Bobby Davis – Patiently Waiting

Former USC Upstate standout men’s basketball player Bobby Davis wrapped up his first professional season playing overseas with the Matrixx Magix in Holland, turning in a strong rookie season and emerging as one of the go-to players on the team.

Davis, who was a two-year star for Upstate from 2007-09, averaged 10.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Magixx. He led the team in rebounding and was third in scoring. He shot 52.7 percent from the floor and developed his outside game while hitting 34.9 percent from behind the three-point arc on 29-of-83 shooting. He also averaged 1.7 steals and 1.2 assists per game.

Davis, who grew up in Aiken, S.C., turned in three double-doubles on the year and helped lead the Magixx into the quarterfinals of the Eredivisie playoffs before being eliminated by ZZ Leiden. The Magixx posted a 23-13 record on the year.

The process by me waiting for the past 6 months is very stressful for someone who’s been playing basketball since 2 yrs old its not fun to not be able to be on a team. I love playing basketball and for me not to be on a team right now isn’t good for me because I have a family that I have to take care of. Being a father of two little boys who looks up to me and me not being able to work is really stressful. They say good things happen for those who wait so I have just being patient as much as I can and just waiting for my opportunity to get back on the court. I believe a player with my talents should be able to play somewhere and I believe I need the right connects for me to showcase my talents.

says Bobby Davis

Davis is the sixth player to play for Upstate head coach Eddie Payne to go on and play professionally, joining Ivica Grgurovic (2004-06, Croatia), Kevin Harrington (2000-04, ABA), Charleston Long (2003-05, Australia), Luke Payne (2004-08, Australia) and Petros Tsampas (2002-04, Greece) in the pros. Davis led Upstate to its most successful season during the Division I era in 2008-09. The Spartans won nine games, including eight A-Sun contests, to post the most overall and league wins since Upstate moved to Division I in 2007. He was a second-team all-conference selection after being the only player in all of Division I basketball to lead his team in scoring (14.8 ppg), rebounding (9.2 rpg), assists (76), steals (45) and field goal percentage (52.8%).

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