McD: Monday Practice Report

MILWAUKEE --- North Carolina has signed more McDonald's All-Americans than any other school in the country and this year they've add to their lead, as they picked up a trio of burger boys in Ed Davis, Tyler Zeller and Larry Drew. All three looked impressive during the Monday practice session.

It's tough to get a great feel for players during the McDonald's All-American practices because majority of the time is spent working on plays, strategies and fast break play, however Ed Davis certainly stood out.

The 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward took over during the East's team scrimmage. Davis scored 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting and scored the majority of his buckets off of jump hooks over the right shoulder. He also scored on a fast break and off of an offensive rebound.

Davis still needs to add some weight to his frame, but the same goes for majority of the top high school seniors. He'll add a different dimension to North Carolina's inside game and he's already developed a tough go-to move in the paint.

It'll be interesting to see how he stacks up against the big men on the West team. He'll be going up against Greg Monroe, Luke Babbitt, Michael Dunigan and B.J. Mullens inside and each of the four, except for Babbitt, have inches on him.

Davis' frontcourt teammate, Tyler Zeller, played pretty well in his own right. Zeller ran with the East team's first group, which also included Kemba Walker, Al-Farouq Aminu, Tyreke Evans and Samardo Samuels. In the scrimmage, he scored four buckets -- three of them were on fast breaks, including a sweet up-and-under move along the baseline.

Zeller, a 7-foot-220-pound power forward, is one of the most mobile big men in the country and he makes defenders pay for not getting back on defense. Expect him to get a handful of points during the game on Wednesday off of fast break opportunities.

To go with his transition game, he also showed a terrific face up game. In the scrimmage he knocked down a three-pointer and throughout practice he showed nice range on his jump shot.

The third Tar Heel commit in attendance, Larry Drew, played solid ball throughout practice. The 6-foot, 160-pound point guard ran with the West's second team during the two-hour practice session.

Although the West team didn't scrimmage as much as the East squad did, they did do some five-on-five drills. In the drills, Drew played the role of distributor. He showed a very smooth game, rarely made mistakes and proved he'll make defenders pay if they let him shoot jump shots.

The players will participate in the Powerade Jam Fest, which will be taped and televised on Wednesday prior to the game, Monday evening. The teams will have another practice Tuesday morning and then the game is set for Wednesday evening.

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