DAHLONEGA, Ga. – It's rare to see a set of twins play on the same team at the collegiate level. It's even more rare for a team to have two sets of twins playing on the same squad, but that will be the situation next year for head coach Buffie Burson and the North Georgia College & State University women's basketball squad as twin guards Kaylee and Karlee Akin recently signed their National Letters of Intent to play in Dahlonega starting next fall.
"We feel fortunate to have signed Karlee and Kaylee to join our program," said Burson. "They are both fierce competitors and very skilled players.
"It's unique to be able to sign players who have been coached by a former player of mine, Sally Rush Echols," Burson stated. "Coach Echols won championships at North Georgia as a player, and continues to win big at Model High School as their head coach. Karlee and Kaylee play with the same fiesty spirit their coach played with when she was here. In addition, the twin's father, Andy Akin, is a coaching legend in Rome, Georgia. He coached girl's and boy's basketball at Model, including coaching Coach Echols. I can't wait to see what Karlee and Kaylee bring to our program!"
The Akin twins are beginning their senior campaigns at Model High School located in Rome, Ga. where they play for one of Burson's former players, Sally Rush Echols.
Both Kaylee and Karlee are four-year varsity starters in basketball and helped lead their team to both the Sub-Region and Region Championships last season as well as a trip to the "Elite Eight" of the state tournament and a 29-2 record. Their team also claimed the Rome News Tribune Holiday Festival and the Comcast Classic Championship. Karlee was named the Most Valuable Player in both tournaments.
The Akins lso led their team to a berth in the 2010 state tournament followed by an appearance in the "Sweet Sixteen" in 2011.
Kaylee, who wears No. 22, posted 5.6 points, 2.6 assists, 3.7 rebounds per game while shooting 50% from the field last season. She was named to the RNT All-Area team as an honorable mention selection in both 2011 and 2012 and also made the All-Area team in volleyball as an honorable mention in 2011 and made the first team in 2012. Also strong in the classroom, she is a four-year honor roll student and three-year member of the National Honor Society.
Karlee wears No. 25 and scored 11.4 points per game a season ago to go along with 4.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game while she shot 34.5% from three-point range. She was named to the RNY All-Area First Team in both 2011 and 2012 and she has named to both the All-Sub-Region and All-Region teams. Like her sister, Karlee played volleyball in high school and was an All-Area honorable mention in both 2011 and 2012 and was a four-year honor roll member.