GIRLS BASKETBALL: Davenport quite a dandy for Clarkston, keeps getting better |
CLARKSTON – After a breakout sophomore season on the local prep girls hardwood, everyone knew all-state forward Erika Davenport was ready to wreak havoc this winter in her junior year at Clarkston.
With several standout players from last year’s Clarkston squad that won a league and district title returning, all eyes have been on Davenport and her Wolves, since the 2013-2014 campaign tipped off last month.
And the star power forward hasn’t disappointed once bit.
The 6-foot-1 Davenport has been lighting up the stat book so far this season, going crazy in thr double-double department. Her team is 6-1.
In her most recent outing, she overcame first half foul trouble to tally 18 points and 14 rebounds in a comeback win over Stoney Creek back on Friday.
During the offseason, Davenport made improvements to her perimeter game, while still continuing to add to her skill set in the post, becoming an even more complete player than she already is.
“My outside game has gotten better and I'm still working on adding to my post moves,” she said. “I think my defense has improved and things like passing and my leadership ability has gotten better as well. I'm pretty happy with how things are going overall.”
Clarkston head coach Tim Wasilk said that he’s seen Davenport continue to come up huge for his team in a number of ways.
“The big thing with Erika that I’ve seen isn’t just in leadership, but in stepping up her game, not only inside, but on the perimeter as well,” he said. “She’s very good at handling the ball on the outside and she’s a very good passer who can push the ball up the floor for us. So it’s nice to have her work inside and out, which has been huge for us, where last year and the year before she was more of an inside player, so that’s been beneficial for us.”
Last month, Davenport put together a career performance, netting 34 points, while grabbing 18 rebounds for the Wolves in a 65-62 win over Chicago Bogan. She also put in a 27-point, 17-rebound effort in an early-season win over Macomb Dakota.
Wasilk said that with Davenport being one of, if not the area’s top rebounders, it gives his club a significant advantage
“It’s huge, because that cleans up second chance opportunities for other teams,” he said. “She is relentless on the boards and when she’s really getting after it, she’s pretty tough to stop. She’s worked really hard in the offseason, playing on the AAU circuit and you can really see that her game has moved to a new level.”
With Clarkston losing team captains Delaney Kenney and Erin Davenport (her older sister) to graduation last, Davenport has started to embrace her leadership role more and more as the season has gone on.
“It’s different,” she said. “I’m not used to it yet, but I’m still working on it and I think I’m getting there to where I can fill that role.
The potential and dedication she shows has college recruiters drooling. She already has a number of Division I scholarship offers currently in her back pocket.
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