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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Nina Davis gets offer from National Champs Baylor

article and image from Commercial Appeal

Nina Davis is enjoying life in the fast lane.

The Central High basketball standout, who enters the season the 52nd-ranked player in the nation according to ESPN Hoopgurlz, visited Baylor last week — and came away with a scholarship offer from the defending 40-0 national champions.

"At first, I was just speechless when they offered me," the 6-0 senior said. "I think it's every kid's dream growing up to play for the national champions. It's just an honor; I'm really excited and happy.
"They took me all around the campus and I really liked the environment. And I really bonded with the coach, Kim Mulkey. She's really down to earth."

Davis said one of the highlights was talking with the Baylor players, including a fleeting meeting with national player of the year Brittney Griner.

"We didn't get to talk that much because she was in a hurry on her way to class," Davis said. "But I did get to see her size 17 shoes. It was just awesome to meet a future star — well, she already is a star."

While it's fair to say that Baylor made a big impression on Davis, the two-time Pepsi Best of the Preps player of the year and the Most Valuable Player of Central's 2011 AAA state championship run is weighing all her options.

She was scheduled to visit Vanderbilt over the weekend and has a home visit lined up this week with the University of Kentucky. An official to Lexington will likely come in October.
And Davis said the University of Memphis also remains in the mix.

"Oh they are definitely still in the picture," she said. "I can't eliminate a school like Memphis, the chance to go there and be a hometown hero."

Davis, who averaged 19.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 3.6 steals for Central's state tournament team last year, said she may be nearing a decision.

"Right now, I do feel like I will go ahead and commit early, but I don't know the exact time or date," she said. "Honestly, all this (attention) right now is just a blessing. I feel like God's chosen me (to be in this position) ... it just really feels great."


  1. Who ever gets Nina Davis will get a hard working, intelligent, focused and excellent basketball player. She has played with the best while in high school and club ball and made a strong impression on top program college coaches. It is no surprise to me that the top program wants her. It is a testament to her humility that she was surprised. I would expect Nina to keep working at making herself an even better player. She will make a lot of us very proud!



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