DURHAM, N.C.- Duke University women's basketball head coach Joanne P. McCallie announced Monday the signing of graduate transfer Bego Faz Davalos. Davalos will transfer from Fresno State where she played the past three seasons and will have one year of eligibility at Duke in 2017-18.
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Bego and her family to the Duke family,” said McCallie. “Bego is a tremendous person, a great student and a terrific basketball player who loves to play physically, can rebound aggressively, likes to block shots, and scores consistently as well. She had a fabulous career at Fresno State. Bego will join Becca and Lexie in the MMS program at Fuqua.”
A 6-3 center from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Davalos is one of the top shot blockers in the nation swatting 346 shots over the last three seasons with Fresno State. The reigning two-time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, Davalos is coming off averaging 14.6 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals as a junior. Her 3.5 blocks ranked third nationally, while her 11.2 rebounds were seventh and 21 double-doubles ranked fourth.
Davalos is also a two-time All-Mountain West Team and Mountain West All-Defensive Team selection. She holds five Fresno State records (three season records and two career records) along with eight Mountain West records (five season records, one career record and two single-game record). Davalos became the 23rd player in Bulldog history to reach 1,000 career points this past year.
She enters her senior season as the NCAA active leader in blocks (346), rebounds (896) and double-doubles (37). Davalos has also collected two triple-doubles over her career.
As a sophomore, Davalos averaged 12.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 33 contests. Her 136 blocked shots and 4.0 per game average both led the nation.
Davalos will graduate from Fresno State May 20 with a degree in business administration marketing. She was a 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and will enroll in the MMS Program at the Duke Fuqua School of Business in July.