High School: Valley Vista (Surprise, AZ)
Recruiting Summary for Marisa Davis-Jones
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
July 20, 2020: decommitted
subsequent 2020 offers:
August 9, 2020: committed to Washington
Davis’s path to new college starts with return home (Surprise Independent, 8/10/2020)
“It wasn’t difficult at all. We look at things differently. We’ve taught our children when things don’t go as planned, it’s for good reason. God got her,” Ms. Jones said. “Prior to her committing to Duke, she already had majority of the Pac-12 teams recruiting her. So it was a blessing when Washington and other schools reached out still wanting her to play for them.” . . .
The answers led her to Seattle, where she joins former Scottsdale Chaparral and current PHH Prep guard Jess Finney as Arizona players arriving in 2021.
“I had to make sure contracts were definitely in place. I had to get more of a feel of what their players thought of the school and the coaching staff,” Davis stated. “I chose Washington because of their academics, resources, diversity, style of play and because the coaching staff believes in ‘family’ and that means everything to me. Another note to add to that is my favorite player went there, Kelsey Plum. It just felt right.”
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.”