MDC: Ed Davis Spotlight

NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- The Nike Memorial Day Classic started slow for Ed Davis, but the 6-foot-8 forward turned it around on day two. In a match up with Al-Farouq Aminu, Davis more than held his own throughout the heavyweight tilt.

The battle between Davis and Aminu should be classified as a draw, as they both finished with 19 points and got the better of each other at different times. Davis did the majority of his work in the paint by knocking down jump hooks and getting tip-ins.

Although Davis played well, he hasn't been that happy with his spring performance. The Richmond (Va.) St. Benedictine standout said he wants to improve on a number of aspects of his game including his shooting and ball handling.

"Not that good," he said about his performance. "But we got the win so that's all that matters. I've played fairly well. I'm just trying to get better."

Regardless of the struggles he thinks he's going through, Davis has made a steady climb in the rankings and sits at the No. 2 spot in Scout.com's rankings. The evaluators see his talent and so do the college coaches, as he's hearing from a large contingent of schools.

Connecticut, Villanova, Georgetown, Virginia and North Carolina are the schools making him a priority and he broke down each school and explained his interest in them.

"Georgetown, I like how they make their big guys better," Davis said. "With North Carolina and Connecticut it's the background they have and all of the people that they send to the NBA.

"Then Virgina because they are the first school that started recruiting me and it's only a 45-minute ride from my house."

Although the Tar Heels just recently offered Davis a scholarship, he said that he's felt the love from Carolina for a long time.

"They've always been there - it just hasn't been steady. It'll go down and then go up. [Their interest] has been pretty good lately. They are coming [hard]."

Davis, who said he talked to Roy Williams on Thursday, plans to take unofficial visits during the summer, though none are scheduled yet.

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