Davis Set to Announce Choice

Three head coaches are anxiously awaiting the decision this week of one of the top prospects remaining in the Class of 2006, but they will have to wait for the last dance before they hear about his intentions.

Combo guard Larry Davis said he will be making his decision on where he will be playing basketball this week, but not until after his senior prom.

"I haven't decided who the favorite is yet because I'm going to make my choice on Thursday," Davis said Tuesday night. "My prom is (Wednesday) and I'm trying to just have fun these next two days. My mom told me just to relax and worry about my prom." Davis has had a lot to worry about during the recruiting process. He originally committed to play for North Carolina State and head coach Herb Sendek, but Sendek's decision to leave NC State for Arizona State reopened his recruitment. Now the 6-3, 175-pound senior guard from Christ The King Regional HS (Middle Village, NY) has narrowed his second commitment down to three choices.

"I'm only looking at Indiana, Seton Hall and NC State," said Davis. "I like Seton Hall because it's close to home, NC State was my first choice and Indiana is a great university and a good situation for me.

"I believe all my options are places where I could step in and make an instant impact. That's the reason why I picked these three schools, because I can be an incoming freshman and make an impact to the team."

Over the weekend Davis was in Bloomington to see the Indiana facilities and meet the team. He got the grand tour of the program because of the short turnaround before his expected decision.

"My trip to Indiana was great," said Davis. "The players there are easy to talk to, easy to hangout with. I played with them and I fit into the program."

Davis was not recruited by Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson while he was coaching at Oklahoma, but Sampson has made an impression on Davis in the short time he has been at the helm of the Hoosiers. Sampson may be able to lure Davis to Indiana in a combo package with a fellow New Yorker and four-star center Phil Jones, who Davis believes has already decided on Indiana.

"Coach Sampson is a great guy," said Davis. "He's easy to talk to and down to earth. Instead of a coach he seems more like a father figure. He's a family guy.

"He didn't recruit me at Oklahoma, but this time the situation is a good one for everyone. I have a friend who is going to Indiana too, Phil Jones. He'll be an incoming freshman, too."

During Davis' visit to Indiana, Sampson showed Davis everything he will need to know to play in his system from where he would fit in the offensive scheme to the importance defense will play at Indiana.

"He showed me his previous offense at Oklahoma and he showed me where I would fit in there," said Davis. "It would be a great opportunity for me to help lead that system. He also showed me how he likes his defense. He goes a lot with man-to-man and he expects his guards to pressure the ball. You have to be able to play defense to play for him."

While Sampson and Indiana may have impressed Davis over the weekend, his commitment will not be a slam dunk. Davis also visited Seton Hall last week and his commitment to NC State was his original plan.

"Seton Hall was a great trip for me, too," said Davis. "Right now I'm in a tough situation because I like all three schools. I know whichever school I pick I'm going to stay there all four years. I'm not going anywhere and transferring because the situation wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I want to know all about my choice before I make it."

Looking over all three choices is important to Davis to make sure he will not face any more surprises during his college career.

"I do want to have it done, but I also know that I need to take my time and think this over," said Davis. "The first time I went to NC State I didn't think about it because it seemed so right at that moment so I picked it. This time I'm taking time to think it over."

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