Amber Anderson | Staff Writer
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The vision is clear and bright for Hampton University commit Victoria Davis, as she is one step closer to becoming a McDonald’s All-American athlete. Davis is living out a dream of many high school athletes. Along with more than 900 other high school basketball players across the country, she has been nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Game.
The McDonald’s All-American Game has maintained a reputation for a difficult selective process. The names of the athletes have to be submitted and approved by a wide variety of judges. They include high school coaches, high school athletic directors, high school principals and McDonald’s All-American Games Selection Committee Members. What surprises people the most is there isn’t a set number on the amount of the nominees throughout the country.
Once the voting committees cast their vote, 24 young women will have the opportunity to become a McDonald’s All-American. If selected, she will be playing with some of the best of the best on April 1 at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Hampton students are excited to have Davis be a part of the Hampton family next season. Lanece Carpenter, a first-year player, believes that Davis could play a huge role in helping to make Hampton’s Lady Pirates basketball team a notable name.
“Having an All-American girl play for Hampton will be a great achievement for Hampton, especially with the recruitment process,” Carpenter said. “It’ll help in putting Hampton on the map, considering the recent transition to the Big South Conference and allow the university to begin to dominate the conference in multiple sports.”
Not only is she one step closer to becoming an All-American athlete, but she is on her way to becoming a 6A state champion again with her teammates at Hamilton high school in Chandler, Arizona.
Davis believes that it’s a team effort in order to find success. In an interview last month with the East Valley Tribune, Davis spoke about how she and her teammates have a clear understanding of what they need to do in order to win another state championship.
“We lost a few seniors that had a big role, so it’s more stepping up to the plate, taking their position and still leading the team to state,” Davis said. “We know we still have most of the same people, and we know we can do it, it’s just doing the right things to get there.”
With her current mindset focused on hard work, there is little doubt about whether Davis succeeds as a Lady Pirate.