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Should Ed Davis Go Back To School?

I think he should declare. Unless he is committed to getting in the weight room, he should go before he hurts his stock further, which is still pretty high. The only reason I would advise him to stay in school is the fact that next year's draft class looks incredibly weak and so he would be the top big man in the 2011 draft. Other than that, he is actually in a better position being drafted in the 6 to 12 range rather than being asked to carry a franchise, which most people realize now he is not that kind of talent.


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Davis, right now
Honestly, right now, don't see Davis as any more than a poor man's Tyrus Thomas, if he stays to further develop his touch around the rim and his footwork, he could potentially be a better prospect. Most draftees are solid athletes nowadays, so Davis doesn't have a great advantage as much as 10 years ago (cough, cough, Stromile Swift).
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I don't think he's staying

I don't think he's staying in college..I think i read somewhere that someone in his family was looking for him an agent ..Or denied contacting an agent to represent Davis

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really dont see him coming

really dont see him coming back..he's a top 12 pick this year

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Coming back will gain him a

Coming back will gain him a ton of respect

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I think it is readily

I think it is readily apparent that Davis isn't NBA-ready right now. He needs to get bigger, and even if he does I am not sure that he has the makeup of a franchise player. I think he has enough to have a 10-year career, but not the next coming of Chris Bosh. I am confident that with the connections his father has as a former NBA player that they will make the right decision. The last thing a player should want to do is get caught in the Joe Alexander situation. That guy basically got cut after one year by Milwaukee. They declined his third year option after being a rookie at 21 years old, and then banished him to the very end of the bench. Now, the guy is going to need to get back into the NBA this summer the hard way. For all the talk about guys losing money by not striking while their stock is the highest, the real money is made in the second contract. Now if the guy is just a bum and needs to con a team to ever get NBA money (the Saer Sene's of the world) then go get that money. If I was advising someone with potential, however, I'd constantly be pointing out to them that while their first contract will be worth more money than they have ever seen before, it is a pittance compared to what they can get after their rookie deals. The way to get that second money is by being ready to perform. I'd give up the difference in being a top five pick and the twentieth pick, as well as an additional year of earnings, if it means that the guy is better positioned to stick in the league in the long term.

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He should come back to school

Ed Davis is not ready for the NBA at this time. This is not to say that he will never be ready. He needs to come back another year, develop a jumper and put on more weight to bang with the NBA players in the post. For him to develop a jumper will add another weapon in his arsenal. In addition, he is a great college defender. He will need much added weight to play that particular role in the NBA. One more year of seasoning and he would definitely be a lottery pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Right now, he may be a late 1st round or early 2nd round pick at best, mainly because he is out for the season due to an injury. He could probably get into the league like another Former Carolina player in Brendan Wright, but for some reason, Coach Nelson at Golden State is not giving him much run and Wright was more NBA ready in 1 year than Davis is in 2 years. Therefore, another year will only help Davis, pending that he stays injury free and I think Davis knows that. Now, even if he did not get injured, I would still say he needs to stay, but to Davis and his camp, it would be a no brainer and it not even be a debate that he would go for the money. So many young players go for the money and get paid. Hopefully, Davis will weigh the options of getting paid and staying paid.

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if i was him i would stay

if i was him i would stay another year because North Carolina will not be as bad as next year and hopefully he gains so strength along the way but he will still get drafted high if he came out this year so he may just do that.

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"Right now, he may be a late

"Right now, he may be a late 1st round or early 2nd round pick at best, mainly because he is out for the season due to an injury." What? It is a wrist injury. I'd still rather have Ed Davis with one hand than Ekpe Udoh with two.

Brandan Wright has had a screwed up shoulder the past year and a half, which is why he hasn't gotten any run. I'm not saying the guy is any good, and have no problem saying Nellie has been a bad coach the past few years, but it is just inaccurate to say it is on him for Wright not playing.

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Come out now

Ed Davis reminds me exactly of Josh McRoberts. He needs to come out right now.

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I don't see Ed Davis as

I don't see Ed Davis as anything more than a player with freakish length ... i don't think skill wise he's prepared to excel in the NBA ... that being said, he's going to go to the league, cause someone will take a chance on a player with his size and length

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People

I have noticed that there are a lot of Ed Davis doubters...As a UNC fan who watches plenty of games, I am wondering where all of this hating is coming from.

