Catalina’s Raja Davis & Niamoya Sylla signed on to play basketball for Scottsdale

Niamoya Sylla (L) & Raja Davis sign with Catalina coach Damon Lovato & Tara Wilson offering support. (Andy Morales/

Catalina standouts Raja Davis and Niamoya Sylla signed on to play basketball for Scottsdale on Thursday afternoon.

“I’m excited to be with a group of girls who are highly skilled in basketball,” Sylla said. “I’m nervous but still excited at the same time.”

Tara Wilson played basketball at Catalina from 1988-92 and she was good enough to earn a scholarship to play for NAU but she was unable to take that step. She is working hard to make sure her daughter Raja Davis takes advantage of this opportunity.

“I earned a four-year scholarship to NAU but I didn’t have the family support that Raja has,” Wilson explained. “It was a different time and she has all the support she needs.”

Davis understands the weight of her decision to play at the next level.

“It’s a new journey for me to be out on my own and getting used to the college life,” Davis said. “But I’ll adjust to it. I’ll be the first from my family.”

David Salazar III (Courtesy Photo)

Sunnyside standout wrestler David Salazar III signed with Embry-Riddle.

Nick Rosquist with his coach AJ Albritton (Courtesy Photo)

The Gregory School standout Nick Rosquist signed with Merritt College.



Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at



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