West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Mike Carey announced the signing of two-time junior college All-American Naomi Davenport to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) for the 2017-18 season.
Davenport spent her last two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native helped the Cardinals to consecutive national runner-up finishes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Tournament in 2016 and 2017. She was named a unanimous First Team All-American by the NCJAA and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) this season. As a freshman, she earned NJCAA All-America Second Team and WBCA All-America First Team.
“We’re really excited to get Naomi,” coach Carey said. “She gives us a big time offensive threat on the perimeter. We think she will come in and contribute immediately to our program. We feel we’re going to be very deep on the perimeter now and do a lot of things we were unable to do last year.”
The six-foot sophomore guard averaged 16.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game as a sophomore. She ranked seventh nationally with 100 made three-pointers, ninth with 98 steals and 13th in the NJCAA with 208 made field goals. She reached double-figure scoring in 31 of 35 games and three double-doubles. She scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a win at Angelina on Feb. 22. Davenport tallied 20 points and shot 50 percent (8-of-16) from the field in the Cardinals’ 68-66 win over Shelton State in the NJCAA Division I national semifinals. As a freshman, Davenport averaged 14.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest. She scored double-figures in 27 games and reached the 30-point plateau twice.
Prior to her arrival at Trinity Valley, she originally signed a NLI at the University of Michigan for the 2015 class.
As a prep standout at Mount Notre Dame in Cincinnati, Davenport was named a two-time Girls Greater Catholic League (GCL) Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015. She was also a three-time All-GGCL First Team selection.
Davenport averaged 17.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Cougars in the regular season during her senior campaign, guiding the Cougars (24-3) to the Division I regional runner-up. Davenport was named to the Associated Press Division I All-Ohio Third Team in 2015.
As a junior at Mount Notre Dame, she averaged 18.9 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 2.9 assists and 1.1 blocks per game as MND went 17-7. She was named to the All-Ohio Division I second team following her junior season. Coming out of high school, the McDonalds All-America nominee was listed as the No. 3 forward in her class by Prospects Nation and was tabbed the 18th best player in her position and 76th overall by ESPN HoopGurlz in 2015. Davenport played AAU basketball for the Cincinnati Angels, which won a national title during her tenure.
Davenport joins three others who signed their NLIs last fall to join the program next season: Destiny Harden (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park), Ashley Jones (Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann and Goretti Catholic) and Makayla Stanley (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen).