November 14, 2007

Davis signs with Tar Heels

North Carolina picks up a key new member of its basketball family on Wednesday, as Richmond (Va.) forward Ed Davis faxes his national letter of intent to Chapel Hill. The five-star Davis, one of the country's most prized recruits, is currently the No. 6 power forward and the No. 20 overall player in the Rivals.com Class of 2008 national rankings.

"Their legacy and style of play were big," the 6-8 Davis said about his decision to choose North Carolina over Virginia and Connecticut, his other finalists. "I looked at what they did with Brandan Wright and made him a lottery pick after one year. With North Carolina, it's just the program they have going, the way they've done with all their big men, and stuff like that."

"I'm just real excited that he's getting the opportunity to go to Carolina," said Davis's father, Terry. "My son playing at Carolina; that's special."

Davis is one of two 2008 signees for the Tar Heels with a former NBA player for a father, as the elder Davis played a total of 10 seasons with teams including the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, and Denver Nuggets.

After originally going after some other top prospects at his position, the Tar Heels extended Davis a formal scholarship offer in April, as UNC head coach Roy Williams let him know that the Tar Heels coveted his services.

"Coach Williams said that he read on the Internet that I didn't have an official offer," Davis said at the time. "He told me that he was just 'old school' and wanted me to know that if I wanted to go there, that I certainly could be a Tar Heel if I wanted to. So he let me know that I do have an offer."

After battling through a heated summer recruitment with the Cavaliers and Huskies, Williams and the UNC staff received the good news from Davis in late July that he wanted to become a Tar Heel.


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