Davis could be difference-maker for UofL

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Anthony Davis, one of the nation's Top 10 prospects, plans to visit Louisville in June and believes he could make a big difference for the Cardinals in 2011-12.

Anthony Davis appears assured of cementing his status as one of America's Top 10 prospects this week in Charlottesville, Va., particularly after an impressive first day Thursday.

Davis, an athletic 6-foot-10 forward with an enormous wingspan and an exciting skill package, has risen from virtual unknown to the Top 10 this spring. A friend of Louisville commit Wayne Blackshear, Davis' father told InsideTheVille.com last month that his son planned to visit the Cardinals in June.

Thursday, InsideTheVille.com asked Davis if he still planned to check out Rick Pitino's program.

"That's still in the plans, more than likely we're going to Louisville," Davis said.

That visit could happen as soon as next week.

"I'm not sure when but probably when I get back home, probably a few days after I get a break and rest we'll probably head down there," Davis said.

Louisville, according to Davis, is eager to show off the most profitable college basketball program in the nation, especially a brand new 22,000 seat downtown arena,to one of the most exciting prospects in the 2011 recruiting class.

"They can't wait to get me on campus because they guarantee I won't want to [go] to another school. They have a new facility and they say it's awesome," Davis said. "They can't wait until I get down there in June to tell me about the rest."

Davis said he hasn't spoken with Louisville coach Rick Pitino, but added that his "dad has."

"They call us once a month and my dad calls them whenever he gets a chance," Davis said. "If we want to talk to the coaches maybe we'll call them."

What does Davis like about Louisville?

"They have my major – sports medicine," Davis said. "They've got a good program and not too many people are going there. So I can make a big difference at Louisville turning the program around."

Blackshear, the No. 1 player in the state of Illinois, has been working on getting the state's No. 2 prospect to join him at Louisville.

"He said they've got the [arena] and he can't wait to play in it," Davis said. "He said he wants the number two player in the state to come follow him there. We've been cool since the seventh grade and he said he wanted me to come with him and we can send Louisville out [as a champion]."

While Louisville is clearly in the mix, several other programs have been dialing up Davis since his explosive on the national scene this spring. Has his new-found fame been overwhelming?

"Actually, yes," Davis said. "I had my list down to five and more schools kept calling so it went back up to 10 or 12 [schools]. So I've been kind of overwhelmed but at the same time I'm just having fun. I've got some good schools involved and I want to make a good decision."

Davis listed Ohio State, Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Louisville and Kentucky Thursday. Duke and UNC recently got involved and Roy Williams told him they need a big man that can stretch defenses. All those schools, besides Duke and North Carolina, have extended scholarships. Davis said Duke and UNC plan to make that decision after the July evaluation period.

"Those are the main schools I'm looking at," Davis said.

Davis remains open heading into the July evaluation period and said that no one has emerged as a leader from that group of elite programs.

"Maybe once I take a visit I can pinpoint one of them," Davis said.

Louisville will get the first opportunity to make an impression on Davis.

"First I want to look to see if they have my major because basketball might not be around forever," Davis said. "That's the main focus I'm looking at when I go visit a college."

Evan Daniels' of Scout.com's evaluation of Davis on Day One of the NBA Camp:

After a huge spring, Davis slowed down at the EYBL Los Angeles and Pangos. Now he appears to be back and healthy. Davis was active, blocking shots, grabbing boards and finishing on the break on the opening day of camp. He also mixed in a turn around 15-footer and a three-point off the catch. At nearly 6-foot-10, Davis is equipped with a massive wingspan and has the look of a major prospect.

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