Maori Davenport, who just completed her freshman season at Rutgers University, will transfer to the University of Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball program, head coach Joni Taylor announced on Wednesday.
Davenport, a 6-foot-4 center from Troy, Ala., will sit out the 2020-21 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“We are extremely happy to add Maori to our team,” head coach Joni Taylor said. “When you look at her, the first thing that jumps out is her size and athleticism. She was a highly recruited player coming out of high school who we have known for a really long time. Maori is a terrific young lady, and I can’t wait to welcome her to Athens.”
Coming out of Charles Henderson High School, Davenport was ranked as the No. 2 post prospect and the No. 15 overall recruit in last year’s class according to espnW. She was the runner-up Miss Basketball in the state of Alabama and a two-time Alabama Sports Writers Association First-Team All-State selection.
Davenport was also a second team USA Today All-USA Alabama honoree and played in the prestigious Jordan Brand Classic — a national all-star basketball game featuring the top high school boys and girls seniors in the country.
In addition, during the summer of 2018, she guided Team USA to the FIBA American U18 Championship in Mexico City, earning all-tournament honors. Davenport was then invited to participate in the 2019 USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team trials.
She was part of a Rutgers team that finished 22-9 overall and in fifth place of the Big 10 Conference standings behind top-25 squads Maryland, Northwestern, Iowa and Indiana. Davenport played in 29 games total last season and averaged 9.9 minutes played per contest.