Up Close: Ed Davis, Part I

RICHMOND, Va. --- College coaching staffs from around the nation are flocking to Benedictine High School to check out Ed Davis, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound junior power forward prospect.

"[The college interest] is all across the border," said Benedictine head basketball coach Sean McAloon. "Anywhere from down Florida all the way up to Connecticut; all the way through the ACC, SEC, [and] Big East; all the way out to Kentucky and Louisville. Any big time program you want to mention, go ahead."

Four schools – Connecticut, Georgetown, Virginia, and Virginia Tech – have taken initiative by offering Davis. While North Carolina has yet to join the quartet, the Tar Heels have expressed serious interest in Scout.com's No. 2-ranked power forward in the junior class.

"[The UNC coaches] have stated, frankly, that they will be in this gym as many times as they can because they do like him," said McAloon. "For them to show that type of interest early like they have, it goes a long way. As far as an offer, I don't know."

With a solid list of scholarship offers to work from, Davis has developed a soft list of favorites.

"It's not really favorites but my top five would be UVa, Virginia Tech, Carolina, UConn, and Georgetown," said Davis. "I don't have a leader. [Those schools] are showing the most interest and I like the programs."

Even with a top five list use as a foundation, Davis is far from making a decision.

"[My decision] won't be until my senior year, about this time," said Davis. "I want to take all my [official] visits."

In addition to his five official visits, Davis is looking to take an unofficial visit to North Carolina before the end of the year. No definitive plans have been set, however.

Despite lacking a campus visit, Davis is very interested in UNC, which is the only school found in his top five that has yet to offer.

"It's a good school that has an excellent basketball program," said Davis.

Whoever does eventually land Davis is adding an athletic, versatile big man to their roster.

"No one has really told me where he projects, they just love him as a player," said McAloon. "I would think he'd be a four man. I don't think he'd ever put enough muscle on to be a five [man] and he's only 6-8 -- 6-8 and a ½ maybe. I'd say he'd be a four that can face up, but at the same time you can use him inside because of how well he shot-blocks.

"And he can handle the ball, so some people might project him as a three. But he'll need to work on his quicks. It just really depends on your system, but I would say four would be his most natural position."

(Check back tomorrow for Part II, which discusses Davis' move to a new school, his role on his team and his immediate impact. )

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