MDC: Ed Davis Spotlight

NASHVILLE, TN--Playing without their starting point guard Chris Wright who was sick, mighty Boo Williams still made a run to the semifinals of the Nike Memorial Day Classic. One very important factor in that run was slender 2008 big man Ed Davis.

After starring as a sophomore at Mechanicsville (VA) Hanover in the Richmond area, the 6-8 forward has taken his game to national level. While he's been able to show off his impressive arsenal that includes skill moves in the post, short jumpers and the ability to run like a guard, Davis thinks there's room for improvement.

"I'd give myself a seven out of ten so far; I could be doing better," Davis told Inside Carolina. "I need to get stronger and finish more of my dunks and lay-ups around the basket."

While there were no coaches in Nashville, Davis maintains that whether or not coaches are in the stands doesn't change the way he plays.

"It's all just regular basketball to me, I didn't really feel different," said Davis. "I didn't really get into it, which college coaches were there and who was watching and stuff."

After dominating the local competition, Davis does enjoy playing against kids from other parts of the country. Aware that he's highly rated in his class, he knows that he has a bit of a target on his back and he likes proving that he can play with the best from anywhere else in the country.

"There's more competition out here; I like it," he said "The people we are playing against out here are the best of the best from their city or state wherever they come from."

While the competition on the Nike summer circuit is certainly tough, it probably doesn't quite compare to what he faces in workouts at home. Davis's father Terry played in the NBA for ten seasons and each summer father and son work out with NBA All-Star Ben Wallace at Virginia Union.

"It's a big difference because he's Ben Wallace," said Davis "He wants you to go hard and he won't let you go easy on anything."

So far plenty of schools have tried get involved with Davis and he mentioned Georgetown and Virginia as a pair who have worked him the hardest. However, he also maintained that he is still pretty open, that he'd like to stay in the East and that North Carolina is an option.

"I like North Carolina, it's a good school," said Davis. "I like all of the ACC and Big East schools. I'm still a long way from deciding my favorites."


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