Davis Open to UNC

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Anthony Davis' school list could look a little different by the end of the week.

Two weeks ago, Davis and his family announced that they had narrowed his school list down to Kentucky, Ohio State and Syracuse.

But that list of finalists doesn't appear to be set in stone.

After Mean Streets' win over Team Florida in Monday's opener of the 2010 EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam, Davis said he'd strongly consider North Carolina if the coaching staff offered him a scholarship.

"It's a great basketball program and a great academic program," Davis said. "It just feels good for North Carolina to call. They said they were ready to offer me after the Peach Jam."

UNC head coach Roy Williams was in attendance both of Davis' games on Monday and watched Davis do what has taken him from a relative unknown to one of the top 5 prospects in the class of 2011 – everything.

"I hope he's taking notes on me," Davis said of Williams after the game. "I just have to play hard, try to show him what I can do on the offensive end and on the defensive end."

He finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, five steals, four blocks and even made his only 3-point attempt against Team Florida, while he had 12 points and 10 rebounds against California Supreme.

"We did well in the second game," explained Davis. "The first game I played excellent and in the second I didn't play that well. My offensive game wasn't going so I had to get my teammates involved."

At the NBPA camp in June, Davis said he was looking to visit North Carolina after the Peach Jam. That situation's changed a bit.

"Then, I didn't have my top three, but now I have my top three," he said. "I want to visit my top three first then visit any other schools that might be interested."

Initially, Davis wanted to make a college decision by the end of July, but his hectic schedule has pushed that date back. Now, Davis said he doesn't have any visits set and doesn't have a decision date.

As for the aforementioned top three, Davis said they all share a few attributes that he intrigue him.

"Their style of play is excellent," said Davis. "They can get up and down the court how I like. Each team has had players go to the league and that's where I want to go, the NBA." At 6-foot-9, 195 pounds Davis is extremely athletic and runs the floor as well as most guards. Because of his versatility, Davis said he sees himself a hybrid forward in college.

In the first game, Davis used his size to post up and shoot over Team Florida defenders. Against California Supreme, he played almost exclusively on the wing.

"One of our guys got hurt and couldn't play against the California team," said Mean Streets head coach Jevon Mamon. "So we put Anthony on the wing and he didn't complain. Whatever it takes for us to win, he's willing to do it."

On one possession, that showed his strengths and aggressive mentality, Davis blocked a shot, sprinted past Team Florida's defenders and buried a deep 3-pointer.

"I have a 7-foot-2 wingspan and I try to use that to the best of my ability," Davis said. "Most guys don't have the wingspan that I have. I use it to block every shot and go after every rebound. I want every rebound and I want every block."

Mamon said that one quality above others has helped Davis become one of the top prospects in the country.

"He loves and has a passion for the game," he said. "He loves to work hard. Everyday he's trying to improve his game and get better."

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