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Davis transfers to Buford hoops

For the second straight school year, Kaela Davis will be in a new high school basketball program, and this time, she's going from one state championship program to another.

The 6-foot-1 sophomore, who helped Norcross to its first Class AAAAA girls state title this past winter, enrolled at Buford as the school system began classes Friday and is set to join the Wolves' two-time defending Class AA squad when practice begins in October.

"We moved out here over the summer," Davis said. "And I'm definitely happy I'm here now."

Davis, who had transferred to Norcross from Greater Atlanta Christian upon entering high school last year, earned first-team all-county honors from the Daily Post after averaging 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game and hitting 35.9 percent from the 3-point arc and 73.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Davis, the daughter or former NBA player Antonio Davis, has been playing with the Wolves during summer league, and Buford coach Gene Durden is happy to welcome her into the program.

"No doubt, Kaela can do a lot of things," Durden said. "She's a versatile player. She can play well on the perimeter and there's a chance with her size and with mismatches she can post up.

"She's got a unique skill set. We're really excited with what we saw (in the summer)."

After teaming with fellow freshman Diamond DeShields in helping Norcross to the Class AAAAA state title last year, Davis will now join another close friend and young star -- junior Andraya Carter -- in helping the Wolves try for their third straight Class AA championship.

She also is happy with the way she has been received by Carter and the rest of the students and teachers at Buford.

"We met when I first moved (to Georgia and played at GAC) and our schools played each other," Davis said of Carter. "It's been really interesting hanging out with the girls (at Buford). It's been (a) pretty easy (transition). The people here are nice, and they've helped me get adjusted."

Durden is also confident Davis will fit right in once preseason practice begins in October.

"(Davis) and Andraya are good friends, and they've had great chemistry with each other and the whole team," Durden said. "The main thing we want is for our players to make sure they fit in (with each other), and not just in basketball. The internal chemistry is good with the girls both on and off the court."

Carter, in the meantime, is in Singapore representing the United States in the 3-ond-3 basketball competition at the 2010 World Youth Olympic Games, which run Aug. 15-23.

And Durden is excited about the experience his 5-8 point guard will get playing against international competition.

"It will help her develop as a player to play against competition of this level," Durden said. "Any time you put the United State jersey on, it's one of the highest goals you can achieve."