University of Texas junior guard Eric Davis Jr. announced his decision to leave school on Wednesday and will turn his attention to competing at the professional level.
Davis, who named in a in a Yahoo! report regarding impermissible benefits given to players, was held from playing in the last month of games for the Longhorns.
He released a statement through the University, detailing his decision.
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.
My experience as a Longhorn has been everything that I could have ever hoped for. 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. I especially want to thank my teammates who I grew side-by-side with. Last but not least, I want to thank all of the UT students, alumni and fans who made this journey so amazing!
Head coach Shaka Smart thanked Davis for his contributions to the team in a statement released by the University.
Davis becomes the fourth player this season to announce his early departure from the program. Mo Bamba and Kerwin Roach will opt for the NBA Draft and Jacob Young has decided to transfer to another program. Roach has not hired an agent, which will allow him to return to school, should his draft projection be less than desirable.
He finished the season averaging 8.8 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game.