Yes, physically he might not be ready. But it's not like he can't add weight. He is an NBA ready defender and is an excellent shot blocker. He is an above average athlete and is pretty quick. We all know that he can rebound the ball and he shows promise on his jumper. He can convert on extremely difficult shots and I think that will translate well to the NBA.

I don't like it when people say he is just an athlete with length. Because in reality, that is far from the truth. You also have to take into consideration the year UNC had. Nobody on the team could consistently shoot the ball, which caused team to double down low. Ed Davis's stats are still really good IMO considering the year UNC had.

To answer this question, I do think Ed Davis should stay, but if he enters...He will be a top-10 pick and he will have a much bigger impact than a lot of you guys think. He would be a perfect third option offensively and could develop into a 2nd option if he adds a consistent jumper to his game.

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Ed Davis is Brandan Wright

Ed Davis is Brandan Wright 2.0. He is the same player he was as a freshman, he was just more productive because he played alot more minutes. He's never been Chris Bosh to me at all, and I remember whe he was the #2 pick on the mock for this site..Ha.

He's got nice length and athleticism, but he plays more like a Center than the PF he'll be in the NBA. He has nice touch and has a near-unblockable jump hook, but who will he consistently establish position on in the NBA? He's quicker than most NBA post players, but I have a hard time seeing him being more than a solid bench player at best. He's got to get stronger, develop a truly effective mid-range game and develop some more moves down low, and he has to show the ability to defend the pick and roll better.

I think he'll declare, but I think he would be wise to return. I wouldn't be shocked either way.

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Five reasons why he should come back, and will

1. He needs to work on his post game and finishing around the basket. Finishing in transition is his game and really hasn't shown any post skills in his first two years at UNC. He needs to find a couple of moves down low and master them.

2. His wrist injury did nothing but hurt his stock for this year. Not getting to see him play the final 10-12 games of the years isn't going to impress GM's. Not to mention UNC's terrible record.

3. He needs to hit the weight room. He definately needs to get stronger and add some weight, and his frame should allow him to do so. Obviously he didn't work as hard as he should have over the past year.

4. Deon Thompson is a senior and will be out of the picture next year. This year a lot of UNC's post offense went through Thompson, as Davis took a backseat offensively. With Thompson gone, Davis will be more of a focal point and will get the chance to prove himself offensively.

5. Unlike many other prospects, financially Davis doesn't need the NBA right now to support himself nor his family. The son of an NBA veteran, Davis is in a situation where he can make the right decision to come back to school. Money won't be a factor for Davis to go pro this year.

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He should get out while he

He should get out while he has the chance to be a possible lottery pick. He seems like one of those players that had a chance at a high pick but decided to stay in school and their stock dropped the following years.
He has bust written all over him. Hes a long foward with potential who hasnt accomplished anything at unc. Not much of a post game offensively or defensively.
Can you say Brandan Wright?

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prob should go.. cant really

prob should go.. cant really say wright is a bust just yet..hes not 27 or 28 is he?..isnt he like 23?

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No i wouldnt call wright a

No i wouldnt call wright a bust quite yet but they are both very similar. Wright has had a lot of injuries and you would hope for more production like other guys who went after him in the draft like landry, gasol, chandler and noah. Hes averaging 8 and 4 in 18 minutes but the offense they run really helps those stats too.

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Everyone here is missing the

Everyone here is missing the point. The question isn't about how good this kid will be, the question is about whether he has anything to gain by returning.

Right now, I would say he clearly could gain some ground. North Carolina will be a much better team next year, and he'll still be the featured big man. Playing with a passer as gifted as Kendall Marshall could really help his game.

Right now, I'm not sold that he's a top-15 pick. He missed a key chunk of the season just as he was playing well. Next year's draft, believe it or not, will be even weaker. He could easily be picked in the top 10. 

And no, he's not Chris Bosh. I agree that he's not a franchise player. But franchise players get picked in the top 5. He is going to be a contributor. He has a great feel for the game and his length and athleticism are unbelievable. In addition, he can contribute a lot without many touches, which makes him very valuable next to a star.

If he does leave this year, I could see him landing on a team like Oklahoma City and doing very well by his second or third year. 

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Maybe you should set some

Maybe you should set some guidelines or a step by step process of exactly how you want people to post on your topic then.

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