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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Kaela Davis picks Georgia Tech

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Kaela Davis, the No. 2 prospect in the nation, announced Thursday that she will stay close to home, giving a verbal commitment to Georgia Tech.

Davis, a 6-foot-2 guard from Buford (Ga.), becomes the first top-100 player in the 2013 class to give a verbal commitment to the Yellow Jackets. She joins Donnaizha Fountain, a 6-foot guard from Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (Cambridge, Mass.), and Gabrielle Holston, a 6-1 wing from Center Point (Birmingham, Ala.), in Georgia Tech's 2013 class.

Davis originally made a verbal commitment to Tennessee in June 2010. But this past February, Davis decided to reopen her recruitment because of concerns about the program's future when then-coach Pat Summitt announced she had early-onset dementia. Summitt retired at the end of last season and former assistant Holly Warlick has taken over as coach.

"Wanting to thank everyone in the process!!!" Davis wrote on Twitter. "Sorry for the delay!!"

Davis will look to continue the momentum in Atlanta.

Under coach MaChelle Joseph, the Yellow Jackets are coming off their best season in school history and are ranked 22nd in The Associated Press preseason poll.

A year ago, the Yellow Jackets won a school-record 26 games before falling to eventual national champion Baylor in the Sweet 16. Last year's seven-player recruiting class, which featured four top-100 players, was ranked the ninth-best in the nation by ESPN.

Davis, the daughter of former NBA player Antonio Davis, is a two-time gold medalist with USA Basketball, most recently at the 2012 FIBA Women's U17 World Championships in August.

Davis was named the Class AA Player of the Year by the Georgia Sports Writers Association in 2011-12 after Buford finished runner-up at the state championships. She helped lead Buford to a state title as a sophomore after transferring from Norcross, where she won a state title as a freshman.