TORONTO - From afar, Ed Davis could hear the thud as fans began to jump off the bandwagon.
Along comes a 40-point game and the chatter of the bandwagon suddenly swelling is audible.
Having lived through the madness of college basketball along Tobacco Road, Davis is well aware of the roller-coaster existence that becomes the life of a blue-chip prospect.
Whether Harrison Barnes declares for the draft as an underclassman is a topic Davis can’t answer, but the Raptors rookie is well versed in what Barnes brings to North Carolina.
“I was there when he signed,’’ Davis, a Tar Heel product, said of Barnes, a 6-foot-8 freshman who became the first player in 16 years to drop 40 points in an ACC tournament game. “Harrison is a legit 6-foot-8 player, someone I’ve played against in pick-up ball.
“I remember talking to my old teammates and all they kept talking about was how Harrison was always in the gym, always trying to work on his game.
“The season starts and he struggled. That’s when people started to jump off the bandwagon. And now that he’s picked up his game, people are getting back on the bandwagon.”