Domonique Davis enters her junior season with one less thing to worry about as she focuses on getting to the state championship.
The DeRidder point guard committed to play basketball at Louisiana State University on Saturday.
"When they first started recruiting me, I got a family vibe right off the bat with the team and the coaches," Davis said. "It felt like home.
"I think it's amazing that I get to play in the top level of college and get to stay in my home state."
Davis had offers from Louisiana-Lafayette and Grambling and interest from other major colleges before making her college decision.
"They liked my leadership ability on the court and how I can run the point guard spot," Davis said. "They liked that I can get my shot anytime I wanted but I could also get my teammates involved.
"I need to work on the confidence in my jump shot and just getting better, all around."
While sometimes the recruiting process can be stressful for an athlete, Davis, with the help of her parents, brother and family friends, embraced the process of schools reaching out to her.
"I enjoyed it a lot. I've never had anyone in my family or friends that went through it. I was really embracing it all," Davis said. "I never felt pressured to choose a school but it was fun to me, talking to new people and meeting everybody."
With her college decision made, Davis, who was a first-team all-state selection last season, can focus on her junior year and getting to the state championship.
"I don't think it was important, but I think it was cool I got to do it now because all I have to focus on is getting better and trying to win a title in high school since I'm set for college," Davis said.
Davis averaged 18 points per game last year, and DeRidder went 27-6 last year and lost to state champion A.J. Ellener in the semifinals. With that in mind, the Dragons' goal for the 2017-18 season is to get a step further.
"Our goal is to build off of that and get passed that at state," Davis said. "We want to get to the championship game this time."