AVON — Sierra Davidson has been a big part of the resurgence of Avon basketball the past three seasons. Now she wants to be a part of Cleveland’s comeback.
On Wednesday, Davidson committed to playing college basketball at Cleveland State University. After spending time at the school’s downtown Cleveland campus Tuesday, Davidson knew that was where she wanted to be.
“When I visited Cleveland State, the campus was great and everyone I met was so great that it made me decide I wanted to stay home,” Davidson said. “When I saw how the campus is growing and how Cleveland is growing I really wanted to stay and be a part of that. With LeBron James coming back and the Republican National Convention coming, there are so many great things happening in Cleveland, why not take advantage of the chance to stay here and be a part of something special?”
Davidson said she also had offers from Kent State and the University of Detroit Mercy, one of Cleveland State’s Horizon League foes. She also visited Colgate, located in central New York.
Although she originally wanted to go out of state for school, Davidson is happy she will now be nearby to follow the careers of her sisters, Shay and Amari, who will be Avon students this fall.
“I’ve been really close with my sisters growing up and it will be great to be able to come back and watch them play,” she said. “I’m also excited that I will be able to continue to follow the Avon program that has been such a big part of my life.”
So excited to say I have decided to be a Viking and have verbally committed to Cleveland State! http://t.co/rT3rPEBSRK
— Sierra Davidson (@cici_davidson) August 6, 2014
Davidson was the leading rebounder for the Eagles last season, averaging nearly eight per game. She also averaged eight points a game and shot 45 percent from the field and was a big reason the team went 17-7 and advanced to the Division I district semifinals. With almost the entire roster returning in 2014-15, Davidson is excited for a big senior season.
“This was always Sierra’s dream, to play college basketball,” Avon coach Meghan Larrick said. “She is one of the hardest workers I have ever coached. She spends countless hours on her own working on her game. I am so proud of her. I am also happy she was able to get this process completed early so she can enjoy her senior year.”
Davidson, a two-time All-Lorain County and All-West Shore Conference selection, shared her coach’s joy that the recruiting process is complete.
“Now I can focus on winning the West Shore Conference with my team and enjoying my senior year,” she said. “Every year we’ve done a little bit better than the year before. This year we’re looking for that big bang. Last year some things really started to go well, we had a good summer together and I think we’ll pick right up where we ended last year.”
While Davidson is happy for her team success at Avon, she gave much of the credit for her personal growth to the time spent with her SMAC Elite AAU team and its coach, Andre Gault.
“None of my success would have been possible without them,” she said.
Davidson, who plans to major in psychology, is already looking forward to becoming a Viking.
“I just fell in love with the campus when I was down there on Tuesday,” she sais. “I have never seen that part of the city before. What they have done with the dorms and all the facilities are really nice, it’s a great campus.”
She also has built a relationship with Cleveland State coach Kate Peterson Abiad and the rest of the Vikings coaching staff.
“Coach Peterson Abiad and her staff have just been great to me,” she said. “So have assistant coaches (Bernard) Scott, (Darryl) Brown and (Brittany) Korth. I’m grateful for the opportunity they have given me not only to continue playing the sport that I love but also to get school paid for and be in a great atmosphere surrounded by great people.”
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