The list of Bahamian professional basketball players just keeps growing.
The latest to join the professional ranks is Radshad Davis who officially signed with the JAFEP Fundación Globalcaja La Roda in La Roda, Albacete, Spain, yesterday.
La Roda, as the team is known as, plays in the Liga Española de Baloncesto (LEB) Silver League, the third highest league in Spain.
The club finished fifth last season in the league’s East Division, sporting a winning record of 14-12. With the addition of the Bahamian, they will look to finish higher, hopefully for them into the LEB Gold League.
Davis recently finished his redshirt senior year for the Florida International University (FIU) Panthers before deciding to play professionally. The Panthers play in Conference USA in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I.
Davis averaged 13.1 points per game on 47.9 percent shooting during the 2020-21 season. He led the Panthers with 6.4 rebounds per outing and shot 34.1 percent from three-point territory. Davis posted a squad-best three double-doubles and scored a season-high 28 points during the team’s victory against Flagler College in November. In that game he made seven shots from deep.
The team had a rough season with Davis missing some games. They finished with a 9-17 overall record and were 2-15 in conference play. After starting the season on a four-game winning streak, they ended it on a seven-game losing streak. They were 7-8 at home but 2-9 on the road.
Right after finishing the season, Davis was selected to participated in the 2021 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship which took place back in April.
Davis transferred from the University of Texas at Arlington, playing for Mavericks, to FIU for the 2020-2021 season. He spent the previous two seasons playing for the Mavericks. He concluded his final season for the Mavs averaging 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He ranked second on the team in rebounding but led them with 2.3 offensive boards per game.
The Bahamian started his collegiate career in 2016 in the junior college ranks at Missouri State University-West Plains after graduating from Sunrise Christian Academy. The forward averaged 12.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in the first five games before suffering a season-ending injury in the first season in college.
He returned the next year and averaged 16.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Davis was second in both scoring and rebounding in the region that year. He led the team to a 25-9 record and helped them to secure the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XVI title.
It has been a long journey for the 6’4” player but he has shown that he is a hard worker and is looking forward to continuing to improve.