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Devo Davis returning for senior season at Arkansas

by Scottie Bordelon | May 31, 2023 at 8:16 p.m.
Arkansas guard Davonte Davis (4) reacts, Saturday, March 18, 2023 during the second half of the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship Second Round game at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Visit for today's photo gallery...(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Charlie Kaijo)

DESTIN, Fla. — A staple of Arkansas basketball in recent years is returning for the 2023-24 season.

Davonte Davis announced in a social media post Wednesday that he will play his senior season with the Razorbacks. He declared for the 2023 NBA Draft earlier this spring while maintaining his college eligibility.

"He provides so much being a competitor," Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said Wednesday at the SEC Spring Meetings. "He knows the system and he can play so many positions. He can play 1-4 and he's got a ton of experience in the [SEC]. I think all those factors are important [for us]."

Wednesday was the deadline to decide if he would remain in the draft or return to school. He posted a short video to social media and said, "Time to finish what I came here to do. Let's run it back."

Davis’ return provides a bit of continuity, back-court depth and leadership to a roster that is again expected to be largely new. Musselman has five commitments from the NCAA transfer portal and a pair of freshman signees.

Forwards Trevon Brazile, Makhi Mitchell and Jalen Graham, and guard Joseph Pinion have previously stated plans to play a second season at Arkansas.

Key to each of the Razorbacks’ NCAA Tournament runs under Musselman, Davis has averaged 9.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 102 career games.

He scored a career-best 10.9 points on 41.5% shooting in 2022-23, aided by a significant jump to 34.6% from three-point range. He scored a season-high 25 points during a 72-71 victory over Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 18.

He shot 27% beyond the arc as a sophomore and was 2 of 13 (15.4%) during his freshman season. Davis made 41.5% of his 82 attempts in SEC play as a junior.

He also averaged a career-high 1.4 steals as a junior, which played a role in him landing on the All-SEC defensive team at the end of the regular season.


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