NEW BRITAIN - The Central Connecticut State womenâ€™s basketball team is relying heavily on its veteran core this season, returning a load of returning contributorâ€™s from last yearâ€™s group, including its top-three scores.
But on Tuesday, the Blue Devils took a step towards building their foundation for the future, and the next generation the program hopes will continue rebuilding CCSU into a conference contender.
Interim head coach Kerri Reaves announced the signing of two members to the program, who will both join as freshmen for the 2021-22 season. Nina Davy and Amaya Williams, both out-of-state recruits, represent the two incoming contributors.
Davy, a 5-foot-11 wing player who is currently in her senior year at National Cathedral School in Washington D.C., announced her commitment to the Blue Devils back on Sept. 13 before Reaves officially announced the signing this week.
"I am beyond excited to have someone like Nina join our program," Reaves said. "She is a tremendous leader both on and off the court. Nina's athleticism and ability to play multiple positions makes her a perfect fit for our system. She is a tremendous offensive rebounder, explosive off the dribble and has a very competitive spirit. I cannot wait to see Nina in blue and white."
Davy will be the third member of her family to play college basketball. She also played in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.
Williams, a 5-foot-5 point guard from Nottingham High School in Syracuse, New York, hopes to anchor the CCSU backcourt for years to come.
"Exciting is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Amaya," Reaves said. "She has a great ability to score at all three levels and lead the team from the point guard position. She has been coached hard throughout her high school and AAU career, and has never backed down. She is a tenacious defender that has the ability to impact the game on both ends of the court.Â And above all, she does it with a smile on her face and an encouraging word for her teammates."
Williams was named MVP of her high school team and is already a 1,000-point scorer, as well as a member of the National Honors Society. Just the 17thÂ player in Nottingham history to reach 1,000 points, Williams averaged nearly 13 points per game as a sophomore before taking a leap in her junior year, averaging over 20 points per game and leading her team to the state quarterfinals. She had announced her verbal commitment over the summer.
The Blue Devils of the present are still working on improving this season, and have already taken productive steps in that direction with two conference wins. They resume play on Jan. 7 against Bryant in New Britain.
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