New big man target for Terps

Terp Sports Report has learned that a new name has popped up on the Terps basketball recruiting radar in the form of T.C. Williams (Va.) senior Mike Davis. As always, we have the breakdown…

Davis is a 6-foot-9, 190 pound forward who has flown under the radar a bit after transferring from neighboring Hayfield prior to his senior season. He averaged 19 points, nine rebounds, 3.5 blocks and four assists per game as a senior, garnering Northern Region Player of the Year honors and leading T.C Williams to the state quarterfinals.

"He's a very good player who can control both ends of the floor," T.C. Williams coach Ivan Thomas said. "He has great touch. From 15 [feet] and in is good. He can also shoot from outside the arc."

He also has a good handle and good passing skills for his size, but he's not a big man who wants to be a guard. Davis has very good timing as a shot-blocker and uses his athleticism well around the rim. He does need to get stronger and bigger, and is working out diligently for the first time.

"He's definitely going to be able to put some on, with his frame," Thomas said.

Davis had a coming out party against Towson Catholic this season, when he put up 35 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks against 6-10 Syracuse-bound All-American Donte Green.

"He's the best big man in Northern Virginia," said Washington Examiner beat writer Brian McNally, who added that Davis compares favorably with former Hayfield/Montrose Christian standout Mike Freeman, who originally committed to USC and was the MEAC freshman of the year at Hampton this season.

Davis, who plays AAU ball for Team Stat and D.C. Assault, has offers from Auburn, South Florida and College of Charleston and is being courted by Maryland, Illinois and Kansas State. He still needs to qualify and could prep, but it's looking increasingly he'll qualify this spring, his coach said. If not, he could be a feasible 2008 prospect after a year of prep school, perhaps at South Kent Academy in Connecticut.

Davis has been to College Park for unofficial visits and enjoyed himself very much. Maryland recently jumped into the mix for Davis after watching him in the playoffs and then checking out a stellar individual workout recently.

"They were down here watching him work out and he had a tremendous workout," Thomas said. "They said they would be in touch with him, and they have been."

Davis plans to determine which schools are most serious in their pursuit of him, take another visit or two, and then make a commitment around late April, Thomas said.

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