Buford (Ga.) guard Kaela Davis knows a thing or two about how to play hard.
After all, the 6-foot-2 guard is the daughter of former NBA baller Antonio Davis. But don’t just credit a blessed bloodline for her basketball fortune, which includes a gold medal from standout performances as part of the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team during the FIBA World Championships.
Davis and her former Norcross (Ga.) teammate Diamond DeShields helped lead their team to the the AAAAA state title as freshmen.
But Davis became a friendly rival when she transferred to Buford (Ga.) for her sophomore season. At Buford, Davis led the Wolves to a 28-3 record and the 2A state championship.
Ranked the nation’s No. 2 recruit for the class of 2013, Davis will play at Georgia Tech.
Despite Davis’ mid-season departure — she left the team in January to treat Meniere’s disease, an inner-ear disorder tha affects balance and hearing — she averaged 18.1 points in her 19 games. Davis is the focus of this week’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA Watch.
This week’s player: Kaela Davis, Buford (Ga.) guard
2012-13 stats: Averaged 18.1 ppg, 5 rpg and 3.1 steals
Best Game: On Jan. 8, Davis posted a career-high 43 points — including five 3-pointers — in Buford's 71-57 win against Dawson County.
Others’ take: "Davis is a great all around ball player. We would zone her up and she would hit the three. When we went man she would take it to the basket. She also passes the ball well." — Banks County (Ga.) coach Jerry King
Look Out For: Stanford recruit Erica McCall. The Ridgeview (Calif.) forward was recently named the Gatorade California Girls Basketball Player of the Year. This season she averaged 19.7 points, 15.1 rebounds and 8.5 blocks a game.