North Carolina forward Ed Davis has not yet decided whether to turn pro after this season, his father says.
It just looked that way for a few minutes on Thursday morning.
The injured sophomore's biography was briefly posted on PTA Sports Management's Web site, making it appear as if he was ready to give up his remaining eligibility for the NBA. But Vincent Porter, founder of the Chicago-based agency, said Davis has not signed, or verbally committed, to representation - although Porter has been in touch with the Davis family.
"I don't even know if he's going to go pro ... this injury has opened up all possibilities," Porter said in a phone interview.
Davis, a 6-foot-10 starter from Richmond, Va., had been projected as an early first-round draft pick before he broke his left (shooting) wrist against Duke on Feb. 10.
Porter said he believes someone hacked his site, www.ptasportsmanagement.com, and added information that looked as if it had been cut and pasted from the UNC media guide - such as where Davis played in high school, his high school statistics and his family information. Davis' picture had not been added to the site, and the information looked different from what was listed for other clients.
All information about Davis had been stripped from the site by 10:10 a.m.
Davis' father, Terry, said his son "hasn't committed to nobody verbally or in writing ... and as far as the Web site, we don't know what's going on." Agents, he said, have been trying to contact family members since last year, when Ed started moving up the mock draft charts, "but I've been trying to avoid them as much as possible."
He said that Ed Davis, a defensive standout who was averaging 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds before he broke a bone in his wrist, remains focused on Carolina basketball and hasn't made any decisions.
"We feel like with the injury, that's something that has set him back as far as any plans to go to the NBA," said Terry Davis, a former NBA player. "... With him not being able to shoot, it's a six to eight week thing [as far as healing], there's no telling if he would be able to work out or anything [for NBA teams] this summer. ... We're just going to wait and see how it goes, but right now, we're not even talking about the NBA."
Underclassmen have until April 25 to declare for the NBA Draft, and beginning this season they have a shorter window than in past years - until May 8 - to withdraw.
Ed Davis has not spoken to reporters since he was injured. But Terry Davis said his son is frustrated and saddened about his injury, especially because he feels like he could help the struggling Tar Heels (14-12, 3-8 ACC). But despite the broken wrist and UNC's disappointing season, he his son has no regrets about returning for his sophomore year: "He loves Chapel Hill, he loves his girlfriend there, he loves his teammates, his coaches. He really loves playing in college," Terry Davis said.
Porter, the agent, said he has made contact with the Davis family on several occasions. Asked who contacted who, Porter said he and the family had a mutual friend in Richmond, and "initially, they would have contacted me through that friend."
Asked when the contact was made, Porter would offer no more details. But he did say agents commonly begin contacting prospective clients' families as early as their freshman seasons to begin drumming up business.
PTA Sports Management's client list includes former Boston College player Ryan Sidney and former Michigan guard Herb Gibson, who most recently played in Europe. Porter said he now worries that the mix-up on the Web site will cause him to lose future business.
NCAA bylaws state that "an individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she ever has agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation in that sport." An athlete can also become ineligible if his or her family accepts transportation or other benefits from an agent, but the bylaws do not forbid contact between agents and families.
In an e-mail, UNC spokesman Steve Kirschner said, "We have spoken to Ed and his family, as well as the agency. All parties have confirmed that there is no agreement for representation, either orally or in writing."
Kirschner said that according to UNC's compliance office, having Davis' name appear on an agent's Web site will not affect his eligibility.