Christ The King junior guard Larry Davis will announce his commitment to NC State later this afternoon at a press conference at the school.
"I was surprised he decided this early, but I believe it's a great fit," Christ the King head coach Bob Oliva told Pack Pride. "Herb [Sendek] is a terrific coach, and I've known him for nearly twenty years. I think Larry made a great decision."
Davis, a 6-3, 180-pound guard from Middle Village, is a four-star prospect and the No. 73 prospect in the rising senior class according ot Scout.com.
Villanova and Pittsburgh were the other finalists, while he also considered offers from UConn, St. John's, Seton Hall, and Florida among others. He had recently narrowed his list to NC State, Villanova, and Pittsburgh and had scheduled official visits to all three schools. However, after taking his first trip to NC State this weekend, it was the only visit he needed as Davis quickly scheduled a press conference to announce his choice.
"It was great all around," Davis told Scout.com's Dave Telep. "Everything was great. The people that go to N.C. State, they're a great bunch of guys. I had a lot of fun walking around campus and seeing other players. The professors that I met were tremendous."
"I know it's a nice school, and it would be a great place to show my offensive abilities," Davis told Pack Pride prior to the trip. "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."
Davis was one of the top players in New York as a junior. He averaged 14 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists to lead Christ The King to a 24-3 final record last season. He is arguably the top returning player in New York City and will compete with Curtis Kelly (Rice HS) and Edgar Sosa (Rice HS) for top honors.
Christ The King High School is one of the best prep programs in the country, and under head coach Bob Oliva there have been several future NBA standouts play at the Queens, New York school. Former Royals stars Erick Barkley, Derrick Phelps, Speedy Claxton, Omar Cook, Jayson Williams, and Khalid Reeves all reached the NBA out of Christ The King.
Although most regard Davis as a shooting guard, he has above-average ballhandling and passing skills and is expected to be more of a combo guard in college where he can handle some point guard duties if needed.
Davis is NC State's second commitment from the class of 2006. He joins Dan Werner, a 6-foot-7 combo forward from Lincroft, New Jersey. It is believed that NC State now hopes to land another guard to complete the '06 class. Potential targets for the remaining spot include: Marques Johnson, Greivis Vasquez, Willie Walker, and Anthony Gurley.
Pack Pride will have more shortly on the Davis commitment including exclusive quotes and photos from the 5:00 p.m. press conference.