Maryland's Brad Davis said yesterday that he was surprised to be selected in the first round of Friday's National Basketball Association draft of college players. he said he expected Ricky Green to be chosen ahead of him.

"I thought I could go in the top rounds, but I didn't know if I would go in the first round or not," Davis said yesterday, from his home in Monaca, Pa. "I was hoping I would go in the first round. I had a lot of confidence."

"I thought (Michigan's All-America guard) Ricky Green would go higher than 16th, and definitely higher than me."

A 6-foot-playmaking guard, Davis, who will pass up his senior year this fall at Maryland, applied for the NBA's hardship list in April. He was the 15th player selected in the draft and Los Angeles' second choice after taking Kenny Carr.

Davis expects to go to Los Angeles this week to sign a contract. He said he has talked with Laker coach Jerry West once but that his contract negotiations were being handled by his brother, Mickey, a former NBA player. Davis said he wanted a contract with "a little bit of security."

Davis, who averaged 12.4 points and had 132 assists last season, applied for the hardship list with a mixed attitude.

"I really didn't think I was going to leave it on," he said. "But the more I thought about it, and from talking it over with my family, I decided to leave it on.

"I would have loved to come back to Maryland but I want to play in the NBA. I just thought it was time for me to play in the NBA. I had three years at Maryland that I really enjoyed."

Davis said he needs to improve his defense most in preparing for NBA competition. He also plans to concentrate on ball-handling, passing and shooting.

Davis added that he definitely would like to get his degree and that he may begin taking courses again next summer. He said he would like to go into high school coaching after his professional carreer.