Ed Davis started watching North Carolina basketball games on television when he was about 6 years old.
Now a 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward at Richmond (Va.) Benedictine High, Davis said he plans to join the team of his boyhood dreams for the 2008-09 season. He announced his decision Wednesday, picking the Tar Heels over Virginia and Connecticut.
Ranked No. 2 in the nation among high school power forwards and in the top 10 overall by Scout.com, Davis adds more clout to a UNC recruiting class that already includes point guard Larry Drew Jr. of California.
"Ed Davis is as good as any guy on the board in terms of the fit at North Carolina,'' Dave Telep of Scout.com said. "He gets the ball rolling in the frontcourt. ... Eventually, he'll have an impact on the program."
Davis averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots as a junior this past season, helping Benedictine post a 29-3 record and win the Virginia State Independent Schools championship.
His father, Terry, is a former NBA player.
Asked how he hopes to make an impact at UNC, Ed Davis said what Tar Heels coach Roy Williams likes to hear.
"[With] a winning attitude ... running the court, rebounding, blocking shots," Davis said, adding that the torrid Tar Heels tempo "fits me perfectly."
Virginia Tech was the first school to recruit him, starting when he was in the ninth grade, Davis recalled. North Carolina began wooing him a year later. Davis said the Tar Heels' "legacy, coaching staff and players" helped him make an early decision.
This summer, he has been slowed by an ankle injury, which could cause his recruiting ranking to dip.
"[But] at the end of the day, you are looking at a top 10 player,'' Telep said.