Rennia Davis has a bright future ahead of her.
Coming off an incredibly successful collegiate career at the University of Tennessee where she averaged 15.4 points and eight rebounds over the course of her four years with the team, Davis finished top 10 in just about every statistical category imaginable in Tennessee history including scoring, rebounds, and double-doubles. Her performance during the 2020-2021 campaign earned her the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year, and she was subsequently drafted 9th by the Minnesota Lynx in this yearâs draft.
ONE37pm: Okay letâs start by taking it back to the University of Tennessee where you established yourself as one of the best womenâs college basketball players in the country. What was that like for you?
Davis: Honestly, my time at Tennessee was not how I was expecting it to go. It was definitely a grind! It feels good now looking back, but it wasnât easy. Teams played us harder because we were âTennessee.â Weâve won eight national championships, and our name holds a lot of weight. I remember we played Kentucky my sophomore year, and they beat us. They were sort of rubbing in our faces like âyeah we beat Tennessee.â We were getting the best of teams every night, so it does feel good now.
ONE37pm: Draft Night is a defining moment for every athlete. Unfortunately, it was virtual like last year, but what was it like to hear your name called?
Davis: It wasnât unfortunate for me at all! I got to be around my family and it was more of an intimate setting. It still would have been a special moment if I had been there, but to have all the people that love and care about me was great. You know this was my dream, and it was a really good feeling. A different energy for sure!
ONE37pm: Where would you say you are right now in terms of recovery on a scale of 1-10?
Davis: Iâm not gonna lieâI’m very close to a 1, but itâs my doctorâs orders. I canât rush this process at all.
ONE37pm: Absolutely! Donât rush it at all because youâve got plenty of time. On another note, what have you been doing to make the most of your time off?
Davis: Iâve been doing a lot of big things! Iâm trying to stay involved in the game without necessarily having a basketball in my hands. Iâve been interacting with my supporters in different ways, and Iâve been focused on trying to build my actual brand with Distinction, my marketing agency. Iâm working on my logo, and I am going to have t-shirts dropping soon. I also plan on starting a weekly live session, and obviously starting off it will be with people that I know in the league. Iâm still very much involved with my teammates and the league, and Iâm also starting a five meal in five days program. The first meal actually came out this week! I eventually would like to own a restaurant because I have other passions and dreams too.