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Rennia Davis

School

University of Tennessee

Position
Guard
Major
Master’s in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, Bachelor’s in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management
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Classroom

Davis is and has always been a very committed student, completing a college associate of arts degree while still in high school.

She earned a degree at Tennessee in only three years in hotel, restaurant and tourism management with a minor in business administration. After completing that degree in May 2020, Davis is working on a master’s in agricultural leadership, education, and communications.

She earned 2019-20 Chancellor’s Honors for Extraordinary Academic Achievement for her work in the classroom. Davis is a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and is in line for her third such honor this season.

Character

Due to her character and leadership potential, Davis was chosen for the 2019-20 VOLunteer Leaders Academy. By using their platform in sport, student-athletes admitted into the VOLeaders Academy learn how to positively impact their team, campus, and local and global communities. The program aims to inspire student-athletes to find ways to use their passion of sport and their influence to enact positive change that transcends their athletic success.

As part of that experience, Davis and her fellow VOLeaders would have had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines and immerse themselves in exercising their leadership and service capabilities. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 global health pandemic, that trip was cancelled. Davis, though, continues to impact her team, our university and the local community through her positive actions.

Community

Davis has logged over 50 hours of service in and around the Knoxville community over the last three-plus years. She has spent her free time serving at the Love Kitchen, a local soup kitchen in East Knoxville, visiting sick and injured patients at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and participating with the Lady Vol basketball team at the Hoops for Hope event supporting the Down Syndrome Awareness Group of East Tennessee.

She has also volunteered at the annual Community Holiday Meal, where student-athletes serve individuals from the Knoxville Area Rescue Mission a meal. Additionally, Davis has participated in the women’s basketball team’s annual Christmas party, cookie decorating and gift giving for a deserving family in the Knoxville area.

Competition

Davis earned All-America honorable mention honors in both 2018-19 and 2019-20. Likewise, she received All-SEC selections those two years, including first-team honors last season. An SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, she was also named UT Athletics’ VOLSCARS Female Rookie of the Year in 2018.

Prior to the start of the 2020-21 season, Davis was named to the Cheryl Miller Award, John. R Wooden Award, and Naismith Trophy Watch List for the third straight season. Davis is also on the Wade Trophy Watch List for a second time, and was a preseason All-SEC first team selection. In a recent WNBA mock draft, she was ranked as high as No. 2 and is rated by ESPN as No. 12 among its top players in women’s college basketball.

Davis is the second-leading returning scorer in the SEC and is poised to become only the fifth Lady Vol to rank in the school’s current top 10 in both scoring (14.7) and rebounding (7.8) averages per game. She is tied for sixth place at UT with former great Tamika Catchings in career double-doubles with 32. Davis is on her way to becoming only the 13th Lady Vol in the program’s illustrious history to average double figuers in points all four years of her career. Standing among the top 10 at UT for games with 20 points or more, she ranks ninth with 13 such games at this point. Davis is also 10th in career field goal percentage at 80.2.