Ed Davis was the man of the hour at the Boo Williams Invitational. He was the hands down tournament MVP. He hit the game winning shot with less than three seconds to play to win the tournament championship. He matched up against the best of the best and prevailed. And he could very well be a major piece to the puzzle for a high-major program.
Despite his outstanding play, the 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward stayed humble and deferred his success to his new role on the always loaded Boo Williams AAU club.
"Being the leader and a captain of this team is my main role. We had two McDonald's All-Americans (Patrick Patterson and Chris Wright) on the team last year so I was in the shadows. This year is different. I have to step up and accept the challenge."
What was his secret to his success?
"Nothing different," Davis said matter-of-factly.
Offensively, the Benedictine High School prospect made short range jumpers, scored with his back to the basket, on tip ins, dunks and attacking from the top of the key with the dribble.
His best game came against the best player in the country, Greg Monroe. Davis scored 21 points on 10 of 13 shooting from the floor. Again, Davis downplayed his showing and deferred the success to his team.
"It wasn't really a statement, it was just something that I had to do," Davis said. "I had to be a leader since I'm one of the few guys that played with this team last year. I want to get myself better and win every tournament that we play in. That's my focus."
As it would be expected, Davis is a major target for major schools. Admittedly, things on the recruiting front "are getting a little hectic now."
Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, North Carolina, Villanova, Michigan State and Connecticut have made the latest cut, Davis said. All have offered except North Carolina.
"They've been recruiting me since day one," Davis said of Virginia. "I'd be able to get a lot of minutes of early and stuff like that. That would be something that I'll be looking into."
The Richmond, Va., native was quick to point out that the Cavaliers were not the leader but were being strongly considered because of the longevity of his recruitment. He added that Connecticut was the other school that has risen to the top with UVa. Even with a good number of offers, Davis said he wants to take his time.
"I won't be doing anything until the fall," Davis said.
In the meantime, he's on quite a roll. His next stop is in Pittsburgh for the Jam Fest on April 22. Odds are, he'll be doing some damage again.