DURHAM, N.C. – A star middle infielder from Cerritos, Calif., is the newest member of Duke softball’s 13th-ranked 2018 signing class, as head coach Marissa Young has announced the signing of Deja Davis.
“I chose Duke because here, I can get the best of both worlds as far as athletics and academics,” Davis said.
Davis will make her way to Durham as one of the top players from The Golden State, as she has twice been named All-League and was tabbed Offensive MVP her sophomore season after leading Gahr High School to a second-straight league title.
Despite only playing two games her junior year due to injury, Davis has still put up impressive numbers heading into her senior season with the Gladiators. Over her three seasons, Davis has posted 99 hits, 87 runs scored and has stolen 56 bases. She posted a batting averages of .424 and .500 her first two years, with .525 and .616 slugging percentages. She also raised her on-base clip from .500 to .570 from year one to two.
Even with only play in a pair of games last season, Davis still made an impact, tallying three runs on six hits and a stolen base as the Gladiators raced on to their third-straight league title. The first two league crowns featured a Davis that was lethal at the plate, in the field and on the base paths.
Davis opened her high school career in dominant fashion, posting impressive numbers off the bat to lead Gahr to a league championship and a fifth-place finish in California Interscholastic Federation playoffs. The infielder racked up 53 runs scored, 50 hits and 31 stolen bases with .424/.525/.500 (BA/SLG/OBP) averages.
She upped her game in year two en route to earning Offensive MVP and CIF Division Three Second Team honors, increasing all three averages with a .500 clip, .616 slugging percentage and .570 OBP and tallying 43 hits, 31 runs and 24 stolen bases. Davis also showcased her dominance in the field, posting a .928 fielding percentage.
On the club side, Davis has been a member of the Ohana Tigers since 2015. Her leadership has paced the Tigers to a number of successes, highlighted by a first place finish in the 2017 USSSA Nationals while being tabbed the most valuable player on offense. The 2017 campaign also saw the Tigers post a top five finish in the Colorado IDT Tournament, finish as runner up in the TCS World Series amd reach the PGF Nationals for the second-straight season.
Davis’ success does not stop at the field. In the classroom, Davis has been a stud as well, twice being named Scholar Athlete of the Quarter. She is also not the first in her family to attend Duke, as her third cousin Jeanette Llorens graduated in 2016 and was a member of the Duke rowing program from 2012-16.
Favorite Softball Memory?
“Battling back with my team after losing our first bracket game and then playing eight games in two days to win the USSSA Nationals.”
How Did You Get Started Playing Softball?
“I got a flyer at school for local softball tryouts and asked my mom to take me. I have been playing the sport ever since then.”
Who Has Made The Biggest Impact On Your Life?
“My mom, with her unwavering support and strength throughout my life.”
Goals Upon Graduation?
“To make a difference.”
“Drawing, painting and cooking.”
If You Could Play Any Other Sport In College You Would Pick?
“Track and field.”
Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?
“To always have fun while playing softball.”
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