Title: Why Terence Davis II might be the Raptors’ next undrafted gem
Date: October 17, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Terence Davis, who was told to play football and told he wasn’t good enough for the NBA and now may be the Raptors’ next undrafted gem.
Terence Davis II watched as the names came off the board.
This was the night he’d worked toward for years. Through a dizzying number of twists, turns and tough decisions, he had played himself to the NBA’s doorstep. Gathered at a hotel in Southaven, Mississippi, with 40 of his friends, family and teammates, Davis waited to hear his name called as part of the 2019 NBA Draft.
As the draft wore on, Davis grew more anxious, idly checking his phone as players he’d played against, worked out with or been projected higher than were selected. His agent called, letting Davis know that teams were interested in selecting him in the second round but only if he was willing to sign a two-way contract. He hadn’t fought his way to this point to accept a half-measure.
He felt he was an NBA player, and if the NBA wasn’t going to let him in through the draft, he was just going to have to find another way.
First, he had to break the news to everyone at his viewing party, including his parents.
“I honestly think that’s the night I really became a man,” Davis recalls now.