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.”
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