Davis Enters NBA Draft

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — University of North Carolina sophomore forward Ed Davis is entering the 2010 NBA Draft. Davis was Carolina's second-leading scorer, top rebounder and shot blocker this season. He missed the last 13 games due to a broken left wrist.

"I've had two great years at North Carolina both as a player and a student and now I want to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA," says Davis. "I love being a Tar Heel and am proud to know that I will always be part of this unique family. I want to thank Coach Williams for giving me the opportunity to play for Carolina. My coaches and teammates have helped me develop as a player and a person and I will miss helping them get the Tar Heel program back on top.

"Winning the national championship my first year is a special memory that will last a lifetime. I will continue to work on my degree, something I have promised my parents I would do. Even though I am giving up my final two years of eligibility, I will continue to pursue my family's dream of earning my college degree.

"I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the student body here and I want to thank the students and all the Carolina fans for their support. Right now I want to finish the school year in good shape academically and get ready for the next step in my basketball career. Finally, my family and I again want to thank Coach Williams for giving me the opportunity to play for the Tar Heels and create so many great memories."

Davis was leading the ACC in field goal percentage (.578) and blocked shots, was second in rebounding and 15th in scoring when he broke his wrist on February 10th in the second half of the home game against Duke. He finished the season playing in 23 games (he also missed a game with a sprained ankle in January), averaging 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He blocked 64 shots (2.8 per game).

The Richmond, Va., native scored in double figures 17 times with a career-high 22 against Michigan State. He had 10 double-doubles and grabbed 15 or more rebounds four times with a career-high 16 at College of Charleston and at Maryland. He blocked a career-high tying six shots against Duke.

"Ed is a wonderful young man who I am proud to have coached," says Roy Williams. "He was having a very productive season before suffering a broken wrist. He helped us win a national championship as a freshman and his injuries this past year were certainly an obstacle in us returning to the NCAA Tournament. We wish him great success and look forward to supporting him and following his professional career."

Davis became the third-fastest Tar Heel to block 100 shots, reaching the century mark in his 51st game. Only Rasheed Wallace (47th game) and Sam Perkins (50th game) reached 100 in fewer games. In two seasons, he scored 562 points (9.2), had 470 rebounds (7.7) and blocked 129 shots. He had 11 points and eight rebounds against Michigan State in the 2009 national championship game.

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