Nov. 10, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau announced Wednesday the signing of Kyria Buford (6-2, forward, Charlotte, NC), Tanae Davis (5-11, guard, Dawson, GA), Mara Freshour (6-1, guard, Nashville, IN) and Cayla Moore (6-3, forward, Westover, GA) to National Letters of Intent.
“We set our focus on signing players who fit our specific needs as we enter into Phase Two of a building process,” Semrau said. “This class moves us closer to our goal of becoming a perennial Top 10 progam. Each of these student-athletes shares not only tremendous talent, but an elite level of commitment. This class exemplifies Phase Two.”
Buford, who averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks per game last year, has earned Street & Smith All-America honorable mention honors the past two seasons. The 2004 Charlotte Observer girls’ basketball player of the year, she led nationally-ranked Victory Christian to a 30-5 record and a fifth-straight North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A championship. For the second straight year, Buford was honored with the tournament’s most outstanding player award. Buford won most valuable player awards during the conference regular season, state and national tournament. She was also selected all-NCISAA. Buford helped Victory Christian go 3-1 in the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions, including a win against then-USA Today No. 3 Mountain View, Utah. Her team also advanced to the final of the Dell Curry Shootout before falling to the top-ranked team in the country. An Adidas Top Ten Camp All-Star, Buford was the Metro player of the year in 2004 after being named All-Metro second team in 2003. She is rated No. 37 among the Blue Star Top 100 seniors and eighth, is ranked among the top 10 power forwards in the nation by All Star Girls Report. Buford recently transferred to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Davis, regarded as one of the top 10 shooting guards in the nation by All Star Girls Report, is a four-sport athlete at Terrell County High School who in addition to basketball, competes in golf, softball and cross country. An AGS All-America Camp All-Star, Davis earned Class 2A all-state honorable-mention honors and was named the Albany Herald metro player of the year in 2004. A three-year letter winner at Terrell County High School, she averages 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. In the River City Classic Star Tournament, Davis was named the tournament MVP for her AAU team Georgia Blazers.
Freshour, who ranks among the Top 20 wing players by All Star Girls Report, averaged 18.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists last season for Brown County High School and was selected to the 2004 Indiana Junior All Stars. A three-time Street & Smith All-America honorable mention selection, Freshour was also named an AAU All-American in 2004 and is a two-time AAU Indiana player of the year. The AP all-state honorable mention standout is a three-time all-conference selection and has scored 1,006 career points. An honor roll student, Freshour has twice earned Bloomington Herald Times all-area first team honors and is a two-time Hoosier Basketball Magazine all-state selection.
Moore, who plays for Westover High School, earned Albany Herald all-region and all-metro honors in 2004 and has been an honorable mention all-state selection the past two seasons. Regarded as one of the top 50 power forwards in the nation by All Star Girls Report, Moore has 586 career points and 825 career rebounds. She has also earned Westover’s most improved and best rebounder awards during her career. Moore also competes in track and field and won shot put at the Class 3A state competition in 2004 with a throw of 37’2″ and was the region runner-up in both the high jump and 100 meter hurdles. Moore was an AAU (Sowega Magic) teammate of former Seminole Ronalda Pierce.
Over the past seven years during Phase One of the program, the Florida State coaching staff has consistently brought in some of the nation’s top athletes which allowed FSU to move from a cellar team in the ACC to a consistent upper middle. Three of the last four years, the Seminoles have participated in postseason play. Now it’s time for Phase Two.
“In Phase One, we faced a great deal of adversity and we made the choice to face it head on,” Semrau said. “The result is that character has been built into this program. We worked to change the culture that existed prior to Phase One and now we need to change the culture again in Phase Two. I believe we have the core people to do that. Now we move from a nurturing environment, to an environment of toughness. Our goal is to finish in the Top three of the ACC year in and year out, to be a perennial Top 10 team and to be a program that exudes personal responsibility, selflessness and a championship mentality. I’m not only excited about the players we have to enter into this phase, but we also have a staff that is geared to development.”