SlamFest Feature: Ed Davis (2008)

RICHMOND, Va. – Armed with an impressive skill package and an NBA gene pool, Ed Davis is experiencing the type of sophomore season that will raise his national profile. The 6-foot-8 forward is emerging as one of the top power forward prospects in his class.

His father averaged a double-double at Virginia Union his last three years. He was a journeyman player in the NBA for 12 seasons. Basketball runs in the Davis Family. Terry Davis started it and now Ed Davis is intent on continuing the tradition.

Ed is a sophomore power forward, left-handed just like dad, at Mechanicsville (Va.) Hanover High. He's averaging 22 points a game, up 10 from his freshman season. The 2008 standout hit for 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks against Landstown at SlamFest Saturday in Richmond.

The 6-foot-8 power forward isn't a huge name nationally but he's just getting started. Virginia head coach Dave Leitao was in the stands watching him on Saturday and Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg has already been by. They won't be the last high-major coaches to lay eyes on the 195-pounder.

There's a lot to like about Davis' game. He's cut from the breed of power forward that plays facing the basket ala a Chris Bosh style prospect.

"He handles the ball well for a big guy," Hanover head coach Mike Rohr said. "He's got a soft touch to 15-feet and he's gradually working his way out."

Worth mentioning is how Davis blocks shots and rebounds. He's got a knack for rejecting shots and keeping balls alive. On Saturday, he boxed out in a manner Jon Brockman would have been proud of.

As good a prospect is, Davis knows that to maximize his ability he's going to need to beef up his body. "I can shoot and drive," Davis said. "Things are going alright this season but I want to hit the weight room hard. People know they have an advantage over me because they are stronger than me (right now)."

Should his progress continue and considering his overall skills package is impressive, we could be talking about a young man who blossoms into a national Top 25 level prospect. At least that's the kind of talent he appears to have. He was good on Saturday and that wasn't the first time he's made waves was this season.

Once you factor in the genes – he says his dad was more of an inside hustler – Davis checks out well as a prospect.

"I got a little stronger and more explosive (since my freshman season)," Davis said. "When I start hitting the weights I'll be more confident."


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