Davies commits to Hawaii, but not only because of sun and surf
It’s easy to assume high school basketball star Olivia Davies of Wasilla committed to the University of Hawaii women’s basketball team because of sun, surf and sand.
That played a part, no doubt, but the senior’s decision actually came down to where she felt the most comfortable.
On her official visit to Honolulu, Hawaii, she instantly bonded with coaches and players. Call it the Aloha spirit.
“After only a few hours of spending time with them I could just see myself being in that situation and calling it home,” Davies told me. “They were up front and honest with me. None of the coaches or girls were trying to sell something that they were not and I really appreciated that.”
The reigning Northern Lights Conference Player of the Year also considered UAA, UC Davis, Fresno State and Northern Colorado. She made official visits to UAA, Fresno State and Hawaii.
“The thing I liked most about Hawaii was the atmosphere. The sun and the beach were great, but where ever we went, I felt like a part of something,” she said. “You can’t get that in a lot of places.”
Davies, of Wasilla High fame, received a full scholarship offer from the Rainbow Wahine of the Big West Conference and is expected to sign her letter of intent during the early signing reriod in November.
The 5-foot-9 all-state combo guard averaged 14 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists last season as a junior to lead Wasilla to the Class 4A state tournament championship game for the third straight year. She won titles as a sophomore and freshman.
Davies enters her senior season as a player-of-the-year candidate alongside Dimond’s Alissa Pili, a sure-fire D1 player who has not yet declared her commitment.
Davies is coached by Alaska Sports Hall of Famer Jeannie Herbert-Truax, a championship player and coach in Alaska and former University of Miami all-star. Last season she was selected to coach the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game.
Davies definitely was groomed by the best.
“Jeannie helped me learn how to be coached by a strong personality. She has pushed me to become more focused and take leadership over the past four years,” Davies said.
The Wasilla wonder also credited her father for helping shape her into the steady, heady and college-ready player she is today.
“He’s coached me since the second grade and has pushed me many times to my breaking point, but I wouldn’t be where I am without him,” she said.
Together, they made it possible for her to fulfill her hoops dream.
“I have spent the past 10 years preparing myself to play at the next level and pursing my dreams and I’m finally getting that chance,” she said. “Hopefully I can bring some confidence and passion to the team.”