Tar Heels Offer Texas Post Player

After making significant strides from his sophomore to junior season, Grand Prairie power forward Bryan Davis is a popular prospect. You won't believe the list of head coaches who came to watch him this season.

Bryan Davis, the 6-foot-9 big man out of Grand Prairie (Texas) High, is currently rated the No. 28 prospect in America by Scout.com. His 2004-05 season justified his ranking, especially when you consider that Davis doubled his scoring output from 8 points to 16 as a junior and for the second year in a row was the area's leading rebounder with 12 per game.

But, don't just take our word for it that he's a good player; just take a gander at the list of head coaches who have personally laid eyes on him this year. Rick Barnes, Roy Williams, Billy Gillispie, Lute Olson, Jim Calhoun, Bruce Weber and Bill Self have seen him up close and personal.

He said last week alone he received offers from Kansas, Connecticut, Texas A&M and North Carolina (assistant coach Joe Holladay informed him of the offer). Texas wants him, too, and Arizona and Illinois are on the list. Davis' uncle, Barry, is a member of the athletic hall of fame at Texas A&M and he's also his high school coach so you know the Aggies will be a player.

Davis played second fiddle on the AAU circuit last year to guys like C.J. Miles and Kevin Rogers but this season it'll be he and Darrell Arthur leading the way for Team Texas.

Davis is more than ready to make it happen and has advanced his game in a number of areas.

"Experience, confidence and I've worked on my skills a lot," Davis said.

One skill that was pretty polished prior to his junior season was his shot blocking. He's not going to chase you down ala Amare Stoudemire, but he stands his ground and blocks them like Shelden Williams.

"He can change the game in terms of blocking shots on that end," one Division I assistant said.

"Defense is more of a strength," Davis said. "I used my defense to make up what I couldn't do on offense last year. I'm better on offense this year. I worked on it more."

Every spring a guy from the state of Texas seems to emerge and raise his game another level. Davis is a strong candidate to move way up the charts.

"I'm working at it," he said. "I hope I am that guy."

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