Arkansas basketball guard Devo Davis entering NCAA transfer portal

Arkansas guard Davonte Davis (4) reacts, Saturday, February 10, 2024 during the second half of a basketball game at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. (Charlie Kaijo/NWA Democrat-Gazette)

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas men’s basketball guard Davonte "Devo" Davis has entered the NCAA transfer portal. 

Davis, a four-year Razorback, has one year of eligibility remaining to use elsewhere. He also stated on social media that he explore professional options.

Davis has career lows in scoring, rebounding and field-goal attempts this season. His Arkansas tenure included two runs to the Elite Eight and another to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with Davis' performances key to the postseason success. 

The Jacksonville native averaged 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds this season. 

“Through the years of practice and hard work, my goal was always to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks,” Davis said on social media. “It was a dream come true to wear a Razorback jersey and represent my home state.”

Davis left the team for undisclosed reasons in each of the past two seasons and returned both times. Coach Eric Musselman said he always expected Davis to return this season and had him come off the bench in his first game back before starting in other contests.

He largely came off the bench in the later part of the season.

Davis is the fourth Razorback to enter the portal this offseason, following Joseph Pinion, Denijay Harris and Keyon Menifield. Arkansas’ season ended with an 80-66 loss to South Carolina at the SEC Tournament.

Musselman is thought to be planning to retool his roster in the transfer portal. The Razorbacks have six open scholarship spots to use in the portal with Davis' departure because of graduations and the other players who entered the portal.

Davis was a preseason All-SEC Second Team selection, joining Trevon Brazile as the only Arkansas players who were on the list. This season, though, didn't follow that trend.

The senior guard averaged career lows in field-goal percentage, points per game, rebounding and assists. Davis appeared in as many games as he did during his freshman season, though he did have some bright moments including some strong defensive performances after returning from his absence and filling in at the power forward position despite being a 6-4 guard.

Davis' best moments came in the NCAA Tournament runs, including a 25-point performance against top-seeded Kansas in the Round of 32.

"No matter where this journey takes me," Davis wrote, "Arkansas will always be home to my family and me."