Reigning Class AAAAA Player of the Year Erykah Davenport signed with Miami (FL) and twin sisters, Naima and Nuba Jackson, signed with Winthrop last Wednesday.
“I didn’t plan on committing after my first visit because everyone was telling me don’t commit yet--go to all of your visits,” Davenport said. “But then I had that feeling and my friends who committed before me were like when you get that feeling you will definitely know.”
“We chose Winthrop because it had an excellent academic environment,” Naima Jackson said. “We met some of the players and they were really good people. They were well-rounded young ladies and we could respect the fact that the college held a certain academic stature which was up to our standards.”
Nuba and Naima Jackson were also considering Mercer and Yale, and Davenport turned down offers from Georgia, Texas A&M, NC State and Florida State.
“They are a special set of twins,” Davenport said. “They bring a lot to the team. Without them we would not be where we are. I’m really looking forward to this final season with them.”
“We’ve been playing together and against each other since I first started playing basketball,” Nuba Jackson. “I’m so happy I got to share this experience with both of them.”
This is the first time three Tucker basketball players signed Division-I scholarships in the same season.
The Lady Tigers opened the season with a 66-48 rout of Paideia last Friday. But a day later, they lost in overtime 57-56 to St. Francis. Davenport is averaging 18 points and nearly 12 rebounds and Nuba Jackson is averaging 10 points.
Tucker aims to rebound today against North Gwinnett.
“I feel that we are more than equipped to go all the way this season,” Naima Jackson said.