Raptors Sign First-Round Pick Ed Davis

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July 6, 2010

The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed forward Ed Davis from North Carolina to his rookie scale contract. He is under contract through the 2011-12 season, with two team option years to follow. The Raptors selected Davis with the 13th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Davis, 6-foot-10, 225 pounds averaged 9.2 points and 7.7 rebounds in 61 total outings in his two-year career at North Carolina. He ranked as the third-fastest player in school history to record 100 blocked shots (51 games) behind Rasheed Wallace (47) and Sam Perkins (50). He finished with 129 rejections (2.1 per game).

Davis averaged 13.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and shot .578 per cent from the field in 23 games last season before sustaining a season-ending injury February 10 with a broken lunate bone in his left wrist. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference in field goal percentage and blocked shots (64), was second in rebounding and 15th in scoring. He shot better than 50 percent from the field in 18 of his 23 games. He totaled 20 or more points four times, including a high of 22 against Michigan State. He collected 15 or more rebounds four times, with a best of 16 at College of Charleston and at Maryland. He scored in double figures 17 times and grabbed 10 or more rebounds on 11 occasions.

Davis averaged 6.7 points and 6.6 rebounds as a freshman in 2008-09 helping the Tar Heels to the NCAA Championship. He averaged 8.2 points and 5.5 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament, making 20-of-35 shots from the floor (.571). He was North Carolina’s defensive player of the game in the team’s first three NCAA tournament wins. He earned ACC All-Freshman Team honours.

Davis’ father, Terry, played 10 seasons (1989-2001) in the NBA with Miami, Dallas, Denver and Washington.


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