Tar Heels Offer Davis

The North Carolina coaching staff has watched Ed Davis a number of times and brought him on campus last season for a visit. Now, the 6-8, 210-pound forward has a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels.

"[UNC offered] last week sometime, I don't know when exactly," said Richmond (Va.) Benedictine head basketball coach Sean McAloon. "I talked to Ed last Wednesday or Thursday while he was on spring break."

Roy Williams made multiple trips to Benedictine, as did UNC assistants, during Davis' junior season and Davis sat courtside at the Smith Center for UNC's game against Rutgers in late December.

"They've always been on the list because they've been recruiting him actively since the beginning of the year," McAloon said. "They never dropped off, they'd just never uttered the words 'You have a scholarship here if you want it.'"

During a postgame interview with Inside Carolina earlier this month, Davis listed Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgetown, Connecticut, North Carolina and Clemson as his frontrunners.

McAloon said that Davis was nowhere near a decision and would take official visits this fall.

The Tar Heel offer came shortly after Davis' MVP-winning performance in leading the host team to the Boo Williams Invitational championship.

Analyst Dave Telep of ScoutHoops.com, who ranks Davis the No. 3 power forward in the class and No. 8 prospect overall, raved about Davis' early April performance on the national stage.

"What he did at the Boo Williams event was put a big-time team on his back - he was tremendous," Telep said. "He played to his ranking and past it and at this point coming off a performance like that, he's clearly put himself in an elite-category - and solidified himself in that position.

"His bread and butter has been how efficient he is with his chances inside," Telep added. "He's a power forward who answered any questions last weekend about the physicality of the game. Going up against top competition, he scored with contact, in-traffic and just overall really played it at an elite-level inside."

Davis emerged as a star at Benedictine last season, averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds, while leading the school to a 29-3 record and the Virginia Independent Schools championship.

"We won a state championship and won every tournment we entered," McAloon said. "[Davis] played a major part, because of how talented he is. ... Obviously, a lot of things ran through Ed.

"He was valuable because of offense and defense. Not many people drove the lane on us, because he patrolled it. And offensively, he scored, rebounded -- he did everything we needed."

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