be a Spartan and look forward to coming back to campus like so many other pros do now.”