Ed Davis entering the draft
“I’ve had two great years at North Carolina both as a player and a student and now I want to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA,” says Davis. “I love being a Tar Heel and am proud to know that I will always be part of this unique family. I want to thank Coach Williams for giving me the opportunity to play for Carolina. My coaches and teammates have helped me develop as a player and a person and I will miss helping them get the Tar Heel program back on top.
“Winning the national championship my first year is a special memory that will last a lifetime. I will continue to work on my degree, something I have promised my parents I would do. Even though I am giving up my final two years of eligibility, I will continue to pursue my family’s dream of earning my college degree.
“I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the student body here and I want to thank the students and all the Carolina fans for their support. Right now I want to finish the school year in good shape academically and get ready for the next step in my basketball career. Finally, my family and I again want to thank Coach Williams for giving me the opportunity to play for the Tar Heels and create so many great memories.”
Davis was leading the ACC in field goal percentage (.578) and blocked shots, was second in rebounding and 15th in scoring when he broke his wrist on February 10th in the second half of the home game against Duke. He finished the season playing in 23 games (he also missed a game with a sprained ankle in January), averaging 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He blocked 64 shots (2.8 per game).
The Richmond, Va., native scored in double figures 17 times with a career-high 22 against Michigan State. He had 10 double-doubles and grabbed 15 or more rebounds four times with a career-high 16 at College of Charleston and at Maryland. He blocked a career-high tying six shots against Duke.
“Ed is a wonderful young man who I am proud to have coached,” says Roy Williams. “He was having a very productive season before suffering a broken wrist. He helped us win a national championship as a freshman and his injuries this past year were certainly an obstacle in us returning to the NCAA Tournament. We wish him great success and look forward to supporting him and following his professional career.”
Davis became the third-fastest Tar Heel to block 100 shots, reaching the century mark in his 51st game. Only Rasheed Wallace (47th game) and Sam Perkins (50th game) reached 100 in fewer games. In two seasons, he scored 562 points (9.2), had 470 rebounds (7.7) and blocked 129 shots. He had 11 points and eight rebounds against Michigan State in the 2009 national championship game.
wow, he shood stay in school, hes def. not ready
He might have needed another year, but he should be fine. Top 5-10 pick. As a UNC fan, it's sad to see such a great guy go, but I understand why he left...I think he will have a very productive career. If he puts on a lot of weight, he could be a top notch pf for years to come. That's a big if though.
hes def not a 5-10 pick
He's one of the top ten prospects in the draft... I think he's a top ten pick.
Lottery/mid first draft pick assured, and like a few other players, it's time for him to strike while the iron is hot, and not take any risks of stock drop or the lockout.
Maybe he's doing the right thing about leaving..If he had came out last year..he might've been top 5.This year he received a season ending injury..Who knows next season he might receive a career ending injury..
I think this is a Smart Choice. UNC has some Nice Recruits coming in that would've stole the spotlight.
He was ahving a pretty nice year before the Injury, but I agree he isn't ready...He'll use his Rookie Year to develop, but I still think he can average around 8 & 5 and will show plenty of flashes of his Potential
Preseason top 5 pick. Now maybe 8-14.
I agree. I believe Davis will be a top 10 pick and I believe his landing point could be Houston
Bad decision, he really did nothing this year to help his stock. He could have been a top 5 pick next year had he come back and showed some progress on offense. Now he is looking at late lottery at best. Between his wrist injury, UNC's poor record, and his lack of improvement on the offensive end of the court I see this as a bad move. His stock right now is probably at it's lowest. He will need great pre-draft workouts and measurements to sneak into the top 10.
I disagree. He had very good numbers and his potential is still high. He was the only man inside as a actual threat. If UNC had better guards, they would have been better and his numbers and stock would have improved.
I can only legitimately see taking five players ahead of Davis, Wall, Turner, Cousins, Favors, and Wes Johnson. I'd take Davis over Monroe any day of the week, Aldrich and Aminu too. I still can't believe this site has Motiejunas rated so high, every scout I talk to with the Wolves say he's 10-14 on almost every draft board, they told me dude is so soft, he's another Charlie V, tall PF with range but can't rebound and has no toughness. Whoever takes him better have a bruiser down low.
i see him being a Luis Scola, not as good as a shooter of Charlie V
He is far more athletic and a superior defender than Scola. Also his offensive game is nowhere near as polished as of yet.
I think he knows he's going top 15 if not top 10. If your guaranteed that, I think in most scenarios you gotta go. Risking injury or a horrid season when you are going that high is unnecessary.
I think he can at best be a P.J. Brown type player (his mid-range is raw,but has shown a few flashes), and at worst a Brandan Wright type who can't shoot,handle and has a low skill level down low and the lack of strength to makes plays.
Please Joe D, please I beg you, do not pick Ed Davis with the sixth pick. PLEASE.
I would love to have Eddie Davis on my team. I've always loved watching him play because he is so active on defense. Playing ball denial, not giving up post-position to bigger players, boxing out, helping teammates, and just plain shutting his man down. On offense he is also freakishly active by getting into a good scoring position, setting screens and always moving the ball if he doesn't have an easy basket.
He may not have many moves offensively yet (or good range), but this is where his youth and potential factors in.
Anyone who thinks Davis compares to Scola is a fool. Davis is an athlete, and Scola is smart hustle man. Davis will be a good player, and should go in the top ten. He's got the raw talent, and he's young enough to develop it.