Due to the early NBA departures of Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall, UNC’s roster for next season had been down to 10 scholarship players, three shy of the NCAA maximum of 13.
Simmons was awarded a scholarship for last season and he will remain on scholarship in 2012-13. The scholarships for Davis and Simmons have been granted on a year-to-year basis and may not be available in future years, according to the school official.
Davis (6-0, 172 pounds) transferred to North Carolina from Gardner-Webb after earning Big South Conference All-Freshman Team honors in 2010-11. The Raleigh, N.C. native started 30 of 32 games for the Bulldogs and averaged 7.2 points and 4.2 assists per game. Davis sat out the 2011-12 season at UNC due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Simmons (6-7, 205 pounds) played in 23 games as a freshman in 2011-12 and totaled 15 points and 17 rebounds. The Webster, N.C. native owns the North Carolina high school record for career rebounds with 1,554.