Theo Davis focusing on recruitment, visits

6-foot-9 Theo Davis is preparing to get serious about his recruitment and the University of Louisville figures to be a major factor in those plans.

Theo Davis moved from Toronto, where he was regarded as the top prospect north of the United States border, to New York City late last summer.

Davis, a 6-foot-9 forward, made quite an impact on the Big Apple at Cardozo High School. Davis led Coach Ron Naclerio's team to the finals of the PSAL before falling to U of L signee Sebastian Telfair and Lincoln High School.

Now, Davis is looking to relax a bit during spring break and begin to put the pieces together regarding his recruitment.

"He's taking a week to get back on track and he'll be coming home next week," Ro Russell said from Toronto on Thursday. "We'll sit down with his family and start to narrow the list."

The "list," according to Russell, is currently at 20 schools. They'll trim that in half next week and begin to contact coaches they want to invite into meet with Davis when permissible this spring. Russell also said Davis will look to make some unofficial visits in June and August.

"Louisville's a school that interests him," Russell said. "He has definite interest in them and wants to visit and speak with the coaches about how he would fit into their program and who else would be at his position."

Russell said Davis wants to take his time with the recruiting process to make sure he finds the perfect fit.

"He wants to slow the process down and doesn't want to feel rushed," Russell said. "He wants to take his time, visit some schools and get to know and speak with the coaches."

The school that ultimately lands Davis will be a program where the native of Toronto can come in and contribute right away.

"The number one factor for Theo is that he can come in and play right away at a school," Russell said. "He's not looking for a guarantee of a starting position but he wants the opportunity to earn significant minutes and be an impact player as a freshman."

Moving to the Big East Davis' freshman season also could factor in Louisville's favor.

"Absolutely, that helps," Russell said. "He would like to play where his family can come and see him play."

Davis' plans for the AAU season still aren't finalized but you bet he's about to have a big time summer.

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