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Ole Miss’ Terence Davis withdraws name from NBA Draft

Turns out Terence Davis won’t start his professional career early.

Davis withdrew his name from the NBA Draft and will return to Ole Miss for his senior season, the school announced Thursday. Davis led the Rebels in points (13.8) and rebounds (6.2) while shooting 40.7 percent from the field last season.

Davis declared for the draft back in March but didn’t hire an agent, giving him the option to return to school. The 6-foot-4 guard worked out for a number of NBA teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks, before making his decision.

“I had a fantastic learning experience from the NBA Draft process over the last four weeks. It’s made me a better player in preparation for my future,” Davis said in a statement. “I look forward to returning for my senior year at Ole Miss in pursuit of an NCAA Tournament berth.”

Already with more than 1,000 points in his career, Davis had seven 20-point games last season, including a 30-point game at Arkansas. Davis broke out as a sophomore when he averaged 14.9 points per game and shot 48 percent from the field.

“Terence truly benefited from the NBA Draft process this spring,” Ole Miss first-year coach Kermit Davis said. “TD received very positive feedback from his multiple workouts but is now ready to return to Ole Miss and work diligently to becoming one of the very best guards in college basketball.”

The biggest area of focus for Davis is defense. Foul trouble has plagued Davis the last two seasons as he’s struggled to stay on the floor for long stretches.