By Dave Morrison
MULLENS – Over her career at Wyoming East, Skylar Davidson was able to watch teammates like Gabby Lupardus, Emily Saunders and Jazz Blankenship sign to continue their prestigious careers on the college level.
Thursday at the Mullens American Legion, Davidson joined the notable college signees from the Lady Warriors basketball program.
“I always looked forward to having my own signing after going to theirs,” Davidson said. “They set the standard. It was really inspiring to to watch them do it. It made me want to do it myself.
And Thursday night she did.
Davidson signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Glenville.
“Glenville was a place that felt like home when I first went up there,” Davidson said. “They play the right style that I play. They’re always play up and down, a real defensive team and obviously that’s how I work.
“The coach up there, coach Kim (Stephens)is awesome. She was always so good to me.
In fact, Glenville jumped right to the fore as soon as she arrived to visit the campus.
“As soon as I went up there I knew they were like the top pick, so the decision wasn’t that hard because they made it feel so much different than all the other schools.”
A Class AA first-team all-stater as a junior, Davidson last season led the Warriors in scoring (14.9 ppg) and was second in the team with 38 3s. She also averaged 8.4 assists, 4.8 steals and 3.5 rebounds per game in earning first-team all-state honors.
With all five starters back Wyoming East, which lost in the regional championship game at PikeView, Davidson is expecting big things this season.
Right now the season start date has been pushed back to March 1 but there is hope that a plan can be established to get practice started a little earlier.
“It’s honestly heartbreaking,” she said. “We can’t do really anything. It’s my senior season. It’s the one season we really make a big push this year, and it’s being taken away from us. We’re just praying that we get a little bit of a season, enough time to compete.”
During her career Davidson has appeared in 56 games, averaging 11 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 steals and 3.4 rebounds per game. She has 615 career points and 83 3s.
Davidson missed all but seven games as a freshman with a torn ACL suffered against rival Westside, a phase she used to hone her game.
“During my rehab I really just waned to fix my mental game,” Davidson said. “I felt like I wasn’t mentally strong enough to play (in high school). I really fixed that. I became strong mentally out on the court. It helped me a lot more physically than I thought it would. I got in the best shape I’d ever been in after doing that.”
She is from a basketball family. Here dad Ryan was a standout at Mullens and her older brother Logan played at Wyoming East. Her younger brother Keegan is a rising star currently in middle school.
So, who is best?
“Right now I think I’m tops but Keegan will probably take my spot,” Davidson said.
Even if you through in her dad?
“Oh yes,” she said, laughing.
Playing at Mountain East Conference member Glenville State could give Davidson a chance to go up against former teammate Jazz Blankenship, who plays at Concord.
“Obviously it is going to be hard to to play against Jazz because she is one of my best friends,” Davidson said. “But it will be cool just to see her out there. But it will be different playing against her.”
Davison said she hopes to play when she arrives at Division 2 nationally ranked Glenville.
“I just really want to make a run up there and make a statement as a freshman,” she said.