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THE WINNER: Nina Davis
School: Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.)
Height: 6 feet
Athletic achievement: Davis averaged 28.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.7 steals and 1.5 blocks per game, leading the Warriors (26-6) to the Class AAA state semifinals. A Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game selection, Davis shot 56 percent from the field, 49 percent from 3-point range and 68 percent from the free throw line. The state’s Class AAA Miss Basketball selection, Davis led Memphis Central to the 2011 Class AAA state championship as a sophomore in addition to helping her Tennessee Flight 16U club squad win the 2012 Nike Nationals title this past summer.
Academic excellence: Davis has maintained a 3.39 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a peer tutor, youth basketball instructor and church youth camp counselor, Davis has volunteered for the Art for Life Foundation as well as Beat the Odds and the Let’s Move South Memphis 5K.
“Nina is a player who does not mind giving her all for her team,” said Wanda Hunt, coach at rival East (Memphis, Tenn.). “I have watched her since ninth grade develop into a great leader with a great attitude and a love for the game of basketball. She has the ability to play the 2, 3 and 4 positions, which makes it hard for other teams to defend her.”
THE FUTURE: Davis will play for Baylor.