Highly ranked Michigan prep joining Bluder's Hawks

Ryan Murken

The Iowa women's basketball team got some news on the recruiting front last week with the verbal commitment of Goodrich, Mich., junior Alexis Sevillian.

Iowa got more good news from a suddenly familiar face this week.

Top 40 national recruit Tania Davis became the second player from Goodrich High School to commit to Iowa in the last week when she gave a verbal pledge to join the Hawkeyes beginning in 2015.

Goodrich sophomore Tania Davis forced a turnover and scores on a layup against Haslett, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, during overtime in the regional tournament in Jackson.  Goodrich won 49-42.  [Photo March 5, 2013 by MATTHEW DAE SMITH | for the Lansing State Journal]

ESPN ranks the 5-foot-4 Davis as the 37th best player in its Class of 2015.

"My decision was totally independent of that, but it's still nice," Davis said of Sevillian committing to Iowa. "Obviously, it's a bonus that she is going there, but I made my decision on my own."

Davis is the reigning Associated Press Class B player of the year in Michigan and picked Iowa from a long list of Division I offers.

Davis held offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Houston, Texas-El Paso, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Western Michigan, but the lure of playing in the Big Ten and a relationship with the Iowa coaching staff drew Davis to the Hawkeyes.

"I really like the coaches at Iowa, and coming up, I always wanted to play in the Big Ten," Davis said. "Watching Michigan and Michigan State and the other teams in person and then knowing that the Big Ten has its own network that made it even better for me."

Davis helped Goodrich to back-to-back state titles as a freshman and sophomore including a 28-0 mark during her freshman season.

Last year as a junior, Davis averaged 19.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.2 steals while helping Goodrich to a 22-3 record and a spot in the regional final.

The point guard already has eclipsed the 1,000 point mark and is closing in on the school record of 1,492.

Davis and Sevillian, a 5-foot-6 junior guard who committed to join the Hawkeyes in 2016, will try to add a state title this season before continuing their careers together at Iowa.

"Of course it's exciting to have her commit, I love playing with Alexis," Davis said. "She is an amazing teammate, and I look forward to playing with her for another three or four years."

Davis is Iowa's third known commitment for 2015 joining Sioux Falls Roosevelt forward Tagyn Larson and 6-foot-3 Megan Gustafson of South Shore High School in Port Wing, Wisc.

Iowa is coming off a season in which it tied for the second most wins in program history with 27.

Iowa led the Big Ten in scoring a season ago at 78.2 points per game while reaching the NCAA tournament for a conference-best seventh consecutive time.

"I can't wait to play there," Davis said. "I like the way they play. That was another reason I wanted to commit to Iowa."

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