Davis Talks to Roy Williams

CHICAGO --- The UNC coaching staff wants to land a big man in the 2015 recruiting class and 6-10 center Tyler Davis is moving up the staff’s watch list.

“I’ve talked to Coach (Hubert) Davis and Coach (Roy) Williams in the past month,” said Davis. “I don’t think they had really seen me much before Peach Jam, but I know they watched my team play there and have been in contact afterwards. Coach Davis, that’s the guy I talk to the most. They said they want to come watch me workout in the fall.”

Tyler Davis stepped his game up in the Peach Jam while playing for the Texas Titans as he averaged 19 points and 11.4 rebounds over the course of six games. He recorded a double-double in five of those games, including a 36-point, 13-rebound performance against Team Penny.

This past weekend, Davis continued his strong play at the Nike Global Challenge as his USA West team won the championship. Davis was bothered during the action with a foot injury and sat out the championship game with a slight knee strain but still averaged 15 points and eight rebounds, with a 19-point and 14-rebound effort in his last game.

“Individually I think I struggled a little bit,” said Davis. “I have a foot injury right now, so I’m not as explosive. I’m not blocking shots or rebounding as well. I think I’m scoring well though. It’s a deep bone bruise. Running and jumping hurts, but the doctors said it wasn’t going to get any worse so I’ve been playing on it this week.”

Playing in the Global Challenge gave Davis a chance to play with another UNC big man target in Stephen Zimmerman. The two were usually on the court at the same time and quickly developed a strong chemistry.

“Zimmerman’s helped my game tremendously because he can spread the floor and make things easier,” said Davis.

At 270 pounds, Davis is a load to handle down low and can out muscle defenders in the paint. While he is usually bigger than his opponent, Davis proved in the Global Challenge that he could run the floor on the fast break and step outside for a 15-foot jump shot or find an open man for an assist.

“I really like it,” said Zimmerman about playing with Davis. “Tyler is huge. He is really good at clearing out space and he’s also a really good passer, which I didn’t realize before.”

Despite being forced to miss his junior season due to transfer rules when he landed at Plano West (Texas), Davis still has some big name schools after him including Kansas, which he is visiting on October 10, and Arizona, along with in-state schools Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and SMU.

“I mean, I would consider UNC, definitely, but I’ve just been focused on the court things and will talk to my parents and the people closest to me about schools after this is over,” said Davis.

“Coach Davis and Coach Williams said they like guys that are good in the classroom,” noted Davis. “They don’t like knuckleheads. Pretty much they want high character guys. They know they can get talent, but they want high character guys. To me that’s always a good thing because you know they won’t just take any guy that can just play. They want good guys on the court and they have high standards for their program and a lot of history. I think that’s a great thing.”

“I’ve watched how they’ve worked with Kennedy Meeks and I thought that was pretty good,” said Davis about Meeks’ body transformation. “The first time I ever saw him play was my freshman year at Peach Jam. To see what he looked like then and to see what he looks like now, I was really impressed. I like that a lot.”

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