COLUMBIA — Dawn Staley’s roster has been bolstered by the addition of another standout player from the ACC, although this one won’t be able to compete for the South Carolina women’s basketball team until the 2016-17 season.
The Gamecocks’ head coach on Friday announced the signing of Georgia Tech’s Kaela Davis, the ACC’s third-leading scorer and the daughter of Antonio Davis, who played 13 years in the NBA. A 6-2 guard from Suwanee, Ga., Kaela Davis must sit out this coming season under NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining after that.
Davis becomes the second transfer from an ACC program added to the USC roster. Sarah Imobvioh, the ACC’s leading rebounder at Virginia last season, is eligible to play this coming season because she has already graduated. Shay Colley, a high school point guard from Brampton, Ontario, rounds out the current signees.
“We are so grateful Kaela and her family chose to continue her career as a South Carolina Gamecock,” Staley said in a release. “Kaela’s experience and skill set will be a great addition to our team as we work toward getting back to the Final Four and compete for national championships.”
Davis averaged 18.9 points in her two seasons at Georgia Tech, including a team-best 19.2 last year. The two-time All-ACC selection reached 1,000 career points faster than any other Yellow Jackets player and made 85 3-pointers, shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc. Her 652 points last year broke Georgia Tech’s single-season scoring record.
Georgia Tech announced May 19 that Davis would transfer, calling the move a mutual decision. “We wish Kaela and her family the very best and we thank her for her two years in our program,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. In a post on her Instagram account, Davis called leaving Georgia Tech “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life,” but added, “I want to compete for a national championship.”
Georgia Tech went 19-15 last season and played in the Women’s NIT. South Carolina is coming off a program-best 34-3 season which ended with the Gamecocks’ first trip to the Final Four.