After just one season with the Michigan State Spartans, Deyonta Davis is headed for the NBA Draft.
Davis, a 6-10, 240-pound forward, will declare for the draft and also sign with an agent, meaning his college playing days are over. The Muskegon native started 16 of the final 17 games of the season and averaged 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. He also set a school freshman record with 64 blocks, the second-most in program history.
Here's his statement on the situation per a release from MSUSpartans.com:
"I asked Coach Izzo and Coach Guy to do research for me. 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."
And Tom Izzo's statement:
"As a coach, my job is to help my players grow both on and off the basketball court. 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."
The 2016 NBA Draft is set for June 23 at the Barclays Center in New York.