Davila Turns It Up

RALEIGH, N.C. – The match-up of the day at the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational matched up Miami commit Julian Gamble with Boonville (N.C.) Starmount standout Victor Davila. While Gamble's squad got the victory Davila didn't go down with out a fight.

The battle between Julian Gamble and Victor Davila was a tail of two halves. The first half Durham (N.C.) Southern went right at the 6-8, 230-pounder as Julian Gamble got touches on the first two trips (both leading to buckets). Gamble continued to own the paint and frustrated the opposition with size and blocked shots.

While their stats were similar at half, Gamble was the clear winner of the first session. Davila looked a little nervous and had trouble making moves with out getting stripped.

The second half was much different as Gambled battled foul trouble and a more aggressive Davila. Starmount's big man showed some aggression and began using a variety of pump fakes and jump hooks to score in the paint.

As the game went Davila continued to get better. His most impressive points came off an up and under move using the rim to shield Gamble.

Davila finished with 23 points (11 of 16) and 7 rebounds while Gamble went for 13 points (5 of 9) and 2 boards.

Overall Davila still has some work to do as a prospect. At times he has trouble handling the ball and feeling out the game, but that should improve with experience. In this contest it took Davila some time to get warmed up and adjusted to the level of competition that's not something he'll have the luxury of doing when he gets to the next level.

At this point he's receiving interest from a number of levels. He clams scholarship offers from North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Virginia, UNC Charlotte, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Memphis, VCU and Appalachian State. When asked specifically about Wake Forest's interest Coach Phillips said, "It's been very intense."

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