Ex-Wildcat Davison aims to help overseas players

2013-09-13T16:24:00Z 2013-09-13T17:31:45Z Ex-Wildcat Davison aims to help overseas playersBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 13, 2013 4:24 pm  • 

After his professional basketball career ended in 2010, Arizona Wildcats forward Bennett Davison had few complaints.

"I had 12 years to travel the world and was paid to put the ball in the hole," he said.

Except that, while Davison was able to consistently sign six-figure contracts, not all that money made it into his bank account.

"I was owed $120,000 over 12 years and I'll never see any of it," Davison said.

Davison said it's still an all-too-common problem that teams promise salary or bonuses to players but don't deliver it all. He said he had problems all over, including Turkey and Croatia.

So now, Davison has started a website, eurohooplife.com, that is intended to educate current international players and collect information about payments gone bad. Davison said his hope is that publicity about the problem may put pressure on FIBA to better regulate payments to players.

Davison said he's also hoping the website can eventually share all sorts of information for expat players.


Primarily busy as a marketing rep for a solar energy outfit, Davison is scheduled to be among those on hand for a charity event showing the 1997 championship game on Sept. 27 at the Fox Theatre. Most of the 1997 team is also expected to be on hand.

Michael Finkelstein, chief development officer for the Primavera Foundation, says he's a die-hard fan who found watching the game once served a healing purpose for Arizona's 2005 Elite Eight meltdown

"I don't usually get too bummed out but that was pretty tough," Finkelstein said of the game, in which UA gave up a 15-point lead with four minutes to go.

Now the game will be shown in a fundraiser to benefit the Primavera and the Blair Charity Group. Finkelstein said net proceeds will be shared equally between the charities. Tickets are $25.


On the eve of his visit to Arizona, Cliff Alexander tweeted that he's headed to Illinois for an official visit on Oct. 26.

Also, ICYMI, we had a look at UA's big recruiting weekend with Alexander and Stanley Johnson in town.


After losing recruiting battles for guards Josh Perkins (Gonzaga), Jordan McLaughlin (USC) and Quentin Snider (Illinois), UCLA pulled in Isaac Hamilton, who made a messy escape of his letter-of-intent to UTEP.


Chase Jeter, another UA target from Las Vegas, got the same mass mailing treatment from the Rebels that buddy Stephen Zimmerman did.


OSU's Craig Robinson is hoping to replace some scoring punch with his new commitments.

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