Steph Davis, Class of 2020, 6’0, Pos: G, Proctor/New England Crusaders, COMMITTED TO: HOLY CROSS
When did you first start playing basketball?
I started playing basketball in 3rd grade.
What was your overall recruiting process like and what were some of the schools interested in you?
My recruiting process was pretty unique in the sense that I was injured at a critical time during my sophomore year winter and AAU seasons, around the time where the recruiting process picks up. I was really fortunate that I was offered at the camps that I attended prior to and after recovering from my injuries. After getting back on track, coaches got to see my growth as a player and my ability to compete at a high level. In the fall of my junior year a number schools had been in contact with me, and I was fortunate to receive offers from UVM, Sacred Heart, UNH, and Holy Cross.
Did your family, friends, ect play a role in your decision and how so?
For sure, I would say my parents played the biggest role in the process. They always want the best for me so when It came down to making the decision they were by my side and supported me every step of the way. My coaches have also played a large part in my decision making, especially my AAU coaches for the last 3 seasons, Kim and John Benzan. They have been great mentors and helped me develop a mature perspective as a player and a person. Junior Delahoz, my high school coach, has always encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone and find confidence in my abilities and where I see myself as a player. TJ Thompson, my trainer, helped think through the process. He has played a huge role in getting me to this point in my career.
IN the end, why did you choose Holy Cross?
I chose Holy Cross because it has an awesome reputation academically, and I will be close to home so friends and family can come to the games. I also want to make an impact as a player and see my team to a Patriot League championship!
What is your favorite memory of playing basketball growing up?
My favorite memory was the opportunity to attend the Nike Skills Academy in 8th grade, which was led by John Lucas, It was an eye opening experience! It helped me set my goals according to the expectations required to be successful at a high level. The Nike Skills Academy gave me a chance to play with and against some of the best players in the country, at my age level, as well as get exposure to great coaching and workshops. While I was there, Nike EYBL and Blue Star Nationals were going on, so I got my first glimpse of the intensity it takes to compete.
Any advice for players who are looking to play at the next level? (About recruiting process on and off court)
Just to live in the gym and work through adversity; when you feel like nothing is in your favor, that’s when you have to work that much harder towards your goal. It’s also important to maintain relationships, and find the positives in every situation. Seek ways to improve your game outside of basketball too, I learned that there is so much more to basketball than just the physical game. The mental game is just as important, so always find ways to improve your all around game - there is always something you can do better. If you’re sidelined by injury, use that opportunity to learn from the coaching and encourage your teammates.
How will your highschool team be this upcoming season? What are your goals entering your final season?
Proctor will be very competitive this year. We have new talent, who will play important roles for our team this season. We will face some challenges with one of our key players out on injury, but that just means everyone will have to step up and there will be opportunities to grow. My goal is for our team to win the Lakes Region and NEPSAC Class B Championships. I want to finish what we started last year.
What are you most excited for in your senior year?
I am excited to be a leader, face challenges, and continue to develop as a player. I’m looking forward to finishing strong in the classroom and on the court.
Now hear from Crusaders Head Coach, Kim Benzan, on what she had to say about Steph!
Where did you first see Steph play?
I first saw Steph play at a tryout. She was very athletic and had high energy. She stood out because she played incredibly hard. She was skilled, but lots of the players were skilled. She rebounded, she defended, played unselfishly and scored the ball. Most importantly, I loved how positive she was with the other girls at the tryout, most of whom she did not know.
What have you enjoyed most about coaching Steph?
Steph is fun to coach because 1. she is a great athlete with lots of skill; 2. She is intense, she does every drill as hard as she can and her focus is to get better and to help the team win; 3. finally, she is always kind and respectful to her teammates and coaches. Steph leads by example by being positive to all around her. This makes being in the gym with her fun!!
Tell me a little bit about Steph as a person off the court?
Steph's personality off the court is similar to what it is on the court. She is kind and respectful. She loves to play sports and compete. She has a great sense of humor and is fun to be around!
What are you most excited about seeing Steph do at the next level?
Steph is committed to attend my alma mater, The College of the Holy Cross. I think this is a great fit for Steph. Steph is a big guard who can shoot, handle the ball and rebound. I am excited to watch her impact the Holy Cross program immediately and help it compete for a Patriot League championship.
Any other thoughts?
Steph's passion for the game and work ethic are truly exceptional. As a result, Steph has been a star at every level and will continue to be one in college. In addition, she is a fantastic person and will add to the chemistry of Holy Cross' program.