Reax: The Davis Impact

Reax: The Davis Impact
Reax: The Davis ImpactKaela Davis

Georgia Tech has quickly, though in relatively quiet fashion, become one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s most consistent programs, registering 20-plus wins each of the past four seasons and earning six straight NCAA Tournament berths. Coach MaChelle Joseph and her staff had the nation’s ninth-ranked 2012 recruiting class, including four current freshman who were top 100 prospects.

On Thursday afternoon, No. 2 Kaela Davis of Buford, Ga., made her pledge to attend Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-2 guard becomes the first top 10 recruit to choose Tech since Joseph’s ascension to the first chair in 2003. The highest ranked incoming Yellow Jacket by HoopGurlz before Davis’ announcement was No. 13 Alex Montgomery in 2007. Montgomery went on to have a stellar career at Tech and was a first-round WNBA draft pick in 2011. Like Montgomery, Davis is a bigger wing player who can put the basketball in the hole from the inside or the outside.

Davis’ commitment means that the Tech perimeter game will include plenty of scoring options as she’ll play alongside Breana McDonald and Aaliyah Whiteside for three seasons and Sydney Wallace for two. All three were Super 60 prospects coming out of high school. Davis’ skill set complements all three of those options well and her presence will solidify a Tech roster that will return all but three players from this year’s roster. That returning group will include All-ACC caliber wing TyaunnaMarshall for her senior year so there won’t be any issues with depth.

Georgia Tech sits in downtown Atlanta, the capital city of a state known for producing some of the nation’s top prospects. Landing Davis puts Tech in a unique situation with recruiting going forward. She’ll arrive on campus with an opportunity to contribute to the program on day one. Much like Notre Dame has done with its success after landing Skylar Diggins in 2009, the Yellow Jackets will have a chance to recruit the region’s top players using Davis as the face of the program.

The scope of landing their first top-10 player should open both doors and eyes nationwide. With No. 22 Kai James of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., still on the radar in the 2013 class, Georgia Tech has a chance to pair Davis with another top-25 caliber player in her class before moving on to the class of 2014. After a Sweet Sixteen appearance where they lost to the eventual champion Baylor last March, the Yellow Jackets are looking to take the program to new heights with Davis leading the way.

#PeachStateTV Extra: Brandon Clay and Keil Moore sit down with Marques Burnett talk about Davis' impact at Georgia Tech:

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