He announced his decision Friday and said, “I’ve been training hard with my teammates this spring and am looking forward to workouts where I will be able to evaluate my ability to compete at the next level.”
Davis said he will not hire an agent, retaining his college eligibility if he withdraws from the draft by the May 8 deadline.
Davis was an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection last season. He was the Big Ten’s top rebounder, averaging 9.2 per game to become the first Illini to lead the conference in rebounding in 23 years, since Ken Norman in 1987.
Davis’ total of 330 rebounds stands as the third-highest single-season performance in school history. He also was third on the team in scoring with an average of 10.7 points, scoring in double figures in 24 games.
Davis tallied 15 double-doubles on the year, ranking second in the league behind Ohio State’s Evan Turner.
Coach Bruce Weber said he would be supportive of Davis’ desires, just as he said earlier in the week when McCamey put his name into the draft pool.
“Like so many young men, Mike has the goal of playing professional basketball,” Weber said. “By going through this process, he can learn where he stands and receive valuable feedback that will help him continue to improve his game.
“We will assist him throughout this process and wish him the best of luck pursuing his dream.”
If both McCamey and Davis return, Illinois would bring back a lineup that will include three highly regarded freshmen and is ranked No 17 in the CBS preseason Top 25.
If both McCamey and Davis were to leave, Illinois would be without its leading scorer and top rebounder from the 2009-10 season.