Pre-NBA Basketball Career
Ed Davis grew up wanting to become an NBA basketball player. He is the son of former NBA player Terry Davis. His father went undrafted in 1989 and bounced around in his 10 seasons in the NBA.
His father played with four NBA teams (Miami Heat, Washington Bullets, Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets) while missing two complete seasons with injuries. He played the power forward and center position like his son does today.
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Terry Davis averaged 21.6 minutes, 6.4 points, and 6.0 rebounds per game in his 10-season run. His son Ed wanted to follow in the footsteps of his dad growing up and put a huge focus on the game of basketball.
He played his first two years of high school basketball at Hanover High School in Mechanicsville, Va., but transferred to Benedictine High School in Richmond, Va. While at Benedictine High School, Davis led his team to two national championships.
In his senior year, Davis was catching nationwide attention as a great big man. He was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Game and to the Jordan Brand All-American Team. Following those honors, Davis was named Mr. Basketball of Virginia in 2008.
The award is given to the most outstanding high school basketball player in the state of Virginia. In his senior year, Davis was ranked No. 15 in the nation’s top 100 players.
When his senior year was coming to a close, Davis committed to the University of North Carolina and play two years of college basketball.
Davis had a great freshman season as a Tar Heel. He played every game for the Tar Heels, but only started in two games. He led the Tar Heels in blocks, swatting a 65 shots and averaging just under two blocks a game.
His play off the bench helped North Carolina win the 2009 national championship over Michigan State. Davis finished the title game 11 points and eight rebounds.
Following his freshman season, Davis was named to the 2009 All-Freshman Team and announced he would return for his sophomore season.
In his sophomore season, Davis only played 23 games due to a broken wrist, averaging 13.4 points, 9.6 reounds and 2.8 blocks per game. Following the end of his sophomore season, Davis declared for the 2010 NBA Draft.