How much is Brad Davis worth as a pro basketball player?That's something Maryland's playmaking guard hopes to find out in the next month.
Davis put his name on the NBA hardship list this week "to test the financial water," he said yesterday. "You think about what you are worth but you really don't know. No one does until they listen to some offers. I'm curious to find out."
The pro draft is shceduled for June 10 and Davis, to stay eligible for next season, would have to withdraw his name from consideration by June 9. If he doesn't, he would be ineligible even if not drafted.
So Davis will sit by his telephone and wait for teams to bid for his services. Even coach Lefty Driesell, who has told Davisis he will be worth more if he plays out his senior year next season, has offered assistance.
"Coach has said he'll give me some help," said Davis. "When I told him what I wanted to do, he told me how he thought and all that. Maybe if I wait a year and graduate with my own class and compete against guys of my own age, it would be smarter. That's what I have to find out.
"I'd love to play for the University of Maryland next year. I like the program and it would be nice to come back. And I will, if this doesn't work out."
Driesell obviously would like to hang onto his playmaker for another year. He already has lost one guard. Brian Magid, who has transferred to George Washington, and he could lose James Tillman, who quit the team at one point last season before returning for the final month.
Davis has been a starter for Maryland since his freshman year. In his first season, he average 12.6 points and 4.6 assists per game while shooting 58 per cent from the field. He was selected to the all-conference second team. His figures as a sophomore were 11.65 points and 5.9 assists with a 51 per cent accuracy mark.
As a high schooler, he averaged 27 points per game in his senior year and was named to the all-state team in his final two years at Monaca (Pa.).
He is also an outstanding baseball player, selected by the Pittsburgh pirates in the 1974 spring draft.
Davis said his own performance last season, when he averaged 12 points a game, "really isn't a factor in this pro thing.
"There are a lot of shooting guards in the pros," he said, "but I'm a ball-handling guard. I think they're looking for people to get the shooters the ball, and that's where I come in."