Terence Davis turning heads in pre-draft training camps

Published 10:55 am Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Former Ole Miss guard Terence Davis threw his hat in the NBA Draft conversation last year as a rising senior, only to come back and be a big part of the NCAA Tournament run in 2019. Now Davis has no option but to go to the draft, and he’s making some moves in the pre-draft process.

Playing these last few days at the G League Elite Camp in Chicago, Davis was undoubtedly one of the big winners of the three-day event earlier this week. An opportunity to showcase their traits in front of NBA scouts and a few potential general managers, players participated in a myriad of skill and agility drills, as well as some live, five-on-five scrimmages.

“It means everything for me to be here. I was a last-minute entry, so I’m just taking advantage of the opportunity for me to be here,” Davis said. “It’s just another opportunity to showcase my skills.

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Davis took a hold of that opportunity and ran with it. Playing 22 minutes in the second scrimmage, Davis scored a game-high 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting, adding three rebounds and three assists. No one else in the game scored over 16.

“We played in front of several NBA GMs and scouts, so like I said, it’s just another opportunity to showcase those skills,” Davis said.

Following the performance, Davis was added to the player pool for the NBA draft combine. A massive event he wasn’t previously invited to, five players from the G League Elite camp are voted into the combine by teams, Davis being one.

“Terence Davis is a guy who stood out to me,” said ESPN’s Mike Schmitz after the event. “(He’s) explosive and gets out in transition. He can make shots and he’s a hard-nosed defender when he fully buys in.”

As a senior at Ole Miss, Davis averaged 15.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists, being named to the All-SEC second team. ESPN’s NBA Draft best-available prospects list has Davis currently at No. 79. CBS Sports rankings have Davis at No. 58. In a short, two-round, 60 pick NBA Draft, every small pre-draft step forward is critical for Terence Davis.