Wolfpack Has First Chance To Impress Davis

Christ the King (NY) star Larry Davis is taking his first official visit to NC State this weekend. Arguably the Wolfpack's top priority, Davis is looking forward to checking out Raleigh.

"I know it's a nice school, and it would be a great place to show my offensive abilities," Larry Davis told Pack Pride. "It's my first visit, and I'm excited about it. I really like the coaches at North Carolina State, and I know the players are good because I've seen them on TV. They run a motion offense like my high school, and I'm real comfortable with that."

"They told me I'm their top priority, and they really want me," he added. "They said they want to bring in another guard with me and a big man. The other guard doesn't matter to me because they are losing two guards and competition is good anyways."

It won't be easy for the Wolfpack to secure a verbal commitment, as the 6'3 guard is one of the nation's most coveted prospects. With offers from NC State, UCONN, Florida, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, and St. John's among others, Davis has already narrowed his list to the Wolfpack, Villanova, and Pittsburgh and doesn't claim a leader. What does he like about the two other programs?

"Pitt has been on me since the beginning, and I like their coaching staff," said Davis. "I already know their players, and it's a great fit also. They run the offense through the big man, and I can play that way.

"At Villanova everybody is leaving after next year, and I'd get a chance to play early. They have a good team, and I like their coaching staff too. I have to tip my hat to Jay Wright because he's been the one recruiting me. They have a freelance system where the guards have a lot of freedom. That's how we do on my AAU team since we don't have a big man."

Davis plans on visiting Pittsburgh next weekend and following that trip with an official to Villanova. One factor that could favor the Wolfpack is that his entire family will be visiting NC State this weekend. His parents and both younger brothers are flying down to Raleigh, and Davis admits he feels they'd like to see him at NC State.

"I think it's going to be the only visit my whole family goes on with me," said Davis. "It's the farthest away, and they want to see [North Carolina]. I think my parents like North Carolina State the best because they like how I'd get to play against teams like Duke and North Carolina in the triangle every year. Plus my good friend, Danny Green, is going to North Carolina, and he lives just ten minutes from me."

Green, a former Wolfpack target who inked with UNC last November, grew up just a few miles down the road from Davis. They are good friends and are very familiar with each other.

"It would be great to play against him," said Davis. "We play against each other like every other weekend in the backyard, so it would be almost like doing that all over again."

Davis averaged 14 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists as a junior at Christ the King High School. Recently, Davis has been tearing up the AAU circuit, particularly at the Charlie Weber tournaments held in Washington, D.C. However, it was a prestigious tournament held in New York that Davis felt he gave his best performance.

"We lost in the semifinals in the tournament down in DC last weekend," Davis said. "But a few weeks back we played in the IS8 Tournament. That's a big tournament around here, and I was co-MVP with Danny Green."

Davis was one of just two rising seniors honored on the first team, joining Green, Providence signee Geoff McDermott, junior guard Edgar Sosa, and NC State signee Brandon Costner. Davis got a chance to speak with Costner, who gave him an idea of what to expect when he visits the Wolfpack.

"Yes, I know Brandon real well," said Davis. "He was on my five-star team last year, and it would be great to play with him again.

"He told me the campus is beautiful at North Carolina State, and I'm going to love it down there."

Expect NC State to put the press on for a verbal commitment, as they are looking to take two guards in this class with several targets on the board. However, Davis will likely visit all three schools before making a decision.

"I plan on visiting all three schools before announcing my decision," said Davis. "I've promised all of them that I'll do that, and it would only be fair if I kept my word."

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