BW: Bryan Davis Spotlight

HAMPTON, Va. --- After a forgettable early morning performance, Bryan Davis rebounded – literally. His late-night showing displayed the skill and potential that has earned him scholarship offers from such schools as North Carolina.

In the morning game, a 9:30 a.m. tip, Davis had a big block on the first possession and then picked up two fouls in two minutes and didn't return until the second half. In total he was on the floor for less than five minutes for Team Texas, totaling two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 FT), three rebounds, three steals and two blocks against Team Florida.

Twelve hours later produced a far different result.

Davis was active and aggressive on both ends against The Family. He was a force in the paint and even in the open floor, where he picked off a few passes. His evening stat line read: 15 points (4-8 FG, 7-8 FT), 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals.

He's got a clear knack for shotblocking and knows how to use his 6-9, 230-pound frame to crash the boards. However, on offense he is still quite raw – improved from last year, but there is still a ways to go.

"I've gotten a little better offensively, but I need to work on it a lot more," Davis said.

Team Texas coach Jazz Hartwell said Davis' work ethic has been the key to his continued development.

"He's a hard worker, he never takes a play off," Hartwell said. "He gives you his all. I just remember when he first came in during the eighth or ninth grade, he was as raw as possible. He could hardly do anything. The work ethic [instilled] by his coach and his uncle have got him where he is supposed to be right now."

When Davis joined Team Texas he was not only raw, but heavy as well, and it earned him a nickname that sticks to this day.

"They call me Shaq – when I first came in I was real big and have since lost a whole lot of weight."

College coaches have been flocking to Grand Prairie, Texas to check out Davis and try to work their way into his recruitment, but Davis said he has four favorites.

"It's kind of wide open, but North Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M and Kansas are at the top," Davis said. "I've got a bigger list, but those are my top schools right now."

"All four of them offered. Those are schools I've always been interested in and I talk to a lot of them a lot."

North Carolina actually offered him twice.

"Coach [Joe] Holladay offered and then Coach Williams did too when he came down," he said. "Matter of fact I was at lunch one day and they came and got me out of lunch and told me Roy Williams was there."

Davis actually talked to Holladay during the NCAA Tournament, which the junior post player watched closely.

"I like the way UNC used Sean May in the Tournament, went inside-out and they go low a lot," he said.

As for a player in the NCAA Tournament he'd like to model his game after?

"Marvin Williams of North Carolina," Davis responded.

However, his game appears headed more in the direction of true post player and defensive presence, rather than a versatile forward like Marvin Williams. Regardless, he's got high-major offers and will take school visits later this year.

"I'll be taking some, but I don't know exactly when," Davis said. "Not until after May 7 when I take the SAT."

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