Bryan Davis, the 6-foot-9 big man out of Grand Prairie High, is currently rated the No. 28 prospect in America by Scout.com. His 2004-05 season justified his ranking, especially when you consider that Davis doubled his scoring output from 8 points to 16 as a junior and for the second year in a row lead the area in rebounding at 12 a game. But, don't just take our word for it that he's a good player; just take a gander at the list of head coaches who have personally laid eyes on him this year. Rick Barnes, Roy Williams, Billy Gillispie, Lute Olson, Jim Calhoun, Bruce Weber and Bill Self have seen him up close and personal.
Last week alone acquired offers from Kansas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Texas A&M. Texas wants him too and Arizona and Illinois are on the list. Davis' uncle Barry is a member of the athletic hall of fame at Texas A&M and he's also his high school coach so you know the Aggies will be a player.
Davis played second fiddle on the AAU circuit last year to guys like C.J. Miles and Kevin Rogers but this season it'll be he and Darrell Arthur working it out on Team Texas.
Davis is more than ready to make it happen and has advanced his game in a number of areas. "Experience, confidence and I've worked on my skills a lot," Davis said. One skill that was pretty polished prior to his junior season was his shot blocking. He's not going to chase you down ala Amare Stoudemire but he stands his ground and blocks them like Shelden Williams.
"He can change the game in terms of blocking shots on that end," one Division I assistant said.
"Defense is more of strength," Davis said. "I use my defense to make up what I couldn't do on offense last year. I'm better on offense this year. I worked on it more." Every spring a guy from the state of Texas seems to emerge and raise his game another level. Davis is a strong candidate to move way up the charts. "I'm working at it. I hope I am that guy."