Heels Following In-State PF

While most high school standouts were playing AAU ball and going to camps during the summer, Victor Davila took a different course. The Booneville (NC) Starmount star decided to go home and play for the Puerto Rico National team.

His summer, however, didn't turn out quite as planned. In just his second game with the national team, Davila suffered a broken cheek bone. The 6-8 power forward healed quickly and is already working out and prepping for his junior season.

His junior season is one filled with high expectations as he will have high majors watching his every move throughout the season. Last year North Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech were among the schools that visited during his season.

Donnie Livengood, Davila's legal guardian, said that he expects many of the same schools to be back this year. Among the schools recruiting Davila the right now are Wake Forest, North Carolina, Appalachian State, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth, UNC-Charlotte, Connecticut, Clemson, Kansas, Miami (Fla.) and Memphis.

When North Carolina visited Davila last season, assistant coach Joe Holladay took a game tape of Davila's game versus Oak Hill back to Chapel Hill. Coach Williams and company must have liked what they saw as he sent a hand written letter to the four-star prospect.

"We got a personal letter from Roy Williams saying he wanted to be the first one to contact Victor and then the rest of the staff was going to start communicating with him," Livengood said. "But he wanted to be the first one to send him a letter. I thought that was pretty neat."

"Since he got back we've gotten about six letters in two weeks from [North Carolina] Livengood said. "[The coaches] haven't called me but coach Phillips gets calls at Starmount."

Since Davila returned from Puerto Rico, Wake Forest has also been in contact with Davila and his family. The Demon Deacons have invited him to Winston-Salem for a practice.

"Dino Gaudio called last week and wanted us to come to a practice this week at Wake Forest, but we didn't get to come."

"They've been calling and sending letters," Davila said about the Demon Deacons. I talked to [Skip Prosser] last year. I talked to their assistant coach today."

While Wake Forest and North Carolina have established relationships with Davila early on, there are plenty other schools that are heavily involved in his recruitment. Livengood and Davila were both adamant that they were still listening to all schools.

"We've talked about going way off, but I think he would love to have us fairly close by because we are close here at home. The main thing is we want Victor to go where he wants to go and the way he puts it he wants to go where he feels that he'll be okay. He's going to go where he fits in and wherever that is were going to support what he does."

Davila stated that he won't make a college decision until at least next summer.

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