Heels Keeping Tabs on Davila

Victor Davila's road to becoming a top basketball prospect has been different than most. The 6-8, 210-pound power forward arrived in the United States from Puerto Rico just before his eighth grade year.

After spending a year in Florida, Davila moved to North Carolina to live with his legal guardian and attend Boonville (N.C.) Starmount.

He had a solid freshmen year, but it didn't compare to his sophomore campaign where he averaged 20 points and 9 rebounds per game. According to Davila's head coach, Kent Phillips, his work ethic is the main reason for his improvement.

"His game has really come on," he said. "He's really worked hard this year and I think if he continues to improve the way he did between his freshmen and sophomore year he really without question has no limits on where he wants to go."

"I think I did a lot better this season," Davila said about his sophomore year. "My free throws and my post moves improved."

Coach Phillips said Davila's post game is extremely advanced for a kid his age. Davila's face up game is improving, but playing with his back to the basket is what he does best.

"He's as good as I've seen with his back to the basket as far as making moves. He's one of the best passing big men I've seen. He doesn't get flustered and he just plays."

The Puerto Rico native has already garnered attention from schools such as North Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, UNC Charlotte, Clemson, Kansas, Miami (FL), Michigan and Appalachian State.

Davila said he would like to wait until his senior year to make a final decision, however, his coach expects they will come up with a list of schools sometime next season.

"What he's looking to do is the beginning of next year we are going to sit down and eliminate some," Phillips said. "He wants to get a few that he really likes and look at it that way. He wants to go somewhere that he's comfortable with a family atmosphere. He wants to stay close to here."

The majority of the in-state schools watched Davila during the season or arranged a private workout. North Carolina assistant coach, Joe Holladay, watched him work out two weeks ago in Boonville.

"What they did was come to his work out and they took a game file and watched the game film," Phillips said. "They are planning on watching him over the summer [to see him] play some games. They were interested after the work out. They had heard about him and really liked what they had seen. They really like his upside."

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