Clackamas player Jazzy Davidson named Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year
Now that's what you call a debut.
Indeed, Clackamas freshman Jazzy Davidson made a debut like no other in 2021-22.
Davidson, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward on the Cavaliers girls basketball team, showed that she was ready to compete with Oregon's best players during her inaugural high school season.
She showed it during the regular season when she was named Player of the Year for the Mt. Hood Conference and led Clackamas to an MHC co-championship.
And she showed it again in the playoffs when she led the Cavaliers to third place in the Class 6A state tournament and won a berth on the all-tournament first team. In the 6A tourney, Davidson averaged 11.3 points per game, grabbed 7.7 rebounds (third-best in the tournament) and led the way with 2.7 blocked shots per contest.
In recognition of her many achievements, Davidson has been honored as the Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year for 2021-22.
"I feel very grateful and honored," Davidson said. "I feel like it is a great reflection of how hard my team works, and of my teammates who help me be a playmaker on the team."
Davidson's efforts — obviously — have not gone unnoticed.
"Jazzy basically did it all against us," said Mountainside head coach Glen Lee. "She's long and athletic, covers a lot of ground and is a nightmare for anyone that Clackamas plays. I love how explosive she is."
"Jazzy Davidson … has the potential to be the best player in the history of the state," South Medford coach Tom Cole told the Medford Mail-Tribune early in the year. "I've seen some great freshman players who have come out through our state, with Cameron Brink and Mercedes Russell and Evina Westbrook and Jordan Reynolds and Jaime Nared ... but I have never seen a freshman who is as poised and as gifted as she is as a freshman."
In her first high school season, Davidson led the Cavaliers to a 27-3 overall record and a third-place finish in the Class 6A state tournament. Through 26 games, she averaged 22.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.1 steals, 2.7 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. Davidson also recorded nine double-doubles on the season and has been recognized as an ESPN.com Class of 2025 Rising Star.
Despite all that, she knows there's still room to improve and more work to be done.
"I have a lot of (room for) improvement in all areas of my game, but I am really focusing on being more consistent on shooting (from 3-point range), attacking the right side and finishing with my right hand," Davidson said.
In addition to her work on the court, Davidson also works in the classroom, maintaining a 3.78 GPA.
Further, Davidson is a member of the Clackamas High Athletic Leadership Council and has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.