Deiona Davis will play women’s basketball at Voorhees College next year, after signing with the school during a ceremony Tuesday at South Pointe High School.
After the brief get-together with teammates and family, first-year Stallions’ basketball coach Stephanie Butler said Davis’ absence would be felt.
“I can tell you I’m going to miss her, I don’t want her to go. I wish I could have been able to coach her for a couple more years,” said Butler. “She’s just a great young lady, very coachable, worked really hard as well, both on and off the court.”
Davis also contemplated a chance to play at North Greenville University, but felt that Vorhees, in Denmark, fit her better. She played in an open gym session at Voorhees in late March in front of the team’s coach, Edward Glover, when she also checked out the school’s campus.
“He asked me did I like the team and what-not, and he said he’d give me a call,” said Davis. “Then when he called, he said ‘we’ll put a package together.’”
Davis, who has a 3.2 grade point average and will major in education at Voorhees, is essentially getting a full ride, with academic scholarship funds mixed in. She said she was happily surprised to get the call back from Glover, and was considering several junior colleges just in case.
Butler thinks her now-former player will make a versatile addition to Voorhees’ lineup. At 5-foot-6, Davis was a small post player for the Stallions, a requirement because of the team’s lack of height.
“She never questioned anything I asked her to do, she just did it,” Butler said.
Davis led the Stallions in scoring and rebounding, averaging nearly 10 points and seven rebounds per contest. Because of her position on the court, Davis didn’t always get to show off her full complement of abilities. But Butler said she’s a good ball-handler and fully expects her to work over the summer and the next few years on developing consistent range beyond the 3-point arc.
Butler said she expects Davis to be able to contribute right away at Vorhees, an NAIA Division I institution. She also expects her to make the Dean’s List.
Davis is Butler’s first college signing as South Pointe’s coach. Asked what she’ll remember about her first team’s captain, Butler said, “how she played on the court every night, I wished everybody could have played like that.”
High School Notes
• Former Chester Cyclone Kalon Davis is penciled in as Clemson’s starting right guard, according to the Tigers’ summer depth chart released Tuesday by the school. Davis is ahead of redshirt-freshman Tyrone Crowder. The 6-foot-5, 340-pound Davis has long vied with David Beasley for a starting guard spot the last three years, but Beasley is also in the starting offensive line unit, at left guard.
• Rock Hill athletics director Bill Warren has been honored with a National Athletic Trainers Association award. Warren, the president of the South Carolina Athletic Trainers Association, will receive his award at the NATA national convention in June.
• Indian Land’s Shalyn Dougherty has been named Class 1A/2A girls’ soccer player of the year by the South Carolina Women’s Coaches Association earlier today. Dougherty helped Mark Bonda’s Warriors to the third round of the Class 2A state tournament. Dougherty will play at Limestone University next season.
• Silas Allen, of Rhino Wrestling Club South Carolina, placed fourth in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle divisions this weekend at the Southeast Regional Tournament in Atlanta. During the weekend, he wrestled opponents from different states, beating opponents from Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Rhino Wrestling Club South Carolina is based out of Rock Hill. For more information on the club, visit www.rhinowrestlingclubsc.com.
• Region 3-AAAA baseball teams were released late last week. Northwestern won the region and thus led the way with six selections- Garrett Rast, Josh Crump, Ryan Hardee, Eric Taylor, Dupree Hart and Justin Peddy. Fort Mill earned five selections- Brett Netzer, Jaden Savage, Matt Navarro, Justin Tepper and Avery Carter. Nation Ford and Rock Hill also had five; The Falcons were Brandon Fite, Clay Hunt, Cole Avery, Dalton Helms and Connor Green, while the Bearcats were Chase Watts, Will Reid, Zach Carter, Isaac Rodgers and Cody Edkins. Clover had Davis McCarter and Barrett Courtwright picked, York had Ryan Gilbert and Adam Hoffman selected, and South Pointe‘s Josh Massey and Lancaster’s Rashun Cloud were the the players picked from those two schools.
Bret McCormick • 803-329-4032; Twitter: @BretJust1T