Former Michigan State forward Deyonta Davis only has one year of collegiate experience, but the one-and-done big man has one of the highest ceilings in this entire draft class. That upside is a big reason why Davis was selected 31st overall by the Boston Celtics during Thursday night’s NBA draft.
Davis and Rade Zagorac, the Celtics’ pick at No. 35 overall, is expected to be traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Memphis’ first-round pick in 2019, according to ESPN.
Davis averaged 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks during his lone season with the Spartans. He averaged 18.6 minutes per game and made 59.8 percent of his field goal attempts as a freshman.
The 19-year-old from Muskegon, Mich., has an abundance of potential and was regarded as a lottery pick entering the draft by multiple outlets. Davis should be a strong defender and rim protector as a rookie, but will have to develop offensively to become a well-rounded big man.
Davis is the third Big Ten player off the board in this year’s draft. Teammate Denzel Valentine was selected 14th overall by the Chicago Bulls, and Michigan’s Caris LeVert was chosen by the Indiana Pacers at No. 20.