State champion and gold medalist Maori Davenport commits to C. Vivian Stringer and Rutgers

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Rutgers recruit Maori Davenport has won a state title and a gold medal in the past year.

Maori Davenport, a 6-foot-4 forward and the No. 15 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 for the 2019 class, has committed to Rutgers.

Davenport is set to become C. Vivian Stringer's highest-ranked prospect since Tyler Scaife in 2013. Scaife finished her career second in scoring for the Scarlet Knights, with 2,233 points.

"She is the reason I chose Rutgers. It's just that simple," Davenport said of Stringer. "I'm excited to be in her plans and her vision for me."

Davenport averaged 18.2 points, 12.0 rebounds, 5.1 blocks and 1.7 assists as a junior last season and led Charles Henderson (Troy, Alabama) to the first girls basketball state title in school history. Over the summer, she helped lead the United States to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Mexico City. She was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 7.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.

Look for Davenport, who also considered Mississippi State, Louisville and Georgia, to make an early impact at Rutgers. She has superior mobility that allows her to defend numerous positions. Add a feathery touch, and she can score in a variety of ways.

Stringer also has a verbal commitment from Joiya Maddox, a 5-foot-10 guard out of Hoover, Alabama. The early signing period opens Nov. 14.

Six of the top 10 prospects in the 2019 class -- No. 1 Haley Jones, No. 3 Aliyah Boston, No. 7 Zia Cooke, No. 8 Aijha Blackwell, No. 9 Rickea Jackson and No. 10 Laeticia Amihere -- are still undeclared.

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