SPOTYS Recap – From Lower Hutt to Sweet Home Alabama

Story courtesy of College Sport Media 

Jyordanna Davey was the College Sport Wellington Basketball player of the year despite Sacred Heart College being narrowly pipped in the CSW Premier Girls Sharp Trophy final by Queen Margaret College 74-72.

Davey was the top points scorer in the decider with 29 points, a typically inspired display by the forward who mauls over the result.

“It hurts. It was a really competitive game we could have won,” Davey admitted.

“We went into the final as favorites but had an easier game after lockdown before the final that might have hurt us. QMC really prepared for us. Congratulations, they deserve it. I know a lot of those girls from the reps and they’re good players.”

Few are better than Jyordanna. The athletic forward, standing over six foot, has developed the ability to score inside and out while defending all five positions – most damaging when shot-blocking and preventing others from getting inside.

She started playing basketball when she was 12, at 5 ft 9 she was well suited for hoops. She was a representative player the following season with 2018 a major breakthrough when she was MVP and captain of the Capital Under-15 team that won the National title.

“I played netball and basketball at Wainuiomata but decided to focus exclusively on basketball in Year 11.”

The Wainuiomata netball MVP soon flourished. For the past three seasons she has been a member of the Wellington Under 17 team who’ve been runners up at the National championships – twice beaten by a more resourced Waikato juggernaut. She has attended a number of Steven Adams Basketball camps, representing the Hutt Valley and Rongomaiwahine. In 2019 she toured Utah and was photographed alongside an opponent standing 6 ft 8.

Davey will return to the United States on scholarship in ten months time taking up a position with Auburn University, the same institution superstar Charles Barkely attended. Auburn is in the heart of Alabama, America’s deep south.

“I’m really excited to be going to Auburn. It’s going to be a bit nervous at first because the culture is different, but there’s another Kiwi coming with me and I think we’ll have a good team.

“Although I’m tall in New Zealand, I’ll only be average size in America so I think I’ll play more as a shooting guard so I’ll be working on my speed and shooting in the summer.”

The Capital Swish member this year received the Tania Dalton Foundation scholarship which aims to assist 12 high achievers in their sporting endeavours. Over a three-year period Davey will receive financial assistance, one-on-one mentoring support and personal development opportunities.”

Tanya Dalton was a high profile sports commentator who tragically passed in 2017. She won a World Championship with the Silver Ferns in 2003.