August 9, 2020 is the day the Huskies Women’s Basketball program officially announced that Washington is back as a prominent brand in PAC-12 recruiting circles.
Head Coach Jody Wynn and her staff pulled off a recruiting coup that seemed impossible a mere 2 months ago by receiving a commitment from highly regarded wing/forward Marisa Davis-Jones, a former Duke commit.
Marisa Davis-Jones (Valley Vista HS (AZ) is a tough 6’2″ slashing high-flying wing that likes to penetrate the lane off-the-dribble and use her shooting touch, superior athleticism and long arms to creatively operate around the basket.
Marisa led Valley Vista to the Arizona high school championship. She is the #2 ranked player in Arizona per Prep Girls Hoops
The commitments of Davis-Jones rounds out a stellar 2021 class that will raise University of Washington women’s basketball to another level talent-wise.
This Huskies 2021 recruiting class — Marisa Davis-Jones combined with the highly regarded 4-star Top 100 talents, Jess Finney; Avery Van Sickle; and the severely underrated AJ Marotte (whom I believe is a Top 60/4-star talent) — will easily rank as one of the most talented freshman classes ever at Washington.
Van Sickle is a 4-star recruit that is rated #84 by ESPN and ranked #57 by ProspectsNation.
Jess Finney is rated a 4-star by ProspectsNation, as well as Marotte receiving a 4-star by ProspectsNation.
(For comparison, the Huskies 2013 recruiting class included McDonald’s All-American Kelsey Plum, ranked #26 by ESPN as a 4-star with a 95 grade, as well as ESPN Top 100 players Brianna Ruiz; and Chantel Osahor, both with a 93 grade.
Davis-Jones should mesh well with the impressive list of Washington 2021 recruits — ie., shooting/combo guard Avery Van Sickle, point/combo guard Jess Finney and wing AJ Marotte — that can play off her athletic ability and skills.
The reunification of Jess Finney with fellow Arizonan Davis-Jones in Husky purple is something that should have Huskies fans salivating, i.e., both players bring a creative approach to fastbreak/transition offense with Jess Finney looking both for her shot as well as the opportunity to create a better shot for teammates, while Davis-Jones is an elite finisher that can go all the way to the basket over defenders or pull up to use her leaping ability and touch around the basket.
By adding Marisa Davis-Jones, the Huskies will immediately increase their athleticism and explosiveness both offensively and defensively — a match made in Dawg basketball heaven.