One of the players ensnared in the FBI investigation into corruption and bribery, Texas junior guard Eric Davis Jr. was held out of the team’s final six games after he was alleged to have received a payment of $1,500 from a runner for an agent. With Davis’ status for 2018-19 from an eligibility standpoint still undetermined, it was announced Wednesday that he has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility and turn pro.
Davis supplied scoring off the bench for the Longhorns prior to his being removed from competition, averaging 8.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game. Davis shot 34.8 percent from three-point range this season, and his 40 made three-pointers were third-most on the team behind Kerwin Roach II (44) and Dylan Osetkowski (42).
Against Big 12 competition Davis averaged 10.7 points per game and shot 35.8 percent from three, with his 29 made three-pointers leading the Longhorns.
With Davis moving on, Texas will have to account for the loss of at least three members of its rotation in preparing for the 2018-19 season. Mo Bamba, a projected lottery pick, has turned pro in an unsurprising move and sophomore guard Jacob Young announced his intention to transfer.
Junior guard Kerwin Roach II has also entered his name into the NBA Draft pool but has not hired an agent, which would afford him the opportunity to return to school if he chooses to do so.