Up Close: Victor Davila, Part I

BOONVILLE, N.C. --- With so much likely to change in the coming months, Victor Davila will wait things out before narrowing his list of choices down.

Currently, Davila, a 6-foot-8 230-pound post player at Boonville (N.C.) Starmount, holds scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, N.C. State, Virginia Commonwealth, and Virginia Tech.

However, schools like Clemson, Wake Forest, Memphis, and North Carolina are keeping a close eye on the Top 50 prospect (ranked the No. 9 center in the junior class and No. 49 overall by Scout.com).

"[UNC] Coach [Joe] Holliday came in last year and has seen him work out, but Victor was injured," said Starmount head basketball coach Kent Phillips. "They didn't really get a chance to see him play, but they determined that they were planning on watching him. He's on the list as very interested. Once they see him play this season, they'll kind of get a better feel for what he's got. But, they do like him."

Since there's a strong possibility that his offers list to increase, Davila is keeping an open mind about the recruiting process.

"I don't really [have any favorites]," said Davila. "Right now, I'm not going to worry about [narrowing it down]."

The plan is to look over his options the next few months and establish a list of favorites around the turn of the year.

"What he's looking to do is take in everything – everybody coming in, all the mail, the one call a month, and listen to what everybody has to say," said Phillips. "He's looking to narrow it down to a select few – he hasn't said a number. [He'll do that] sometime in December and January. From there, he wants to really get to know the programs."

Davila has already begun to research interested schools with unofficial campus visits.

"I've visited UNC, Wake [Forest], Virginia Tech, Appalachian [State], and in two weeks I'm going to Virginia Commonwealth with my family," said Davila.

A few weekends back, Davila unofficially visited Chapel Hill and attended the North Carolina-Furman football game, while more importantly familiarizing himself with the basketball program.

"We went to the Dean Dome, we went to Coach [Roy] Williams' office, we met the players and watched them work out," said Davila. "It was great."

Outside of the coming trip to Virginia Commonwealth, Davila said he doesn't have any other visit plans yet.

(Stay tuned tomorrow for Part II, discussing what makes Davila a Top 50 national prospect, and a photo gallery.)

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