For the second time in less than one week, a perimeter talent is leaving the Texas Longhorns basketball program.
Just days after sophomore guard Jacob Young announced his intent to transfer, junior guard Eric Davis Jr. declared that he, too, will depart from the program, and instead, will pursue a professional opportunity.
“While I looked forward to putting the unfortunate events at the end of last season behind me and continuing to pursue my goal of helping the Longhorns win an NCAA Championship, I have deliberated with my family and have decided to get an early start on my professional career,” Davis said in a statement, per a release from the school.
“My experience as a Longhorn has been everything that I could have ever hoped for,” Davis added. “I am truly grateful to be a University of Texas student-athlete, and I want to thank Coach Smart, the coaching staff and the athletic department for all of their support and assistance with my growth academically, athletically and personally.”
As a junior, Davis averaged 8.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in 26 appearances for the Longhorns. However, after Davis’ name was mentioned in a Yahoo! Sports report, alleging that Davis accepted $1,500 from ASM Sports associate Christian Dawkins, Texas withheld Davis from competition throughout the final six games of the season.
Reports indicated that Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte would not stand in the way of Davis returning to Texas, should he have chosen to do so, but that option is now off the table as Davis aims to play at the next level.
“We’re grateful for the contributions Eric has made to our program,” Texas head coach Shaka Smart said in a statement, per the school. “We wish Eric and his family the very best moving forward.”
In 92 career games at Texas including 25 starts, Davis averaged 7.7 points per game and shot 32.3 percent from the perimeter.
Along with Davis becoming the second guard to leave the program within the past week, Kerwin Roach II also declared for the 2018 NBA Draft on Tuesday, although he won’t hire an agent and thus, retains the possibility of returning to Texas for his senior season.