By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
National team forward Bennet Davis has announced that he will retire from professional basketball after an 11-year career which spanned 10 countries across the globe.
Davis, 34, took to social media to thank his loyal group of friends, family members and supporters that have aided the development of his career.
“Eleven years pro and 16 plus years of blood, sweat and tears. It’s been a journey full of ups, downs and fun all rolled into one. I’ve been blessed to represent my country ‘The Bahamas’ and play all over the world providing for my family through basketball,” he said in a Facebook post. “Unfortunately, the accumulation of small injuries has finally taken its toll; so at the age of 34 years young I bow out gracefully.”
Davis spent the 2017 season with MAFC Budapest of the Hungarian Basketball League, the highest level league of basketball in the country and his second stint in Hungary. He averaged 14 points and 7.9 rebounds per game through 16 contests.
In 2016, the 6’9” forward played for a pair of French clubs. His latest stop was as a member of SAP Vaucluse in the French NM1 league.
Earlier in the season, he also played for Saint Chamond in French Pro B league. The 2015 season was his first in France and Davis helped his Union Basket Chartes Metropole club to a playoff berth and averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
Davis spent parts of the 2014 season with three clubs, Kaposvari KK of the Hungarian NBIA (19 games), KK Zadar of the Croatian A-1 Liga (4 games), and GreenTops Netanya of the Israeli Premier League (11 games).
For the year he averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He had his most productive stint with Kaposvari where he averaged 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
In the 2012-13 season, Davis suited up for Marso NYKK in Hungary where he averaged 16.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
He has also played professionally in Finland (KTP), Japan (Niigata Albirex), Spain (Palencia), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Mexico and most notably, with the Utah Flash of the NBA’s Developmental League.
Davis briefly flirted with an NBA contract when he was called up by the New Jersey Nets prior to the 2009-10 season. He appeared in a single preseason game, totalled a single rebound in just four minutes of action against the New York Knicks.
His most notable D-League achievement came when he was named to the NBA D-League’s Select team which competed against some of the league’s best rookies and young talent at the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League.
After graduating on the University of Northeastern in 2007 where he averaged 15 points, 6.6 rebounds 2.2 assists and 2.1 blocks per game, he began his professional career with Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan in Israel where he averaged 7.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
He was drafted by the Flash in 2008 and in his initial season with the team, he started just 14 games and averaged 6.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.
In his sophomore campaign, he doubled productivity in both areas with averages of 13.7 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 41 per cent from the field.
A Grand Bahama native, Davis has been a member of several senior national teams including the 2012 and 2014 Centrobasket teams and the gold medal winning Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships team.