5-star PF Davis plans to visit Louisville

Anthony Davis has risen from nowhere to the Top 10 nationally this spring. The 6-foot-10 power forward from Chicago is drawing heavy interest from several big time programs, including Louisville. Davis plans to make a few visits this summer and he's going to check out the Cardinals next month.

Anthony Davis, a talented 2011 power forward who has risen from unknown to Top 10 recruit nationally this spring, is planning to visit Louisville next month.

An unknown coming into the spring AAU season, the 6-foot-10, 195-pound Davis has witnessed his stock make a meteoric rise in recent weeks. Though he didn't register on anyone's Top 100 list two months ago, Davis recently checked in at No. 9 in Scout.com's recently released 2011 Top 100.

His recruitment has also taken off and all of college basketball's heavy-hitters are lining up. Syracuse and Ohio State reportedly are in strong position with Davis. DePaul, Xavier, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana and Notre Dame have also offered.

Top 10 PF Anthony Davis plans to check out Louisville in June.
"We haven't narrowed it down yet because I'm still in the process of taking days off from work but we're probably going to [visit Louisville] in mid to late June," Anthony Davis, Sr told InsideTheVille.com.

Highly skilled for his size, Davis has made believers with an impressive offensive skill package. Davis finishes around the rim, shoots the three, excels as a passer and blocks tons of shots in the paint. Davis, who has grown eight inches since his sophomore season, averaged 30 points and 12 rebounds at Chicago (IL) Perspectives Charter as a junior.

"I've talked to Coach [Steve] Masiello and Rick Pitino and they really like his style of play," said Davis. "He's a big man that can run down the floor and shoot well from outside."

What does Davis like about Louisville?

"It's close to home," Davis said. "We followed Louisville during the tournament last year and it's a good school. They have good academics, which would benefit Anthony, and they also have a good basketball program."

Louisville holds a commitment from another Chicago standout – five-star shooting guard Wayne Blackshear. Davis and Blackshear happen to be good friends. Could Blackshear's commitment to Louisville influence Davis' decision?

"No," Davis said. "They are real close. But it doesn't play a factor."

Besides finding a good fit academically, Davis said his son is looking for a program that has a home away from home feel to it.

"We're actually looking for a good family-type atmosphere with the school and coaches," Davis said. "How well the coaches interact with the players on and off the court. This will be his first time away from home so we're looking for a family oriented program."

Though Davis plans to visit Louisville and a few other schools that Davis declined to identify this summer, the five-star prospect isn't thinking about a decision yet.

"We're trying to make sure we choose the correct school. Nothing is going to happen overnight," Davis said. "We're not going to give the [visit] list out yet but we are going to look at some other schools."

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