Spoto senior DeAndra Davis, one of the top girls basketball players in Hillsborough County, has committed to North Carolina A&T.
Davis transferred to Spoto from Armwood this year, following her mother, new Spoto girls basketball coach Mareka Davis, who was hired over the summer.
DeAndra Davis was a Times Hillsborough County first-team selection last season, averaging 13.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.6 steals a game for a Hawks team that went 21-5 last season.
“DeAndra is a senior now and there are times when players reach a certain level in high school where there’s not a whole lot more than let her than let her play,” Mareka Davis said. “I think she’s at that point.”
She committed to NC A&T last month. She was being recruited about 22 schools, including Virginia Commonweath, North Florida, UCF, Western Kentucky, Baylor and Florida State. She will sign her letter of intent next month.
Mareka Davis is well-known in the local girls basketball community. She is co-owner of the Florida Eagles girls basketball club, where she coached several Tampa youth basketball players.
Spoto went 5-13 last season, but along with DeAndra Davis, return power forward Brianna Thomas, the team’s top returning scorer, and will also have 6-foot-1 center Jordan Pate to make a promising frontline.
“You look over there and there’s a lot of hidden talent no one knew about,” Mareka Davis said. “This year we hope to bring it out.”
-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA, Times staff writer