High School: AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, AZ)
Recruiting Status: Verbally committed to Duke
Notes: Before her senior year, Davis transferred from Valley Vista HS (Surprise, AZ) to AZ Compass.
Recruiting Summary for Marisa Davis
late April 2020: among her offers are Arizona, Cal, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Fullerton, Clemson, Colorado State, Columbia, Duke, Loyola Marymount, Notre Dame, Pacific, Utah, and Washington State
June 1, 2020: committed to Duke
Valley Vista girls hoops top recruit Marisa Davis leaves for AZ Compass Prep (Arizona Republic, 6/4/2020)
“Right now, it’s really not about helping this team as much as it’s us helping her prepare to play at Duke,” AZ Compass girls basketball coach and The Republic’s Coach of the Year Jamaal Rhodes. “She’s a special athlete and all of her coaches have done a great job putting her in position. What we want to do is give her the type of schedule and consistency throughout the day and year that you can’t have in high school.
“She’s going to be be a little bit more polished heading into Duke. She’s going to bring tremendous athleticism. She loves to compete and playing for (Valley Vista head coach Rachel) Matakas, you gotta have those things.”
An improved point of view: Marisa Davis finds new family, thrives at basketball, signs with Duke (Surprise Independent, 6/1/2020)
Washington State, Utah, Colorado State and Oregon State were among the 30-plus colleges that also offered Davis — and those four universities factored in to her final decision.
She said she was not worried about committing before her senior season started. COVID-19 wiped out her chance to visit the campuses, but Zoom meetings and phone calls helped her feel comfortable with the Blue Devils program.
“What really helped me with my decision was talking to everyone on the coaching staff and two of the girls on the team. Those girls have two more years there,” Davis said. “I didn’t really feel the need to have that kind of pressure. My parents were not pushing one way or another.”