Louisville inquires about 6-8 Mike Davis

The University of Louisville has inquired about 6-8 power forward Mike Davis, a teammate of Cardinals signee Derrick Caracter at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. Notre Dame coach Bill Barton said Davis has some work to do in the classroom, but could become a high-major recruiting priority this spring.

One player who could be in high demand this winter is Notre Dame Prep's Mike Davis, a native Brooklynite who previously attended both Xaverian and Banneker High Schools.

But the husky 6-8 power forward must conquer the academic obstacles in his path this year that have led to his nomadic travels the past two seasons.

After Davis left Xaverian last year, he had a brief stay at Bridgton Academy in Maine, one of Notre Dame's rivals in the New England Prep School ranks. He then resurfaced at Banneker, where he finished his senior year but failed to graduate.

Enter Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., which is now attempting to steer Davis on the right path academically toward Division I eligibility next year. That hasn't stopped a number of high major programs from recruiting Davis this fall, but Crusaders Head Coach Bill Barton doesn't want to hear any of it just yet.

"Any one that calls and inquires about Mike Davis, I refuse to listen to it," Barton said. "Mike has so much work to do academically and emotionally that I don't want to be a party to that."

Pittsburgh, the school that Davis committed to two years ago just after his sophomore campaign at Xaverian, was slated to come in and watch him practice today, Barton said. Southern California, Louisville and other high major programs have inquired.

"From what I understand, he's wide open," Barton said. "At least that's what Mike has told me."

Davis helped his stock at the recent National Prep Tip-Off Showcase, grabbing eight rebounds and swatting nine shots in a victory over a strong Hargrave Military Academy squad. Hargrave has a trio of impressive frontcourt prospects heading to schools such as Georgetown, Florida and UConn next fall.

"Mike was a pleasant surprise that weekend, because up to that point, he had only been playing five or six minutes a game," Barton said. "I don't think we beat Hargrave without him."

Davis' game is still rough around the edges offensively, but he possesses good athleticism for his bulk and isn't shy when it comes to mixing it up in the paint.

"He's a good defender who can clog up the lane," Barton said. "He rebounds it well, but his defense is clearly ahead of his offense at this stage."

Davis has time to work on his basketball skills, because ultimately, his academic resume will dictate where he winds up next fall, be it the Division I or junior college level.

"He needs to concentrate on SATs and the five classes he's enrolled in," Barton added. "And then come springtime, there will be no shortage of suitors."

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