Monday , Apr , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

LSU stars separate: Thomas to NBA, Davis returns

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) – LSU will not have its entire stellar front
line back next season, as forward Tyrus Thomas has decided to enter the NBA
Draft. However, fellow forward Glen Davis will return for his junior year.

The two big men led LSU to its first Final Four in 20 years this past season
and on Monday made their intentions for next season known at a news conference
in Baton Rouge.

“Tyrus is going to be successful, there’s no question in my mind. Glen Davis
is going to be successful, there’s no doubt in my mind,” said LSU head coach
John Brady. “I think the statement that’s made here and what continues to be
made here is that players we’ve had here in the past, the players that are
here now and the players that are going to come here, the statement is made
that the players who come to LSU and play basketball do get better and they

Thomas, a redshirt freshman in 2005-06, vaulted into the national limelight
during the NCAA Tournament. He especially made a name for himself in LSU’s
upset of Duke in the Atlanta regional semifinals, posting nine points, 13
rebounds and five blocked shots in a 62-54 upset.

In 32 games, including 21 starts, last season, Thomas averaged 12.3 points and
9.2 rebounds while leading the team with 99 blocked shots.

Thomas has hired an agent and will not be eligible to return next season.

Davis, nicknamed Big Baby, led the Tigers in scoring and rebounding with
averages of 18.6 points and 9.7 boards in starting all 36 games.

“Just to be around this great group of people, I have grown up a lot, thought
things out and have prayed about it,” said Davis. “I have come to the
conclusion that I am not finished yet. There are a lot of things I want to
accomplish not only as a player but as a person.”