By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
Radshad Davis will make his professional basketball debut in Spain with JAFEP Fundación Globalcaja La Roda of the LEB Silver League.
The LEB Silver is the third tier in the Spanish basketball league system, after the Liga ACB and LEB Oro.
La Roda opens its 26-game regular season on October 9 on the road against Real Canoe.
Davis signed to the Spanish based agency, Helping Ballers, last spring after he chose to forego his option of a final year of his NCAA eligibility at Florida International University.
In his lone season with the FIU Panthers, Davis appeared in 16 games and averaged 13.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. He shot 48 percent from the field, 34 percent from three point range and 83 percent from the free throw line. He posted three double doubles on the year. He scored a career high 28 points against Flagler in just the second game of the season and posted 10 rebounds on three different occasions.
“During my tenure at FIU, all my coaches did an excellent job of helping to mold me into the player that I am today,” Davis said after he announced his pro decision, “and now, I can undoubtedly say that I am a better player and individual because of this. It was a pleasure to be a part of such an outstanding organisation and I am forever grateful for the opportunity.”
The 6’5” wing transferred to FIU after spending two seasons with the Texas-Arlington Mavericks. Prior to UTA, he played at the JuCo level with the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzlies.
He concluded his final season with the Mavericks with averages of 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game on the season. As a junior, he averaged 8.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
He finished second on the team in field-goal percentage at 51 percent and shot 78 percent from the free-throw line.
Prior to UTA, he played at the JuCo level with the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzlies. As a sophomore, he averaged 16.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game against all opponents. He finished second in the region in both scoring and rebounding. He also received All-Region 16 first team.
Davis starred locally for the CC Sweeting Cobras when he was named Hugh Campbell MVP in his 10th grade year. He matriculated to Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas.