Updated: March 16, 2015, 2:34 AM ET

Nina Davis always in right place

By Mechelle Voepel | espnW.com

Nina DavisAP Photo/Tony GutierrezAn undersized post with the skills of a guard, Nina Davis is averaging 21.1 points and 8.4 rebounds.

WACO, Texas -- There's a quality that exists among certain basketball players that really can't quite be attributed to their size, or quickness, or even skill level. And that is their magnetism to the basketball. Or vice versa.

It seems almost freakish sometimes, doesn't it? In a good way, of course, for the people who have it. Although even they often can't explain it.

"I guess from playing for so long," Baylor forward Nina Davis said, "I just know where the ball is going next."

Well, that's not exactly it. She's only a sophomore, so we're not talking about a grizzled veteran. The bottom line is that Davis has a knack for being where the ball is, and we're probably never going to be completely sure how she does it.

But it's something that Baylor assistant coach Bill Brock noticed when he was recruiting the 5-foot-11 Davis.

"I kept watching Nina the summer before her senior year," Brock said, "and the thing that kept intriguing me about her was she was always around the basketball. Obviously, a lot of people thought she was too small. But I just threw that out of the equation and reversed my thinking: Instead of talking about her deficiencies, let's talk about what she can do."

Turns out that there is plenty to say in that regard. Davis, the Big 12's top freshman last season, recently was named the league's player of the year for 2014-15. She's been the Big 12 tournament's most outstanding player both seasons.
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Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women's college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women's basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.

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