GSK: Day 2 UNC Target Report

RALEIGH, N.C. --- The second day of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational rolled on at N.C. State's campus Thursday. Three potential North Carolina prospects were in attendance and each got a win.

Victor Davila – PF - Starmount High – The big man went to work right away in the paint against Knightdale (N.C.) High. They didn't have anyone that could match his size and strength inside as the Rams road Davila's 16 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks to a six-point win.

The 6-8, 230-pound PF has a nice looking jump hook, but he always goes over the left shoulder. He also had a few nice post catches that turned into points close to the rim. Davila has a strong, but lean build and is willing to bang with opposing posts around the basket. His frame will allow him to bulk up more at the next level.

After the game his coach said Davila had offers from NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia, Charlotte, Virginia Tech, Memphis, VCU and Appalachian State. Starmount Head Coach, Kent Phillips, said that North Carolina has contacted him in the past but that Davila wasn't among their top targets.

Larry Drew – PG – Taft High School - A night after Larry Drew lit it up from the floor he had trouble finding the bottom of the net against Durham (N.C.) Riverside. However, the best uncommitted '08 PG found other ways to get the job done. He's a magician with the ball and is a great floor general. He got his teammates looks all game, but only finished with five dimes because of missed layups and a couple of dropped passes.

Drew finished with just eight points. Two of the four field goals were floaters down the middle of the lane. Even though this was an off game for Drew scoring wise it's obvious that he's a big time talent and the one of the top two point guards in the 2008 class.

After the game Drew reiterated that North Carolina had offered him a scholarship and was now his favorite.

"They basically told my mom that they offered me a scholarship and I didn't know about it," Drew said. "Then the next day my mom told me I got a scholarship offer from North Carolina and I was like 'I didn't know that.' Then the next time I talked to Roy Williams he was like, 'I guess you heard that we offered you a scholarship.' I was really glad about that.

But Drew stressed that he still wanted to visit a few schools. This weekend after the tournament he plans to check out North Carolina State and take a trip back to Chapel Hill to visit with the Tar Heel coaches. When he gets home he plans to set up a visit to Arizona as well.

Drew spoke glowingly about Roy Williams, when asked about the Tar Heel head coach.

"He doesn't pressure me -- not at all," Drew said. "I think that's one of the main reasons why he's one of my favorite coaches right now. He doesn't pressure me."

Samardo Samuels – C – St. Benedicts - Samuels looked better than he did late in the summer on Thursday night against St. Raymonds (N.Y.). He flashed a free throw line jumper and dominated the paint with Greg Enchenique. Every touch he got on the block he took advantage of as he finished with jump hooks and drop steps around the basket.

Samuels also made a nice pump fake at the top of the key and drove the lane finishing with a flush that no defender would want to be near. Samuels has a college ready body, with a very strong build that will only get stronger when he reaches the next level. Our stats had him 8-for-8 from the field going for 24 points in the contest.

Samuels and St. Benedict's will face off against Larry Drew and Taft in the championship of the 8-team boys tournament tomorrow night at 9. Prior to that American Christian led by Tyreke Evans will take the floor against Hope Christian.

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