McD: Ed Davis Spotlight

MILWAUKEE --- Ed Davis is excited about being a McDonald's All-American and he's using the experience to see where he stands against the nation's best, while also getting to know his future teammates.

The 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward earned the trip to Milwaukee after having a solid summer on the AAU circuit. He then backed it up with a terrific high school season, where he averaged 21.6 points, 12.2 rebounds and four blocks a game – leading his team to the state title.

"It's an honor to be here and to be named as one of the top 24 players in the country," Davis said. "It's just an honor and it shows that hard work pays off. [After] working out every day, now I know that it's all paying off."

Davis is on the East squad and in practices he's proven his worth against some of the best the nation has to offer. The second day during a scrimmage he went head-to-head with Samardo Samuels and put up 14 points, showing an impressive left jump hook.

"I think I've held my own," said Davis, who ranks No. 10 overall in the class by "I don't like to compare myself to others, but I did the best that I could do."

The McDonald's All-American festivities have also helped Davis further his relationship with some of his future teammates. Davis and Tyler Zeller are roommates and are getting familiar with each other for the first time.

"It's going really good and actually this is my first time meeting him," Davis said about rooming with Zeller. "He's real cool and we bond real well together."

With the festivities starting on Saturday, Davis wasn't able to watch North Carolina's last game against Arkansas, but the future Tar Heel said he's certainly been following the program during the season.

"I haven't gotten to watch many of the games, but I've been following the box scores," the Richmond (Va.) Benedictine standout said.

Davis said he will head to Chapel Hill the last week of June and will be joined by Zeller and Larry Drew. Prior to getting to campus Davis hopes to hit the weight room and work on getting stronger.

"I'm trying to get as big as possible," Davis said. "It's not really about weight but just strong. I don't want to be 250 because that's not my game. I'm not a power player. I'm more of a finesse guy. I just want to be able to hold my own."

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